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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.

Dos and Don’ts of Writing Complex Teens…by an actual complex teen

As seen on Facebook: Friend of The Horn Book Christine M. Heppermann — author, poet, and mother of one most excellent teen Audrey Hinsdale (read her Family Reading post “My Own Discretion Advised”) — posted this advice from her daughter on the “Dos and Don’ts of Writing Complex Teens.”

OH! AH! WAAHOO! Concept books!

Learning about colors, numbers, sounds, and the ABCs can be a blast (“WAAHOO!”) with these concept books for preschoolers-and-up. Say Zoop!, the latest old-school interactive picture book by Hervé Tullet (author of Press Here), plays with sounds, primary colors, and creativity. The book begins: touch a small blue dot “and say a little oh!” Press […]

The Horn Book is a bunch of liars; or: YOU go the eff to sleep

Look, I love Goodnight Moon just as much as the next parent. The text’s gentle cadence and reassuring repetition. The play of light and shadow across the great green room. And that achingly beautiful and mysterious ending: “Goodnight stars / Goodnight air / Goodnight noises / Everywhere.” My children love it, too. They love filling […]

Summer’s here

Climbing trees, getting wet, having outdoor adventures. The following picture books capture the mood of summertime exploration and fun. Even though he’s warned to stay safely inside the icebox, the titular star of Ice Boy escapes to the outside (“Hello, world!”). He loves the outside with its beach and its sun…and he soon becomes Water […]

AJL 2017 in NYC

This year’s Association of Jewish Libraries conference was in NYC (don’t worry, I’ve already made all the bagel jokes). The conference was hosted by Hebrew Union College, in the vicinity of dynamic and confusing Greenwich Village, and the theme was “The Sky’s the Limit.” As a member of the Sydney Taylor Book Awards committee, I […]

American Revolution, NOT rich white men

Ms. Katie’s third-grade class sent home a note letting families know about their Revolutionary War project, a collection of essays titled History’s Unknown Heroes: Uncovering Massachusetts’s Revolutionary Heroes: In third grade, we were studying the American Revolution, and we noticed there were a lot of important people whose stories are not told that much. The […]

Father’s Day 2017

For Father’s Day, here are some recent books for preschoolers that celebrate the warmth between children and their fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, and father figures. (After reading these, revisit last year’s Thunder Boy, Jr. by Sherman Alexie and Yuyi Morales!) After finishing his swimming lessons and passing his test, the star of Jabari Jumps is ready […]

Five questions for Susan Juby

In The Fashion Committee (Viking, 14 years and up), author Susan Juby takes readers back to Green Pastures Academy, a high school for the arts and setting of her 2015 book The Truth Commission (Viking, 14 years and up). We follow a totally new cast of characters who are competing for a spot at the […]

Loving Day Cambridge 2017

The city of Cambridge, MA, is hosting a celebration this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark civil rights case that struck down anti-miscegenation laws and legalized interracial marriage (yes, that happened only fifty years ago!). Follow this link for the calendar of free events — including a special kid-friendly […]

Review of Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever.

Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever. edited by Betsy Bird Intermediate, Middle School    Viking    205 pp.    g 5/17    978-0-451-477-316    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-698-409-446    $10.99 Fuse #8 blogger Bird’s compilation includes twenty-eight entries from “laugh-out-loud funny” female children’s book creators, whom Bird argues are underrepresented in the publishing industry, plus a […]