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I don’t know about you, but I am addicted to Pinterest. That means I am extra excited to announce that The Horn Book has a brand-new Pinterest account! Come check out our boards at — so far we’ve got Mag and Guide cover galleries, ALA pics, reviews of the week, and Talks with Roger […]

Week in Review, January 11th-15th

Week in Review

This week on… Horn Book reviews of the 2016 ALA YMA winners and honor books including Caldecott, Newbery, CSK Author and Illustrator Awards, Belpré, Printz, Sibert, Geisel, Batchelder, and more Photos from the 2016 ALA Midwinter conference January Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Barbara McClintock, movin’ and groovin’ picture books, PS nonfiction […]

Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System app review


Cats in space? Sign me up! Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System (Minilab Ltd., December 2015), a digital adaptation of Dr. Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman’s 2013 nonfiction book Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space, introduces users to our solar system — with plenty of humor and a retro, space-race vibe. Choose a kitty-cosmonaut (cat-stronaut, if […]

More ALA Midwinter 2016 love


We’re still recuperating from our amazing, exhausting, whirlwind weekend at ALA Midwinter — how ’bout you? Relive the fun (or live vicariously) with this roundup of our coverage. Horn Book reviews of the ALA YMA winners and honor books including Caldecott, Newbery, CSK Author and Illustrator Awards, Belpré, Printz, Sibert, Geisel, Batchelder, and more Photos […]

Dancing into 2016 with January’s Notes!

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In January’s edition of Notes from the Horn Book, I had the honor of talking to author/illustrator Barbara McClintock about her latest picture book, Emma and Julia Love Ballet. (Check out that super-cute picture of Barbara in the ballet studio!) You’ll also find: more movin’ and groovin’ picture books preschooler nonfiction about the natural world […]

Five questions for Barbara McClintock

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Each of author/illustrator Barbara McClintock’s picture books provides a glimpse into a jewel-box of a world, from bustling early-twentieth-century Paris (Adèle & Simon; Farrar, 4–7 years) to a cozy 1970s mouse-house (Where’s Mommy?, written by Beverly Donofrio; Schwartz & Wade, 4–7 years). Her latest, Emma and Julia Love Ballet (Scholastic, 4–7 years), does the same […]

The world around us

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Preschoolers’ curiosity makes them an ideal audience for books about animals and the natural world. These nonfiction picture books communicate information at a preschool-perfect pace — and with plenty of wonder. In Woodpecker Wham!, author April Pulley Sayre uses a rhyming, sound word–filled text to introduce the distinctively noisy woodpecker and the rhythmic cadences that […]

Review of Emma and Julia Love Ballet

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Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock; 
illus. by the author Preschool, Primary   Scholastic   32 pp. 3/16   978-00-439-89401-2   $16.99   g “Emma wakes up early. Julia wakes up early, too…They both have ballet lessons this morning.” McClintock follows young Emma as she goes to her ballet lesson and professional dancer Julia as she attends company […]

Week in Review, January 4th-8th

Week in Review

This week on… Roger announces the 2016 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction And the 2016 Calling Caldecott winners are… All 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards acceptance speeches and Susan Cooper’s keynote speech (“The World That Changes“) are now available online! January/February 2016 Horn Book Magazine table of contents, including editorial “Climbing the Walls“ […]

January children’s lit events in the Boston area

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Boston is starting 2016 off with a bang. There are a ton of children’s literature related events coming up this month in and around Boston — including ALA Midwinter this weekend! Here are just a few highlights; see our calendar for even more events. ALA’s 2016 Midwinter Meeting begins Friday, January 8th, and runs through […]