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2016 BGHB Fiction Day

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It’s BGHB Week! Today we’re honoring our 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction Award winners. Read reviews of all of the 2016 fiction winners here; see below for more web extras to celebrate them. Join us on September 30-October 1, 2016, for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards ceremony and the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Out […]

The Cat in the Hat on a Bus with Us

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On the bus home yesterday, a young father and toddler son sat down next to me, and the dad asked the boy if he wanted to read a book. I’ve seen these two before, always reading; in fact, a few weeks ago I handed Dad a Horn Book, suggesting it as a source for finding […]

5th Annual Boston Teen Author Festival recap

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My, how the Boston Teen Author Festival has grown. The fifth annual celebration was held at the Cambridge Public Library and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School on Saturday, September 24th. The day began with an opening panel to introduce the thirty-five — count ’em, thirty-five — YA authors via quick, playful questions, some of which […]

Twenty Yawns

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Having won a 2015 Caldecott honor for Nana in the City, Lauren Castillo will surely be on the Caldecott committee’s radar. This is a very different book in theme and even in palette, but once again she does here what she does best: keep the focus tightly on the child’s experience, and get it just right. […]

2016 BGHB Nonfiction Day

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It’s BGHB Week! Today we’re honoring our 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Award winners. Read reviews of all of the 2016 nonfiction winners here; see below for more web extras to celebrate them. Join us on September 30-October 1, 2016, for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards ceremony and the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Out […]

When the censor is you

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While you all know what I think of the term “self-censorship” (which does not mean censorship by oneself so much as of oneself, and you are not your library), SLJ’s survey of censorship by school librarians is eye-opening. Siân and I will be talking about it on the podcast we’re recording today (and publishing next Monday) […]

What do ordinary people do during war?

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This is one of the questions from a student that gave me pause a long time ago.  It was a sort of typical survey humanities course, and I vividly remember her interesting and important question. My own history education was often centered on primary sources or key events summarized neatly in a textbook, and I […]

A truly great guy

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Clarion Books and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have asked me to invite you all to a memorial service  for their longtime colleague and my friend James Cross Giblin, to be held at NYC’s LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St, on Friday, October 28th at 2:30PM. RSVP to rachael DOT stein AT hmhco DOT com.

Banned Books Week 2016

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It’s Banned Books Week, “an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community; librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types, in shared support of the […]

2016 BGHB Picture Book Day

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It’s BGHB Week! Today we’re honoring our 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Award winners. Read reviews of all of the 2016 picture book winners here; see below for more web extras to celebrate them. Join us on September 30-October 1, 2016, for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards ceremony and the Horn Book at Simmons […]