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Love the Earth 2017

Earth Day and the March for Science are coming up on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The following picture books introduce children to some of the challenges facing our Earth, and provide suggestions to help on a scale they can manage. For more on this topic, see Kathleen T. Isaacs’s Horn Book Magazine article “Fostering Wonder.” […]

Five questions for David Elliott

“Whaddup, bitches?” says Poseidon at the start of David Elliott’s Bull (Houghton, 14 years and up) a verse-novel retelling of the Minotaur story from ancient Greek mythology that keeps readers on their toes with whip-smart dialogue, narrative double-crosses, changing poetic forms (seven main characters each has his or her own), and, of course, the stormy, […]

Passover picture books

Here’s an updated list of Passover books to nibble on when the matzo runs dry. Please visit the Association of Jewish Libraries website for more book recommendations and Resources for Troubled Times. Preschool Two Shalom Sesame series entries, written by Tilda Balsley and Ellen Fischer and illustrated by Tom Leigh, follow Sesame Street characters in […]

On “Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader” (from 2001)

One of our most popular handouts at conferences and meetings has always been Dean Schneider and Robin Smith’s brilliant, biting “Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader“(from the March/April 2001 issue of The Horn Book Magazine). Times may have changed somewhat — “#2. Put a TV or computer in every room. Don’t neglect the […]

On “Squeaky Little Wheels” (December 2016)

In December, Liz Phipps Soeiro followed up her Horn Book Magazine Field Notes article “Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School” with the Family Reading blog post “Squeaky Little Wheels,” about encouraging critical thinking and activism at home. This amazing school librarian, mom, and Family Reading contributor was just named a “Mover & […]

Movers & Shakers

There are some familiar faces on Library Journal‘s annual “Movers & Shakers” list, including elementary school librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro. Read about how Liz shakes up her school’s library in her Horn Book articles “Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School” and “Squeaky Little Wheels.” And spend some time perusing the Library Journal […]

Kate DiCamillo gives a lecture, answers a billion questions from kids, and signs until the cows come home

If you’ve never been to a Kate DiCamillo author event, you may have never experienced anything like it. Rock star, schmock star — the immediate past National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is her own brand of celebrity, beloved by children everywhere, not least the approximately one billion who attended the inaugural annual Margret and […]

Doing their bit (backwards and in heels)

March is Women’s History Month, and this year it feels especially vital to shine a light on the accomplishments of women and girls (see the two Ada Lovelace books below!). The following picture books celebrate women throughout history who have smashed societal expectations and restrictions. For more of The Horn Book’s Women’s History Month coverage, […]

Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival app review

In Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival (Move On Pluto, January 2017; iOS only), a bespectacled boy named Max wakes up to discover that his dog, Percival, is missing. He enlists the aid of his adventurous friend, Meredith, to search for Percival. Meredith, dressed in a Robin Hood cloak and cap and carrying a […]

On Megan Dowd Lambert’s “Dave the Potter and Stevie the Reader” (from 2011)

Megan Dowd Lambert served on the 2011 Caldecott committee, which recognized Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave as a Caldecott Honor Book (that year’s winner was A Sick Day for Amos McGee). Megan had been hesitant to share the book with her younger children: “I think perhaps I shied away from it as read-aloud fare […]