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Now that Lauren’s adolescent lit class is over, I have a scant two weeks to put the finishing touches on my children’s lit module. Harvard has a new web tool, so I have to re-create my old links page from scratch, starting with social media recommendations. The problem is, I’m a bit of a dinosaur […]

The past made present | Class #3, 2016


Next Tuesday (February 9), Lauren’s class will be discussing several books. The theme for the day is “The past made present” so they will look at both historical fiction and nonfiction — including one book that’s a hybrid of the two. Everyone will be reading One Crazy Summer; they will choose to read either No […]

Two historical fiction books | Class #3, 2016

One Crazy Summer

     One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia Supplemental readings: Rita Williams-Garcia’s profile in July/August 2007 Horn Book Magazine No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Historical fiction is a balancing act of storytelling and character development with […]

Windows and mirrors | Class #2, 2016


Please join the adolescent lit class at HGSE as we discuss three recent YA books for our second class on February 2. The students are required to comment on one of the readings, but we hope any of you who have read one of these will want to join our discussion on these individual posts: […]

Adolescent lit class begins tomorrow

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This year both the adolescent lit and children’s lit classes at Harvard Graduate School of Education (where I moonlight when I’m not designing, reviewing, and blogging here at the Horn Book) will be taught in the spring semester. That means we’re running them back-to-back and holding our book discussions out in the open with all […]

Hooray for Winnie!

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I am thrilled that Finding Winnie won the Caldecott Medal. Even though I had looked at it closely when I posted about it here, the announcement prompted me to take another look. We’ll never know exactly why the Caldecott Committee chose it, but here are some aspects of the book that could have raised it […]

What do you think about the Caldecott winners?


We will respond to the awards in more detail later, but for now here’s a short post so you can tell us what you think about the Real Committee’s choices. In case you don’t know, here they are: 2016 Caldecott Medal winner: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear illustrated by […]

Live from ALA


Greetings from Midwinter where the REAL Caldecott Medal winner will be announced tomorrow morning — along with all the other youth media awards. If you can’t be there in person, here is a link to the live webcast (Monday 1/11 at 8 a.m. EST). It’s been a treat having the conference in our own back […]

Calling Caldecott 2016 ballot #2 now open


This is when it gets really exciting for us. We had access to the secret link where we could see more and more votes come in yesterday. It was kind of like watching a road race in extreme slow motion. At 10 a.m. one book had a huge lead. When I checked back at 1:30 […]

Calling Caldecott 2016 ballot #1 now open

The voting booths were filled with voters at Memorial Hall in Independence, Kan., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006. (AP Photo/The Independence Daily Reporter, Nick Wright)

As promised, here is a link to the ballot. It will be open until 9 a.m. (EST) Tuesday. That’s tomorrow. Around noon Tuesday, Jan. 5 we will post the results of the first ballot AND a link to the second and final ballot. For those who want to think some more before voting, here (below) […]