A new original comic: Book & Me

Book & Me by Charise Mericle Harper

We are thrilled to present Book & Me, a new comics series by Charise Mericle Harper about an author and her not-always-cooperative — but always hugely entertaining — literary creation. The first five comics originally appeared in The Horn Book Magazine May/June Special Issue: Transformations. You can read all about Harper’s inspiration for this series […]

Editorial: Plus ça change

May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine

Late last summer, the Horn Book staff gathered at Roger’s house for our annual editorial and organizational planning meeting. It was one of those Goldilocks sorts of days: too hot in the sun, too cold in the shade. This winter’s Snowpocalypse wasn’t even a gleam in anyone’s eye. Our office had recently moved from Charlestown […]

Not-so-new New Yorkers

(Top) Kadir Nelson and Harry Bliss; (Bottom) Christoph Niemann and Liniers.

I know this is not news, but, boy, there are a lot of New Yorker covers lately that were done by people (men) who are also illustrators. (Because my husband never throws them away, we’ve got a lot lying around.) Here’s an array.

T for two

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Reading through the fiction reviews section of the May/June Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Transformations, I’m struck by the sudden urge for tea. One lump or two, protagonists? Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff: “I didn’t do it on purpose, obviously,” says twelve-year-old Trent Zimmerman. “Kill Jared Richards, I mean.” Cuckoo Song by Frances […]

Fiete: A Day on the Farm app review

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In Fiete: A Day on the Farm (German developer Ahoiii, December 2014), children help sailor Fiete — star of his own previous, self-titled app — and his farmer friends, Hein and Hinnerk, throughout their busy day. The home screen shows the three in a boat. The sky is blue, the hills are rolling, the birds […]

Hubbub 2015


This year the Boston Book Festival* is putting on a children’s festival, Hubbub, on June 20, 2015. Billed as “Creative Commotion for Kids,” the fest includes author/illustrator events (headliner: Mo Willems!), kid music (Dan Zanes and Friends), games, puppets, hands-on science activities, stilt-walkers, and more. Yesterday I sat on a panel for the event with […]

Elissa’s Hubbub booklist

New Jon Agee: It’s Only Stanley Cece Bell: I Yam a Donkey Raúl Colón: Draw! Ame Dyckman and Zachariah OHora: Wolfie the Bunny Marla Frazee: The Famer and the Clown Chris Haughton: Shh! We Have a Plan Daniel Miyares: Float   #We Need Diverse Books Selina Alko and Sean Qualls: The Case for Loving: The […]

May/June 2015 special issue, making the sausage

May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine

Here’s the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Transformations all laid out. It’s a good one! Look for it in your mailbox later this month, or subscribe now.

Shh! We have an author event!


The other night, Martha Parravano and I attended an “Ink and Drink” at Candlewick Press for visiting author Chris Haughton. Boston was a stopover for Haughton, an Irishman who lives in London, on his way to Mississippi to accept the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award for Shh! We Have a Plan, which received a […]

Review of The Penderwicks in Spring

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The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall Intermediate   Knopf   339 pp. 3/15   978-0-375-87077-4   $16.99 Library ed. 978-0-375-97077-1   $19.99   g e-book ed. 978-0-307-97459-4   $10.99 In this fourth Penderwicks book, time has passed and the family landscape has changed. Mr. Penderwick has married the lovely Iantha; Rosalind is away at college; and Skye is fending off best […]