Children’s Books Boston event tonight postponed

Our event “Why Did THAT Book Win?” a panel discussion scheduled for tonight at Simmons College at 6 is being postponed due to the weather. Stay home and read a good book.  The event will take place NEXT Thursday, February 20th, same time, same place. We will send out a new invitation tomorrow, and I […]

From the Editor – February 2014

As we celebrate Black History Month, it’s wise to remember Dick Gregory’s quip: “Wouldn’t you know that when they got around to giving us a month, it would be the month of February, with all them days missing?” While a Month, or a Week, or a Day can serve to focus attention on something too […]

Lolly’s new blog

MissFrances

The bell has rung at Lolly’s Classroom, so go on over for some talk about real books in real classrooms with real kids. In addition to her work here as our designer and production manager, Lolly Robinson teaches teachers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This year she has enrolled her students and former […]

Priests in Space

Sparrow

For my reviewing class at Simmons, I’m having the students read and review an adult book chosen by their classmates after each made a dark confession: Student: I hate chicklit! Class: you’re reading Sophie Kinsella! A bit sadistic, I guess, but the idea was to get us all out of our comfort zones and also […]

Horn Book Magazine March/April starred reviews

The following books will receive starred reviews in the March/April 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine (and don’t forget it’s a special one): My Bus; written and illustrated by Byron Barton (Greenwillow) Caminar; by Skila Brown (Candlewick) The Children of the King; by Sonya Hartnett (Candlewick) The Cracks in the Kingdom [Colors of Madeleine]; by Jaclyn Moriarty (Levine/Scholastic) Firefly July: A Year of Very […]

Don’t forget the chocolate sprinkles!

whipped cream wriggle

Last night I dreamed that Arthur A. Levine Books (of Harry Potter fame) was publishing a young readers’ edition of The Sensuous Woman, a sex manual published in ’69 (heh) by a “liberated woman” known only as “J” who taught women how to please their man and–and this was revolutionary–themselves. My dream makes sense in […]

We’ll never know

 . . . but that won’t stop speculation. While the winners (and honor books) of ALA’s Newbery and Caldecott Awards posed no surprises in themselves, everyone wants to know what happened to Mr. Tiger. As Calling Caldecott blogger Robin Smith sensibly says, it’s likely that the committee simply found four other books it liked more. […]

Off to Philly

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Galloping off to ALA this weekend and hope to see some of you there. Hard to say exactly when I’ll be around the booth (#518) but lunchtime Saturday and Sunday seem the likeliest times. Bring snacks! And if I’m not there, introduce yourself to the charming Katrina Elmer, who will have you signed up for […]

The 2014 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

Bo at Ballard Creek

The 2014 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Kirkpatrick Hill for Bo at Ballard  Creek, illustrated by LeUyen Pham; published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, a division of the Macmillan Children’s Book Group. Like Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods, Bo at Ballard Creek takes its young heroine […]

We’re moving!

OurNewHome

As of the beginning of April, the editorial office of the Horn Book and all its resident oompa-loompas will be moving to 300 The Fenway, Boston MA, 02115. Sharp-eyed readers will recognize the address as also being that of Simmons College, and we are delighted to be renting an office suite just down the hall […]