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Archives for April 2017

Week in Review, April 24th-28th

This week on hbook.com… Check out our beautiful new Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards microsite! Carmen Agra Deedy and Eugene Yelchin Talk with Roger (and don’t miss Eugene Yelchin’s 2013 Magazine article “The Price of Truth” on the danger — and value — of reading in a police state) April 2017 “Spring News” edition of The […]

#NESCBWI17 recap

The New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (NESCBWI) Annual Conference is a place to get re-inspired, a place to gain new insights and apply familiar ones to new projects, to encourage friends’ work. And this year, as the conference theme put it, it was a place to “Expand & Diversify Your Portfolio.” […]

April 2017 Spring News Horn Book Herald

After a long New England winter, we are always on the lookout for signs of springtime. The flowers are in bloom, the Hubway bicycles reappear, and we begin planning for the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards (check out our brand-new dedicated website!). From Earth Day to Poetry Month, here is some springtime news. And look for […]

Review of One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes; illus. by various artists Intermediate, Middle School, High School   Bloomsbury   120 pp. 1/17    978-1-61963-554-8    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-61963-555-5    $12.99 The vibrancy of the Harlem Renaissance is illuminated in Grimes’s provocative poetry collection. In a tribute to the great poets of the […]

How Many Saturdays? app review

What if we measured our lives in units other than hours, days, months, and years? Would life “feel shorter? Longer? More absurd? More precious?” The Exploratorium‘s app How Many Saturdays? (2015; iOS only) considers this idea by comparing the number of Saturdays in one’s lifespan to other, less common measurements of time. After a brief […]

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2017

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day — part of the National Poetry Month celebration. Here are two favorite poems, tucked into the pockets of Horn Bookers Shoshana and Katie: Editor in chief Roger Sutton says he “doesn’t do Days” — but that may be because he posts a bit of verse and an accompanying […]

Egg

This book is both exactly what you’d expect from the cover — and totally different. A heartwarming tale of friendship and loyalty and persistence, with a surprising and subversive twist. A book of few words, but tons of fun to read aloud. A color palette that remains constant even as the story takes an unexpected turn. A picture book for the very, […]

Poetry Month

Anyone who is Facebook friends with Roger Sutton knows about his abiding love for poetry; he posts a poem and accompanying photograph nearly every day. Here’s The Horn Book’s answer to the question “What Makes Good Poetry?” • From the Editor: “Treat a poem like a picture book: read it, read it again, read it […]

Making a Difference Spring 2017

Acts of kindness, civic engagement, social justice, and activism. People of all ages can help change the world. • Making a Difference: resources about social justice and activism • Family Reading: A Place for All Families: the Horn Book’s newest blog • With a Little Help from Their Friends: new picture books about small gestures […]

Earth Day and Week of Action

On April 22, we celebrated Earth Day by attending the March for Science; this week (April 24th-28th) is the March’s Week of Action. Here are some resources celebrating our precious planet, educating young readers about the crises it faces, and offering them age-appropriate models for environmental activism. • Earth Day booklist • She Blinded Me […]