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Making a Difference, Week 3

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This month we’re celebrating people who have Made a Difference through their good work. Each day, we’ll highlight a book about someone who has effected positive change, with a roundup on Fridays. Follow the hashtag #HBMaDJan17 @HornBook and Facebook.com/TheHornBook. This week’s picks: Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017: a MLK Day booklist and other books […]

YA Trivia Night at Trident Booksellers and Café

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Trident Booksellers & Café kicked off its new YA Passport series last night with a YA trivia night. Katie, Cindy, and I represented The Horn Book, though I’m not sure we represented very well. (I’m also not sure whether Horn Book founder Bertha Mahony Miller would’ve liked our team name — Bertha’s Bitches — or […]

Busy Shapes app review

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Busy Shapes (Edoki Academy, 2014; iOS only) is an engaging sorting and problem-solving app based on the work of education expert Jean Piaget. The app begins with a simple matching exercise: drag a shape to the same-shaped hole and drop it in. These brightly colored shapes represent physical objects such as blocks, sponges, flowers, and […]

Announcing the 2017 Calling Caldecott winners

2017 Calling Caldecott winners

Our Mock Caldecott vote has concluded. Thanks to everyone (if our numbers and math are correct, over 600 of you—a record number) who participated. There may be hope for us all if we all still care this passionately about picture books. The winner of our Mock Caldecott, with a phenomenally high 1026 total points, is […]

On Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s “The Adventures of Mommy Buzzkill” (from 2009)

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In her 2009 Horn Book Magazine article “The Adventures of Mommy Buzzkill,” Catherine Gilbert Murdock, author of Dairy Queen, Princess Ben, Heaven Is Paved with Oreos, and other YA books featuring complex and feisty teen girls who frequently subvert gender assumptions, wrote tongue-in-cheekily about the prevalence of dead, missing, or otherwise absentee mothers in children’s […]

The Horn Book Goes South

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Martha Parravano, Al Berman, and I will be at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta this weekend. While Martha is busy on the CSK Book Award jury and rounding up articles and new contributors, Al and I will be stalking the exhibit hall to see what’s new and get publishers to transfer funds from their advertising budgets […]

2017 Ballot #1 results — and ballot #2 now open

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The three of us watched the voting in real time yesterday and last night, and woke up early today to check numbers before the balloting closed at 9 am. This is a really exciting time for us, but it can also be heartbreaking as we see some of our favorites are not getting the voter love […]

CPL first annual Margret and H. A. Rey Curious George Lecture Series

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Former Horn Booker Zoe Del Mar, communications manager for the Cambridge, MA, Public Library, just let us know about a great new lecture series the library is hosting: the Margret and H. A. Rey Curious George Lecture Series. The series was “developed from a brainstorming session between Youth Services Manager, Julie Roach [read Julie’s Horn […]

Legislative breakfast at the library

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She’d already encouraged us to be loud in the library. Now elementary school librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro let us eat in the library while engaging with our elected officials. Last week Liz, who is legislative co-chair for the Massachusetts School Libraries Association, hosted “Your Community, Your Library” legislative breakfast at Cambridgeport School in Cambridge, MA. […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017

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The Horn Book is closed today in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here is our 2016 booklist about the great American civil rights leader. You can also read about civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer in Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, a 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book […]