The POW! of the turning of the page

joe hill

I was super-stoked to attend a live taping of The Nerdist Writers’ Panel podcast at local indie bookstore Brookline Booksmith on Saturday. The special guest was Joe Hill, one of my favorite adult authors. He’s published three horror-ish novels (including Horns, which in 2013 was made into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe), a short story […]

Barry Deutsch on Hereville

deutsch_hereville how mirka caught a fish

In our November/December issue, reviewer Shoshana Flax asked Barry Deutsch about the third entry in his graphic novel series about “11-year-old time-traveling Jewish Orthodox babysitter” Mirka. Read the full starred review of Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish here. Shoshana Flax: We hear more about the modern world in this third installment. What do you […]

DinoWriMo: Fave baby book


What is a dinosaur’s favorite baby toy book? Apatosaurus the Bunny. For more terrible puns, click the tag DinoWriMo.

DinoWriMo: Theme parks


What’s a dinosaur-publisher’s favorite theme park?   Scholastic Park. For more terrible puns, click the tag DinoWriMo.

Tayasui Tangram app review

tangram title screen

Tayasui Tangram (Tayasui, 2013), which bills itself as “a modern variation of the classic chinese [sic] puzzle,” has two main areas: “Models” and “Build.” The “Models” section was exactly what I think of when I hear the word tangram: puzzles using geometric shapes. There are three screens’ worth of animal outlines; the puzzles get progressively […]

DinoWriMo: Picture book heroines


Who’s a dinosaur’s favorite literary grandma? Stega Nona For more terrible puns, click the tag DinoWriMo.

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson on The Book Itch

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

In our November/December issue, our editors asked Vaunda Micheaux Nelson about revisiting the source material of her BGHB Award–winning No Crystal Stair in new picture book The Book Itch. Read the full review of The Book Itch here. Horn Book Editors: What compelled you to revisit the material from No Crystal Stair to create your […]

3 terrible truths about NaNoWriMo (that prove you should absolutely do it)


We’re a little over a week into National Novel Writing Month, and it seems an excellent time to let a few terrible secrets out of the box. For those curious outsiders, NaNoWriMo is a thirty-day writing challenge to produce a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 pm on November 30th. But when you’re writing, as those who […]

DinoWriMo: Bedtime

Goodnight Moon

What do you get when you read Goodnight Moon to a sleepy dinosaur? A dinosnore. For more terrible puns, click the tag DinoWriMo.

DinoWriMo: E-newsletter


What’s the dinosaurs’ favorite email newsletter? Giganotesosaurus from the Horn Book.   For more terrible puns, click the tag DinoWriMo.