Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same!

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This is one of our two easy readers (a.k.a. early readers) for our second class. We talked about the difference between picture books and easy readers. How well do you think this book works? Clearly it’s for somewhat more fluent readers than the Elephant and Piggy books. Do the situations match the age of the […]

Picture This

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Molly Bang‘s Picture This is her personal exploration as she tries to analyze the emotional effects of art. Most illustrators go with their gut as they compose their pictures, but Molly wanted to see if there were some rules involved as well. An experienced illustrator, she says she began to understand art and composition better […]

Three articles about making picture books

March/April 1998 Horn Book Magazine

The additional reading for our first class comes from Horn Book Magazine‘s classic 1998 special issue on picture books. After you’ve read them, please come back to this post to comment. And as always, I hope this discussion will include more than just my students! The articles in question are “The Words” by Charlotte Zolotow […]

Mirror by Jeannie Baker

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The great children’s literature specialist Rudine Sims Bishop has talked and written about books for children needing to be both windows and mirrors. This book seems to me to be the epitome of that idea. There’s so much to talk about here, so I’m looking forward to what you all have to say about this […]

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

Here’s our very first post for the books my students will be reading this semester. Our first class is Thursday night, Feb. 27, and they’re all supposed to discuss one of the readings for the week in the comments  I am hoping the rest of you will comment and discuss, too, since that would make […]

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Notes from the Horn Book, our monthly newsletter for parents and teachers, will come out this afternoon. If you don’t subscribe, you can access the content here — but the newsletter itself is much prettier! It comes out the second Wednesday of every month and you can sign up here. We also have a nonfiction-only […]

Books for Lolly’s children’s lit class, spring 2014

I’ve been asked to share the list of books my class will be reading during our 6-week children’s lit module this spring — and that we will be discussing here on the blog during that time. Here you go! Class 1 February 27 (book posts will go up Sat., Feb 22) Where the Wild Things […]

Calling all teachers — and everyone else, too

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I’m thrilled to announce a new blog launching at the Horn Book today. Lolly’s Classroom will look at books and reading from a teacher’s perspective — but we’re hoping to get plenty of non-teacher readers as well. There’s no question that book discussions become richer when the people discussing them come from a variety of backgrounds. […]

Welcome to the classroom

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I’m thrilled to welcome you to opening day of the Horn Book’s newest blog — and eager to start uploading the first real posts about books and issues. Our focus will be using children’s trade books (which includes everything up through YA) in educational settings, and we plan to post two or three times a […]

Suggestion box

Suggestion box

Please use the comments below as a suggestion box to let us know about particular issues you would like us to cover. If you think you or someone you know would be a good blogger for this site, please email a resume and sample blog post to Lolly Robinson.