2013 BGHB Videos

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The 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award ceremony has been divided into thirteen YouTube video segments. Cathryn Mercier opens the 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards ceremony (2:53): Roger Sutton welcomes attendees (4:50): Jesse Klausmeier accepts an Honor Book Award for Open This Little Book (6:45): Editor Victoria Rock for Open This Little Book illustrator Suzy Lee […]

Photos from 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and Horn Book at Simmons

Roger and the Boston Globe-Horn Book hardware. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

Pictures from the 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and Horn Book at Simmons. For more about the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, click here.  

The Horn Book reviews the Big Words Biographies

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Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport; illus. by Bryan Collier Primary     Jump at the Sun/Hyperion    40 pp. 9/01     0-7868-0714-8     $15.99 Library ed. 0-7868-2591-X     $16.49 This is one book you can judge by its cover. The space on the front jacket is entirely filled […]

Recommended apps and e-books

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The apps and e-books recommended below were developed within the last few years. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. Click on the title links for full reviews of individual apps, or view all of our App Review of the Week selections here. Preschool Suggested age level for each entry: […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2013

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Please see below our annual Fanfare list, the Horn Book’s choices for the best books published for children and teens in 2013. We compile the list via an ongoing discussion among ourselves and with our reviewers, winnowing down the several hundred books the Horn Book Magazine highly recommended through the year to a relatively modest […]

Books mentioned in the December 2013 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Picture Books Building Our House by Jonathan Bean, Farrar, 5–8 years. Journey by Aaron Becker, Candlewick, 5–8 years. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown, Little, Brown, 3–7 years. Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? written by Eve Bunting, illus. by Sergio Ruzzier, Clarion, 3–7 years. Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle, Chronicle, […]

Holiday High Notes 2013

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O come, all ye faithful Horn Book readers… behold our annual selection of new holiday books, with reviews written by the Horn Book staff. Little Santa by Jon Agee; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Dial     40 pp. 10/13     978-0-8037-3906-2     $17.99     g It’s easy to distinguish Santa from his parents and six siblings (Larry, Mary, […]

Preview January/February 2014 Horn Book Magazine

January/February 2014 Horn Book Magazine

Horn Book Fanfare: our choices for the best books of 2013. Coverage of the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards: judges’ remarks, speeches, photos. Borderlands: Sophie Brookover, Elizabeth Burns, and Kelly Jensen discuss the emergence of New Adult books. The Writer’s Page: Jane Yolen revisits Owl Moon. Monica Edinger calls for a more nuanced depiction of […]

Writing for the Very Young: An Emotional Déjà Vu

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by Charlotte Zolotow The more I try to analyze children’s books — or the fusion of feelings and events that goes into writing for children — the more I realize what a mystery children’s thoughts are and what a mystery the whole process of writing for children is. Part of it is the imagery and […]

Exotic creatures

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Crump, Marty The Mystery of Darwin’s Frog Gr. 4–6   40 pp. Boyds Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. Told in an accessible first-person narrative by the behavioral ecologist author, this book describes the Darwin’s frog, an unusual species in which the male broods tadpoles in his vocal sac until they emerge as froglets. The science is solid, […]