Research and information science


Bailer, Darice  Will and Wendy Build a Website with Digital Tools Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Norwood Illustrated by Sean O’Neill. Writing Builders series. Wendy and her best friend Will learn how to design a website for their classroom. The solid information and writing tips are mostly suited to middle graders (though the gimmicky framing story […]

2015 Boston Book Festival highlights

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The annual Boston Book Festival took place over the weekend, and we had a blast seeing some familiar faces (and lots of new ones!) at the Horn Book booth and attending programming. Here are some highlights from events staff attended. Elissa: My family attended several Story Time sessions in the newly renovated, amazingly beautiful, perfectly […]

Reviews of select books by Vera B. Williams

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Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart by Vera B. Williams; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Greenwillow    72 pp. 9/01    0-06-029460-4    15.95    g Library ed.    0-06-029461-2    15.89 For sisters Essie and Amber, a “Best Sandwich” means snuggling together with their teddy bear between them, breathing “each other’s breath / in and out and in […]

Trend takeaway from 2015 BGHB/HBAS: Transformations


Imperial Russia is the new vampires. And then there’s this: And, okay, yes, it’s way-post-Imperial, but also this: Dasvidaniya, Edward. Privet, Dmiti. For more 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book and Horn Book at Simmons: Transformations, click on the tag

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

Five questions for Duncan Tonatiuh Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh, Abrams, 6–9 years. Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh, Abrams, 6–9 years. Tricks and treats I Used to Be Afraid by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Roaring Brook/Porter, 3–6 […]

Photos from 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and Horn Book at Simmons

Roger Sutton's welcoming remarks. Photo: Aram Boghosian.

Correct us if we’re wrong, but we thought this year’s Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Transformations was fab! Engaging, thought-provoking, heart-tugging, funny — the eloquent speeches (to be published in the January/February 2016 Horn Book Magazine), panel discussions, breakout sessions, and casual conversations left attendees transformed. Susan Cooper’s caterpillar-to-butterfly soup. […]

2015 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium timeline

Roger Sutton and the Horn Book at Simmons editors panel: "It's a manuscript until I say it's a book." Photo: Shoshana Flax.

On Saturday, October 3rd, we held our fifth annual Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, with the theme “Transformations.” Miss the fun? We’ve compiled a timeline of the day’s highlights based on tweets by our staff and other attendees. See Friday’s ceremony timeline here. 9:07 am: Good morning! We’re ready for a full day of great […]

2015 BGHB ceremony timeline

The 2015 winners and honorees. Photo: Aram Boghosian.

Did you miss the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards on Friday, October 2nd? Just want to relive the excitement of the ceremony? We’ve compiled a timeline of the evening’s highlights based on tweets by our staff and other attendees. See Saturday’s Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium timeline here.   5:43 pm: @jescaron: The crowd is gathering! […]

From the Guide: YA Horror


This year’s “Horn BOO!,” our annual roundup of Halloween-y books, will satisfy the spook-loving picture-book set. Teen readers — those with a more mature taste in fright, greater immunity to fear, and, in some cases, seriously strong stomachs — should check out these horror novels from the spring and fall 2015 issues of The Horn […]

Horn BOO! 2015

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Don’t be frightened. The ten (not-so) terrifying tales reviewed by the Horn Book staff in our annual Halloween roundup are only make-believe. (Wait, what’s that behind you?) Carl’s Halloween by Alexandra Day; illus. by the author Preschool   Ferguson/Farrar   32 pp. 8/15   978-0-374-31082-0   $14.99 When Mom blithely announces that she’s going over to Grandma’s for a […]