2015 BGHB Fiction Day

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Today we’re honoring our BGHB Fiction Award winners! Read reviews of all of the 2015 fiction winners here; see below for more web extras to celebrate them. Join us on October 2–3, 2015, for the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Transformations, featuring several 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award recipients. The 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction […]

Countdown to BGHB festivities!

2015 BGHB announcement

Who’s excited for BGHB15 and HBAS15? You know we are! All this week we’ll be highlighting the winning books and their creators with extras from our archives — interviews, reviews, articles, and more — to help you prep for the ceremony and colloquium taking place October 2nd and 3rd. Get started now with our reviews […]

Updated Spanish-English bilingual booklist

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The books below, recommended by the Horn Book Magazine and Guide, were published within the last five years. While some titles contain only a sprinkling of Spanish vocabulary, many are fully bilingual. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For more Spanish-English bilingual books, click here. Preschool Suggested ages level […]

Reviews of selected books by Jonathan Stroud

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The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book One by Jonathan Stroud Middle School      Miramax/Hyperion     462 pp. 9/03     0-7868-1859-X      $17.95 The magicians ruling the British empire in this anachronistic modern fantasy derive their powers from demons — marids, afrits, djinn, imps — who, though summoned to work the magicians’ wills, are always looking […]

Books mentioned in the September 2015 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Eric Carle The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle, Philomel, 2–5 years. Stuff and nonsense Playful Pigs from A to Z by Anita Lobel, Knopf, 3–6 years. Two Mice by Sergio Ruzzier, Clarion, 3–6 years. Finders Keepers by Keiko Kasza, Putnam, 2–5 years. Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage, Scholastic, 2–5 years. Where’s Walrus? […]

Helen Oxenbury’s 2003 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Illustrator Award Acceptance


By Helen Oxenbury I’d like to start by thanking the Boston Globe, the Horn Book, and the award judges for choosing Big Momma Makes the World for this wonderful prize. It is such an honor. I’d also like to thank my two publishers, Walker Books in England and Candlewick Press here in Massachusetts. And many, […]

On crossing over: straight from the horses’ mouths


Why do some authors “cross over” from writing adult to children’s books or children’s to adult? To find out, we went straight to the source. Shopaholic series author Sophie Kinsella (“The Queen of Romantic Comedy”), author of Finding Audrey — her first YA! — graciously submitted to our Five Questions treatment (sad to say she’s […]

Five questions for Sophie Kinsella: Crossover Week edition

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Sophie Kinsella, author of the Shopaholic series for adults, is known as “The Queen of Romantic Comedy.” Her new book, Finding Audrey, is her first foray into YA territory…and it’s a good one. Kinsella graciously submitted to The Horn Book’s Five Questions treatment during Crossover Week. 1. Your portrayal of anxiety disorders is so vivid […]

Horn Book Magazine – September/October 2015

September/October 2015 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents Features “(Very Eventually) The Zena Sutherland Lecture” by Jack Gantos The stories behind the stories, and, characteristically, some other stories. “A Thousand Winters” by Kwame Alexander Working to make order out of chaos. “The Woman Who Drew Narnia” by Vicky Smith Through the wardrobe with Pauline Baynes. Columns Editorial “Read Before You […]

Lisa Graff Talks with Roger


Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. In Lost in the Sun, a companion to Umbrella Summer, Lisa Graff explores the consequences of one boy’s death on the other boy who inadvertently caused it. How do you get over […]