Freedom Summer reading

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the 1964 grassroots campaign to register black voters in Mississippi — the state with the lowest percentage of black voters registered and a history of disenfranchisement through intimidation and violence. These books about that significant and bloody summer are all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine […]

Headmaster?

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Crossing the Simmons quad this morning, I spotted a familiar figure: long white hair and beard, flowing robes, and twinkling, bespectacled eyes… Professor Dumbledore? No, it was Professor Bob White, a beloved Communications department faculty member. Still, his big smile and cheery “Good morning!” added a little bit of magic to my morning.

Week in Review, June 9th-13th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… The Fault in Our Stars movie review Remembering publisher Frances Foster “Changing Times“: Russell Freedman’s Kerlan Award acceptance speech June Notes from the Horn Book: five questions for Don Mitchell, Freedom Summer and Black History, bedtime books, wacky intermediate sci-fi, and middle-school graphic novels 2014 Summer Reading Reviews of the Week: […]

June’s Notes is here!

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In June’s edition of Notes from the Horn Book, we ask historian Don Mitchell about researching his new book The Freedom Summer Murders. You’ll also find • more nonfiction about Freedom Summer and Black History • new going-to-bed books • wacky intermediate sci-fi • graphic novels for middle schoolers You can read the issue online […]

Books for the weary traveler

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My boyfriend and I were on our way back to Boston after a weekend trip to Connecticut, in desperate need of something to eat (and caffeine) when I spotted a huge sign and read it aloud with delight: “Traveler FOOD and BOOKS!” How could we pass that up? Half blast-from-the-past diner, half used bookstore, The […]

Graphic novels for middle schoolers

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From poignant historical fiction to introspective coming-of-age tale, hilarious space caper to action-packed superhero story, four new graphic novels for middle schoolers showcase the range of the graphic novel format. In Gaijin: American Prisoner of War, thirteen-year-old Koji Miyamoto is living in San Francisco with his (white) mother when Japan attacks Pearl Harbor. Despite being […]

Week in Review, June 2nd-6th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… On Saturday, May 31st, at BookExpo America, Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton announced the 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honors! Preview the July/August 2014 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Awards, with gorgeous ALA-centric cover art by Caldecott Medalist Brian Floca (can you spot all of the references?) […]

June kidlit events in the Boston area

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Get out your calendars! Upcoming children’s literature events for the Boston metro area: Author Nandini Bajpai will sign her novels Red Turban, White Horse and Starcursed at the Bacon Free Library tonight, Tuesday, June 3rd, at 7:00 pm. Author/illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka (Lunch Lady series, Punk Farm) will celebrate the release of The Platypus Police Squad: The […]

The envelope, please…

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On Saturday, May 31st, at BookExpo America, Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton announced the 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honors. A few pics from the happy day, all taken by BGHB coordinator Katrina Hedeen: This year’s Horn Book at Simmons one-day colloquium is entitled “Mind the Gaps: Books for All Young […]

Week in Review, May 26th-30th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Don’t miss tomorrow’s announcement of the 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honorees, live at BEA at 1 pm (Librarians Lounge, Javits Center), at hbook.com/boston-globe-horn-book-awards, and @HornBook! 2014 Summer Reading May 2014 Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book: Recommended nonfiction about folklore, insects and arachnids, oceanography, gardening and outdoor discovery, […]