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Archives for February 2014

Horn Book Week in Review, February 24th–28th

This week on hbook.com… Not on our site, but not to be missed: PW’s article about the CBB “Why Did THAT Book Win?” panel Preview the March/April 2014 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Illustration From the March/April issue: Editorial: “As Pretty Does” “Just Enjoy the Pictures: Hand-Crafted Versus Digital Art” by Julie Danielson Articles from […]

The wave of the future?

“What is it?” “It looks like a Disney princess movie!” “It sounds like a Planet Earth episode.” Well, not exactly, but not far off the mark, either. Disney and author Jennifer Donnelly (A Northern Light, Revolution) are collaborating on a multimedia fantasy project set to debut in early May. The WaterFire saga is projected to […]

The Horn Book Magazine — March/April 2014

Table of Contents   Features Leonard S. Marcus 14 An Interview with Neal Porter A renowned publisher shares his insight into the current state of picture books. Jon Scieszka and Molly Leach 28 Design Matters The classic Horn Book article — now in color. Julie Danielson 44 Just Enjoy the Pictures: Hand-Crafted Versus Digital Art […]

Editorial: As Pretty Does

Back in 1998, the Horn Book Magazine published a special issue devoted to picture books. With articles about picture book history, reviewing and writing picture books, and a baker’s dozen of first-person “Studio Views,” it became a children’s lit classroom staple and is easily the most requested special issue we’ve produced. We ran out of […]

More books to discuss

Last week was our first week with book discussion on this blog rather than our usual posts from teachers. I didn’t exactly blow the horn to announce them, so this week I’m trying something different, hoping more of you see — and join — the discussions. So… *horn fanfare* …we hope you will join us […]

This Is Not My Hat

Here’s one of the two picture books we’re reading for our second class. What do you make of this one? For those of you who know your lit, this is a classically unreliable narrator. How do the text and art play off each other? If you can, try reading it aloud, ideally to a child. […]

That New Animal

Here’s another picture book for our second class. There are lots of books out there that tackle an emotional issue in a heavy handed way. I’m not a fan of those books, but I love this one. What do you think? Does it accomplish its goal? Would it appeal to a child in a similar […]

There Is a Bird On Your Head!

Mo Willems has become THE master of easy readers. With pre-book work includes Sesame Street and animation, he had the perfect training to create child- and teacher-friendly easy readers. I think he deserves every one of his many awards. What do notice in this deceptively simple book? What does he do with simple shapes and […]

Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same!

This is one of our two easy readers (a.k.a. early readers) for our second class. We talked about the difference between picture books and easy readers. How well do you think this book works? Clearly it’s for somewhat more fluent readers than the Elephant and Piggy books. Do the situations match the age of the […]

Picture This

Molly Bang‘s Picture This is her personal exploration as she tries to analyze the emotional effects of art. Most illustrators go with their gut as they compose their pictures, but Molly wanted to see if there were some rules involved as well. An experienced illustrator, she says she began to understand art and composition better […]