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Elissa Gershowitz

About Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She is a current member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee.

2018 Sydney Taylor Book Awards and beyond!

This week the Association of Jewish Libraries announced the winners of the 2018 Sydney Taylor Book Awards. Named after the groundbreaking author of the All-of-a-Kind Family books (you know, the five sisters — Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, Gertie — and baby brother Charlie; which one are you?) the award “recognizes books for children and teens […]

Try, try again

Sometimes persistence is the key to success, as demonstrated by the following picture book characters who try, try again. In Molly Bang’s latest Sophie book, When Sophie Thinks She Can’t… (written with Ann Stern), our blonde-pigtailed heroine is working on a tangram puzzle when her older sister comes by and casually solves it (“Too bad […]

Review of Sam, the Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World

Sam, the Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World by Mo Willems; illus. by the author Preschool    Hyperion    48 pp. 9/17    978-1-368-00214-1    $17.99 As fans of Leonardo, the Terrible Monster (rev. 9/05) will remember, monster Leonardo’s buddy Sam is “the most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world.” In this sequel, Sam and Leonardo meet another […]

An Interview with Kishonna L. Gray

We need diverse books…and diverse games and diverse media. Game studies and comparative media studies expert Dr. Kishonna L. Gray, assistant professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University, spoke with Horn Book executive editor Elissa Gershowitz and elementary school librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro about representation and diversity in electronic […]

Innosanto Nagara, Wee the People, Frugal Bookstore: A Is for Awesome

Yesterday afternoon, Oakland-based author/illustrator Innosanto Nagara, best known for his board book A Is for Activist, held an awesome after-school event at the Frugal Bookstore (Friends of the Horn Book) in Roxbury, MA. Called “R Is for Rulebreakers! Celebrate Protest with Innosanto Nagara,” the event was hosted by Wee the People, “an arts-based series of […]

Architects and designers

Architects Maya Lin, Zaha Hadid, and Frank Lloyd Wright drew inspiration from science, nature, and the world around them to create iconic buildings and structures; artist and designer Mary Blair saw the possibility in color and embraced the motto: “It’s a Small World.” These picture-book biographies may similarly encourage budding architects and designers. Jeanne Walker […]

Halloween candy is for kids.

We were all bummed today that no one brought in any leftover Halloween candy. And then *this* arrived from our friends at Taza Chocolate…I mean Heaven: It is by far the most delicious thing to have come Out of the Box in our seven years of publication. And guess what? Today is Out of the […]

Boston Book Festival 2017: “Where We Find Ourselves”

The theme of the ninth annual Boston Book Festival was “Where We Find Ourselves.” We found ourselves in Booth #9 enjoying the music and performances from the Berklee Festival Stage — and all throughout the twenty-plus (!) venues in and around Copley Square and the Boston Public Library. Here are some highlights from the event […]

Review of Creepy Pair of Underwear!

Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds; illus. by Peter Brown Primary    Simon    48 pp. 8/17    978-1-4424-0298-0    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-7670-6    $10.99 This companion book to the author-illustrator team’s Creepy Carrots humorously spookifies another not-usually-scary item. While underwear-shopping with his mom, young bunny Jasper Rabbit spies a pair of green glow-in-the-dark undies with a Frankenstein’s-monster […]

National Bullying Prevention Month 2017 Unity Day

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Today is Unity Day, when people wear orange to spotlight the issue of bullying and raise awareness of bullying prevention. “Together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.” Click here for additional ways to show your support, and look for the hashtag #UnityDay2017. The following picture books […]