Banned Books Week 2014

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It’s Banned Books Week! From The American Library Association’s website: “Each year, the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information.” Based on 307 […]

Week in Review, September 15th-19th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Marla Frazee Talks with Roger about The Farmer and the Clown (outtake — “Marla Frazee, wipe that smile off your face!”) If I Stay movie review Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki; illus. by Qin Leng Fiction: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by […]

Boston Teen Author Festival turns 3!

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Emerson College students Renee Combs and Marisa Finkelstein (both former Horn Book interns, might I add) founded the Boston Teen Author Festival in 2012 as a smallish signing-and-panel event dedicated to “embracing YA.” Baby, look at you now: for its third year, BTAF will feature an unbelievable twenty-four guest YA authors from the Boston area, […]

Week in Review, September 8th-12th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… September’s Notes from the Horn Book: five questions for Christine Heppermann, YA girls on the edge, picture book sequels, primary nature nonfiction, and middle-grade friendship stories September children’s literature events Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Draw! by Raúl Colón Fiction: Beetle Boy by Margaret Willey Poetry: Poisoned Apples: Poems for […]

Kids Discover: Cells app review

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By now, nonfiction magazine Kids Discover has adapted twenty-two (and counting) of its issues to digital, covering a wide range of natural and social science topics from the microscopic to the galactic. Every issue — and by extension, every app — offers eight informational chapters, each with an introductory paragraph followed by a engaging, collagelike […]

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 […]