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On Kathleen T. Horning’s “On Spies and Purple Socks and Such” (from 2005)

“Sometimes you have to lie. But to yourself you must always tell the truth.” —Ole Golly from Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh June is Pride Month (whether or not the White House recognizes it) and LGBTQIA folx and their allies are holding their rainbow flags — of various stripes — high. In the January/February […]

2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winners and Honorees Announced

If you missed Roger Sutton and Kwame Alexander’s announcement of the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honor books last week (or if you’d like to relive the moment), watch their entertaining performance—er, presentation, complete with an Oscar-worthy Faye and Warren homage. And here are more details about the winners, including links to their […]

LIVE! From New York! It’s the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards announcement!

Today’s the day! Watch LIVE at 4:45 PM EST as Roger Sutton and 2015 Newbery Award–winning author Kwame Alexander (The Crossover) announce the winners of the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards. Have we mentioned that this year is the 50th anniversary of the Awards? Maybe once or twice. We are very excited. As Roger said, […]

On Robin Smith’s “Teaching New Readers to Love Books” (from 2003)

“Despite the pressures of parents and the winds of educational change, I do not teach children to read because it is good for them. To me, books are not meant to be the path to Harvard or even the best high school. I do not think of them as ‘tools for learning,’ a phrase I […]

Presenting… “The Straight Poop on Potty Humor” (from 2017)

If you spend any amount of time with kids under, say ten (dear god, I hope it stops after ten…), you are undoubtedly waist deep in potty humor. Here’s one of my kids’ favorites: Knock knock! Who’s there? Europe! Europe who? Hey! You’re a poo! Actually, it was funny the first time we heard it. […]

On Lois Lowry’s “Look” (from 1997)

“I never walk past that place without thinking how private, powerful, and memorable a moment it is, in the life of a child, when the shape of letters takes on meaning and a door of the world opens.” It’s been twenty years, but I still remember the thrill I felt as I read Lois Lowry’s […]

Review of Bob, Not Bob!

Bob, Not Bob! by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick; illus. by Matthew Cordell Preschool, Primary    Disney-Hyperion    40 pp. 2/17    978-1-4847-2302-9    $17.99 Little Louie has a big head cold. “All he wanted (besides maybe some hot chocolate) was his mother.” But with his stuffy nose, his calls for “MOM!” sound like […]

“Both boys were absolutely silent, satiated with a great story.”

Yesterday Elissa posted Elizabeth Partridge’s reminiscence about reading Avi’s 1991 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction winner, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, to her boys. As this post’s title suggests, her anecdote shuts down anyone who might question whether or not boys can enjoy books starring girls (including Elizabeth’s own sons: “‘What?’ My ten-year-old shot straight […]

The Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards celebrate 50 years

Have you seen the new Boston Globe–Horn Book Award website yet? Take a look; it is a thing of beauty. 2017 marks the fiftieth year the Awards have honored children’s and young adult books in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction. The microsite offers a wealth of information about the BGHB awards, […]

She Blinded Me with Science!

My family and I attended the March for Science Boston on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. My boys started out grumbling about having to participate in another march (Geez! We’ve only been to three since January 21st—it’s not like we have to demonstrate every day…yet), so I was grateful that this march had a very […]