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Picture books | class #1, fall 2017

For our first class on September 6, we will be reading two picture books and three articles. Where the Wild Things Are is a classic in the US now, but when it was first published in 1963, it was controversial. If you knew this book as a child, what did you notice this time that […]

Time to go back to school

Labor Day weekend is about to start and so is school. Here in Boston, today is moving-in-day for most of the colleges — and the Horn Book office sits right in the middle of five: Simmons, MassArt, Wentworth, Emmanuel, and Wheelock. The Horn Book editors once again put together a great list of Back to […]

Share your summer reading lists

With schools finished for the season, most have posted summer reading lists. Back in my school days, I remember two kinds of lists: the ones with required reading (classics to be read before grade 9) and the much-preferred lists of books we were encouraged to read just for fun. At the Horn Book, we create […]

Beatrix Potter in New London on the Thames River

From June 9th to 11th, I attended “Beatrix Potter in New London on the Thames River,” a Beatrix Potter Society symposium at Connecticut College’s Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives. Lear, a ConnColl alum and author of two award-winning biographies (Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature, 1997; and Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature, […]

What do you think of the REAL Caldecott winners?

So, I bet a lot of you watched the awards live online. If you didn’t, here’s the link where you can see what happened this morning http://ala.unikron.com/2017/ I’m putting this post up really fast so you all have a place to respond to the winners. Martha and Robin and I will chime in later. Radiant […]

Calling Caldecott 2017 ballot #1 now open

Here is a link to the 2017 Calling Caldecott ballot. It will be open until 9 a.m. (EST) tomorrow — Friday, January 13. Around 1 p.m., we will post the results and a link to the second ballot. Go ahead and lobby for your favorites in the comments here. Or mourn for the books that […]

Ideas Are All Around

I suspect I will be in the minority when I tell you my thoughts about this book. But as I tell my students, you have to have the spine to say what you think, and the tact to do it in a way that is direct but not mean. But, wow, is that hard. Especially […]

Henry & Leo

Those of us who look at lots and lots of new children’s books see a lot of familiar plots and art styles that resemble one classic or another in some way. Whenever I see a book that is fresh and unlike anything I’ve seen before, I celebrate. That’s all very well, but I need to remember […]

Upcoming posts

Class is over, the January magazine has printed, and it’s pretty slow here at the Horn Book office. But what should be a lovely empty schedule ideal for blog posting is being being filled with lots of important tasks that have been on the back burner and need to be done in 2016. This is […]

Time to share your mock award results

When the teachers in my children’s lit class completed their mock awards last week (three Caldecott committees plus a Sibert and a Geisel), I encouraged them to hold mock Caldecotts with their own students when they are back in the classroom. I also shared the best incentive I’ve found: Colby Sharp’s 24-second video of his […]