Once upon a newsletter

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In September’s Notes from the Horn Book, Kitty asks past HB reviewer/contributor Christine Heppermann five questions about her new fairy tale–inspired YA poetry collection, Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty. This issue’s also got • girls on the edge in YA novels • sequels to beloved picture books • primary nonfiction on nature • […]

September children’s lit events in Boston

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Happy September! Please join Children’s Books Boston for refreshments and an opportunity to connect with fellow children’s books lovers at a reception at Simmons College’s Paresky Conference Room at 5:30 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 11th. Here’s what else is happening this month: Instructor Wendy Wunder will teach a class entitled “The Emotional Rollercoaster: […]

Abhorsen read-alikes

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Like me, my friend Marie (hi Marie!) is a huge fan of Garth Nix’s Abhorsen YA fantasy trilogy. And like me, she’s been patiently(ish) anticipating Clariel, the prequel publishing in October, for years. A lot of them. Unlike me, however, she doesn’t have an ARC…so I’m mailing her my reviewer copy. Here are some Abhorsen […]

Nature lovers

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Back-to-school blues? Give kids these engaging science books — which introduce primary readers to intriguing animals, habitats, natural processes, and conservation causes — to pique scientific curiosity and fuel imagination. Katherine Roy’s Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands examines the sometimes chilling, always fascinating details of what makes the great […]

Week in Review, September 1st-5th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Calling Caldecott returns! Come champion your favorite picture books of the year. From the September/October 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Editorial: “Upstate Over There“ “Elisabeth Hamilton & Margaret McElderry: Two Approaches, One Passion” by Barbara Bader Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra […]

Pete the Cat in the Big Easy

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I just spent a week in New Orleans, a place I’ve wanted to visit since first reading Interview with the Vampire as a teen. The week held plenty of sights and experiences I’d been highly anticipating (a ghost tour, the Garden District, blues and jazz clubs, and — of course — beignets) and some I […]

Week in Review, August 22nd-26th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… 2013-2014 yearbook superlatives From the September/October 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “The Voice of Reason“: ALSC President Starr LaTronica responds to that controversial editorial Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Quest by Aaron Becker Fiction: The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis Nonfiction: Buried Sunlight: How Fossil […]

Week in Review, August 18th-22nd

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: My Teacher Is a Monster! 
(No, I Am Not.) by Peter Brown Fiction: Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, 
and Other Tourist Attractions by Lenore Look, illus. by LeUyen Pham Nonfiction: At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient […]

Matchy-matchy

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When you realize your reading material coordinates with your desktop wallpaper, mug, and water glass, it may be time to admit you have a control-freakiness problem. And by “you,” I mean me.

Week in Review, August 11th-15th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… August’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: five questions for Judith Viorst, back-to-school picture books, early chapter books, narrative nonfiction, and YA starring teen boys. Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Twins’ Little Sister by Hyewon Yum Fiction: A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn Folklore: Brave Chicken Little by […]