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Emerson’s Diversity in Children’s and YA Publishing panel


Last week, Martha and I attended an excellent panel on Diversity in Children’s and Young Adult Publishing, hosted by Emerson College’s Writing, Literature, and Publishing program. Panelists were Lesléa Newman (author of Heather Has Two Mommies, October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard, and many, many others); Vicky Smith, Kirkus‘s children’s and teen editor; and […]

Hello Atlas app review


The free Hello Atlas app (Wide Eyed Editions, October 2016; iOS and Android), a companion to the book of the same title, offers a simple introduction to over one hundred languages through greetings and introductory phrases. The opening menu is a slightly animated world map (boats and whales float around the continents), with seven labels: North […]

Hello, hello


It really is a small world after all. We just received two new children’s atlases with the exact same focus: how people say “Hello” around the world. The Hello Atlas and Hello World: A Celebration of Languages and Curiosities are both large-format, fully illustrated atlases. Instead of details about capital cities and mountain ranges, each book […]

Horn Book at Boston Book Festival 2016

The Horn Book at Boston Book Festival 2016. Booth #61. Photo: Shoshana Flax

Shoshana Flax For once, my Boston Book Festival experience began with a panel of adult authors. Robin Young moderated the kickoff panel Friday evening: “Storytelling for Page and Screen” with Emma Donoghue, Maria Semple, and Tom Perrotta. The authors shared their varied experiences of having their books made into movies (Donoghue’s Room; Semple’s forthcoming Where’d […]

Aaron Becker on Return


In our September/October 2016 issue, we asked author/illustrator Aaron Becker about a possible cameo in his new picture book Return. Read the full review here, along with reviews of the previous volumes Journey and Quest. Horn Book Editors: Is the father in the story you? Aaron Becker: In a sense, yes. But I think I […]

Sago Mini Babies Dress Up


Sago Mini Babies Dress Up (Sago Sago, August 2016; iOS only) invites preschoolers to play dress-up with four cute — and familiar to Sago Sago fans — animal characters. The app opens with bird Robin, bunny Jack, cat Jinja, and dog Harvey sitting on porch steps. Given that it’s close to Halloween, it’s just slightly […]

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2016

Baby Matt watches his father. Photo courtesy Matt de la Peña.

National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time for “paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society,” draws to a close this week. For more information and a calendar of events, visit the National Hispanic Heritage Month website. Here are some interviews, recommended books, and articles from […]

October’s Notes from the Horn BooOOooK


October’s Halloweenish Notes from the Horn Book is bat-winging its way to inboxes right now! We start things off on a serious note with 5Q for Skila Brown on her starred verse novel To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party, plus a selection of historical horror stories for […]

NYCC 16 – Nerds Unite!


This being our third year of New York Comic Con attendance, cousin Justin and I decided to go all out: the whole weekend in NYC, the whole weekend at Comic Con. I was excited to attend all the panels; Justin wanted to see the Walking Dead sneak peek and get a picture with Evangeline Lilly. […]

Books for Indigenous Peoples Day

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It’s Indigenous Peoples Day! Here’s a selection of books featuring a range of indigenous North American peoples and cultures — the majority by Native authors and illustrators — to be shared today and every day. Board books were recommended in our quarterly “Board Book Roundup” column. All others were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine […]