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Archives for October 2017

On Summer Clark’s “What My First Grader Taught Me About Reading” (from 2017)

“Our library harbors a large supply of early readers. I helped him choose a stack that I found to be at an appropriate beginner level, with few words per page, basic beginning sight words, repetition of frequently used spelling patterns, and engaging topics that related to his interests — all of which I hoped would […]

Review of Strong as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became 
the Strongest Man on Earth

Strong as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became 
the Strongest Man on Earth by Don Tate; illus. by the author Primary    Charlesbridge    40 pp. 8/17    978-1-58089-628-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-60734-886-3    $9.99 The life of Eugen Sandow (1867–1925), a Victorian-era bodybuilding superstar dubbed “the Modern Hercules,” is rife with mystery. Not only did his family destroy his […]

HBD, SF!

Happy birthday to Shoshana, assistant editor extraordinaire! Here are some of our favorite sweet, silly, punny, poetic, and sometimes serious Shoshana-authored Horn Book pieces; check out her blog Walk the Ridgepole for more of her writing. (And if you feel inspired on her birthday to follow Shoshana’s generous example, head over to her “Parodies for […]

Muddy

Well, of course a book about blues musician Muddy Waters is the size and shape of a record album! On this book cover, Muddy Waters is framed sitting beneath a 3D-textured script of his name, while surrounded by richly textured patterns resembling Malian bògòlanfini (mud cloth). Illustrator Evan Turk employs visual metaphors throughout Muddy: The Story of […]

Letter to the World

Over on Facebook, Penguin/Putnam Executive Editor Stacey Barney* led me to a great how-I-got-into-publishing-and-how-publishing-could-be-better piece by Random House adult editor Chris Jackson, best know for his publishing of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me. I was especially struck by Jackson’s story about being in his first publishing job and not knowing how to type […]

Review of The War I Finally Won

The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Intermediate    Dial    388 pp.    g 10/17    978-0-5254-2920-3    $16.99 This sequel to Bradley’s Newbery Honor–winning The War That Saved My Life (rev. 1/15) begins with high drama: surgery for London-slum-born Ada to correct her clubfoot; the news that abusive Mam has died; Ada’s mistaken belief that she’ll […]

The Horn Book’s day off

After a whirlwind few weeks during which both publications’ closing dates loomed and we hosted the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony/Horn Book at Simmons colloquium weekend (which was amazing and inspiring and motivating, but not especially relaxing), we needed a break. So on Friday we played hooky and headed to Cape Ann for a day […]

Review of Masterpiece Mix

Masterpiece Mix by Roxie Munro; illus. by the author Primary    Holiday    32 pp.    g 8/17    978-0-8234-3699-6    $16.95 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-3912-6    $16.95 Munro is known as both a picture-book illustrator and a painter of large, detailed cityscapes. Here, the two disciplines converge. We watch as an artist walks to her studio, stretches a new canvas, and […]

Week in Review, October 9th-13th

This week on hbook.com… BGHB and HBAS celebration coverage: October 6th Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony timeline Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Resistance: Children’s Books in Troubled Times” timeline 2017 BGHB weekend photo slideshow From the September/October 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Melissa Sweet’s 2017 Zena Sutherland lecture: “To Inform and Delight: The […]

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2017

National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time for “paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society,” draws to a close this week. For more information and a calendar of events, visit the National Hispanic Heritage Month website. Here are some interviews, recommended books, and articles from […]