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Recommended Poetry: Intermediate

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Fogliano, Julie When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons 56 pp. Roaring Brook/Porter 2016. ISBN 978-1-59643-852-1 Illustrated by Julie Morstad. The book begins and ends on “march 20″ with a blue bird on a flowering tree branch (and with the same poem). In between are poems for days throughout the year. Morstad’s gouache and […]

Purple

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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today 2 get through this thing called Life… We were saddened to hear of Prince’s death yesterday. In honor of the Purple One, here’s a small collection of purple-centric books for young readers — many of them also celebrating the Princely values of individuality, creativity, and imagination. All are […]

Recommended reading about Harriet Tubman

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Today the U. S. Treasury announced that Underground Railroad conductor and abolitionist Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. The new design will be revealed in 2020. To celebrate, here are a handful of books about Tubman’s life and legacy, all reviewed and recommended at the time of their publication by The […]

Books mentioned in the April 2016 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Roxane Orgill Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill, illus. by Francis Vallejo, Candlewick, 6–9 years. A variety of verses When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano, illus. by Julie Morstad, Roaring Brook, 5–8 years. Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob […]

Five questions for Roxane Orgill

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Art Kane’s spectacular 1958 photograph of fifty-seven jazz greats, Harlem 1958, was the inspiration for Roxane Orgill’s poetry collection Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph (Candlewick, 6–9 years), illustrated by Francis Vallejo. With equal measure warmth and humor, confidence and awe, Orgill’s poems capture a thrilling moment in music history. 1. You mention […]

Opening Day 2016

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It’s Opening Day at Fenway Park! (We can hear the helicopters from the Horn Book office.) Here are some baseball picture books to get you cheering for the ol’ ball game. McCully, Emily Arnold Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story Gr. K–3 32 pp. Farrar/Ferguson 2015 In the early twentieth century, Lizzie Murphy […]

Beverly Cleary letter to Lois Darling

Letter (circa late 1970s/early 1980s) from Beverly Cleary to Lois Darling, widow of illustrator Louis Darling. Used with permission of Beverly Cleary and The Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota Libraries Archives and Special Collections.

This spring the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art launches an exhibit of the work of illustrator Louis Darling, Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary. While preparing the exhibit, curator (and Caldecott Honoree, thank you very much!) Tony DiTerlizzi found the following letter from Beverly Cleary to Darling’s widow, Lois, with a […]

Collaboration in action, Horn Book Magazine May/June 2016 special issue

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Here we are demonstrating the theme of The Horn Book Magazine‘s upcoming May/June 2016 special issue: Collaborations. It’s a good one! Featuring articles by: Rita Williams-Garcia, the Nerdy Book Club, Lydie Raschka, JonArno Lawson & Sydney Smith, the Holm siblings, the Tamaki cousins, Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely, Candace Fleming & Anne Schwartz, Philip Pullman […]

Preview May/June 2016 Horn Book Magazine

May/June 2016 Horn Book Magazine

Special Issue: Collaborations Lydie Raschka describes her husband Chris Raschka’s collaboration with Vera B. Williams on the beloved author/illustrator’s last book. Author Rita Williams-Garcia talks about her work mentoring MFA students. Ann Rider, editor, shares her process for pairing an author with “just the right illustrator.” Foreign Correspondence: Elena Abós on how a translator acts […]

Sitting in Bertha’s Chair

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IF ONLY!! Okay, this book we announced on April 1st is not a real memoir. And not all of the “facts” we revealed are true (see: factoid, “a piece of unverified or inaccurate information that is presented in the press as factual…” from American Heritage Dictionary). But some of them are! See below for details. […]