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A Wrinkle in Troubled Times

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

“But what’s going to happen?” Meg’s voice trembled. “Oh, please, Mrs. Which, tell us what’s going to happen!” “Wee wwill cconntinnue to ffight!” Something in Mrs. Which’s voice made all three of the children stand straighter, throwing back their shoulders with determination, looking at the glimmer that was Mrs. Which with pride and confidence. “And […]

Fiete KinderZoo app review

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“We invited 30 kids…to design an app…in 1 hour!” begins Fiete KinderZoo (Ahoiii, October 2016; iOS and Android). A photo slideshow on a series of brightly colored backgrounds portrays kids cutting and pasting collage elements, recording sound, and just generally having a blast hanging out at the Ahoiii studio. Upbeat string-and-xylophone music accompanies the photos. […]

November’s Notes from the Horn Book

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November’s Notes from the Horn Book is on its way to subscribers now! We kick things off with 5Q for Nicola Yoon on her new novel The Sun Is Also a Star. In this issue you’ll also find: • YA stories of finding love in troubled times • “wonderfall” seasonal picture books • illustrated artist […]

Javaka Steptoe on Radiant Child

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In our November/December 2016 issue, reviewer Lolly Robinson spoke with author/illustrator Javaka Steptoe about his personal connection to the subject of new biography Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Read the full starred review. Lolly Robinson: You and your father, John Steptoe, were both artists in NYC when Basquiat was working. Did […]

A pop-up tour of the White House

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For some reason, I’ve been a little preoccupied by all things presidential lately, so I was intrigued when Robert Sabuda‘s book The White House: A Pop-Up of Our Nation’s Home (Orchard Books, January 2016) arrived in the office. Sabuda is best known for his pop-up versions of children’s literature classics like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, […]

Disco fish

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I cannot see this new picture book (which was starred in the November/December 2016 Horn Book Mag) and not have this song in my head. Oddly fitting, given the book’s subject — evolution. “At first I was a fish / I was petrified…” Which of course makes me think of this. And so the day […]

Win the White House app review

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If you’ve gotten anywhere near the news in the past, oh, fifteen months, you know one thing: running for president is complicated. It requires careful planning and strategic skill. Ever wondered if you’ve got what it takes? Find out with Win the White House (iCivics, 2011 with update July 2016; iOS,  Android, and web). First, […]

The Phantom of the Opera is there…

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…inside our office! Editorial intern Molly accessorized her already-adorbs Halloween #OOTD with a mask that just arrived to promote A. G. Howard’s upcoming Phantom-inspired YA novel RoseBlood (Abrams/Amulet, January 2017). Time for a Halloween singalong at our desks, I think!

Apply for a spring Horn Book internship!

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Interested in learning more about the children’s book industry, book reviewing, or how magazines and review journals operate? A Horn Book internship is a great place to start. Our editorial interns are an invaluable help in managing the gazillion books that enter and leave our office (and if the phrase “gazillion books” sounds appealing to […]

On “Who Can Tell My Story”

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Last Thursday at a panel on diversity in children’s and YA publishing hosted by Emerson College’s Writing, Literature, and Publishing program, Kirkus editor Vicky Smith referenced the current #OwnVoices movement in support of books featuring diverse characters created by authors and illustrators from the same diverse group. For those in the audience unfamiliar with #OwnVoices, Vicky […]