Lives and times

kamkwamba_boy who harnessed the wind

The settings of these narrative nonfiction titles span decades and geography — from WWII Denmark to contemporary Malawi — but the issues they explore are incredibly timely. When heavy rains, then drought, devastated his country of Malawi and the corrupt government didn’t respond, young William Kamkwamba used his scientific ingenuity to help people in need. […]

Week in Review, June 1st-5th

Week in Review

This week on… Preview the July/August 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Awards From the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Transformations: Book & Me comics by Charise Mericle Harper “Transformers: Reimagining the World” by Malinda Lo Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Float by Daniel Miyares Fiction: X: A Novel by […]

What retellings tell

carter_bloody chamber

On Monday night I went to Harvard Book Store to hear author/editor/anthologist/publisher Kelly Link speak about Angela Carter’s 1979 short story collection The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories. In May, Penguin Classics rereleased the collection in a 75th anniversary edition (the 75th anniversary of Carter’s birth, that is, not of the book’s original publication) with […]

Save the date! June kidlit events

Jack Gantos

June is a busy, busy, busy month for children’s book aficionados in and around Boston (pretty close to an event a day — whew!) Here are some events you definitely won’t want to miss: NE-SCBWI hosts author Nancy Werlin for a revision workshop entitled “Less is More: Artful Cutting and Shaping” on Sunday, June 7th, […]

Book & Me, Week 5

Book & Me by Charise Mericle Harper

Today we posted the final entry (*sniff!*) in Charise Harper Mericle’s original comics “Book & Me.” We’re sad to bid farewell to irrepressible Book and his erstwhile creator, but I imagine them walking hand-in-hand into the sunset, ready for their next bookish adventure. If you’re not ready to say goodbye, why not start over from […]

Book & Me, Week 4

Book & Me by Charise Mericle Harper

In case you missed them, here is the fourth batch of entries in Charise Mericle Harper’s original “Book & Me” comics series: #15: Greatness can be overwhelming. (Especially other people’s.) #16: Some (possibly questionable) advice on maximizing productivity #17: The care and feeding of new book ideas #18: Breakfast and book inspiration Stay tuned for […]

Week in Review, May 25th-29th

Week in Review

This week on… The 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards were announced on Wednesday! full press release Horn Book reviews of the Picture Book, Fiction, and Nonfiction Award winners and honor books video and pictures of the announcement made by Roger and Rebecca Stead early-bird registration for the 2015 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Transformations […]

The Unstoppables app review

unstoppables menu

The Unstoppables app (Cerebral: The Swiss Foundation for Children with Cerebral Palsy, May 2015) introduces a diverse group of four young friends with complementary strengths: Melissa, who is blind, can reach high objects with her cane. Mai can jump over obstacles and crouch to go under them. Achim, who is in a wheelchair, can travel […]

Drumroll, please… The 2015 BGHB Award announcements

bghb 2015 announcement powerpoint

On Wednesday, May 27th, at SLJ’s Day of Dialog, Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton and 2010 BGHB Fiction Award winner Rebecca Stead announced the 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honor books. This year’s award ceremony will take place on Friday, October 2nd, followed by the Horn Book at Simmons colloquium, “Transformations,” […]

Book & Me, Week 3

Book & Me by Charise Mericle Harper

In case you missed them, here is the third batch of entries in Charise Mericle Harper’s original “Book & Me” comics series: #10: On productivity and the “dark forces of distraction” #11: Book’s stealth marketing scheme #12: Book believes in positive reinforcement #13: Gimme a B! Gimme an O! Gimme and O! Gimme a K! […]