Blowing the shofar, again, for fine books for boys and girls


List updated 9/15. Or should I say 5776? To celebrate Rosh Hashanah, here are some recent picture books. Lesléa Newman’s beautiful Here Is the World, illustrated by Susan Gall, is a lyrical, kid-friendly survey of Jewish holidays throughout the seasons.The sweet and rollicking Rabbi Benjamin’s Buttons by Alice B. McGinty, illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt, […]

JetBlue’s Soar with Reading program

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You’re in a bustling airport in a new city, weighted down with souvenirs and the dozen books you had to bring. (Or is that just me?) Amid the sea of strangers’ faces, two familiar travelers greet you from a display at your gate. It’s Jack and Annie. I saw plenty of the stars of Mary […]

In the waves, in the water…

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I’m a big fan of young sister duet Lennon & Maisy (thanks to Jen Brabander*, for introducing me to their YouTube videos!), so I was intrigued to see their new picture book In the Waves (HarperCollins, April 2015) come in. Illustrated with warm ink-and-watercolor art by Steve Björkman, the book is based on Lennon & […]

Sago Mini Monsters app review

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When I opened the Sago Mini Monsters app (Sago Sago, 2014), a blank-faced turquoise monster’s head was poking out of green goo. I dragged her from the muck and named her Lucy. (Just in my head. There’s no reading or writing involved in this app.) Five different-colored circles appeared at the bottom of the screen. […]

September’s Notes


September’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter is arriving in subscribers’ inboxes right…about…now. This month’s 5Q features Eric Carle discussing his newest book The Nonsense Show, how he maintains a childlike sense of humor, and the upcoming Carle Honors. You’ll also find: more silly picture books picture-book bios of trailblazers animal fantasy for intermediate readers […]

CBB Third Annual Fall Reception and Book Swap recap

CBB-goers: Whitney Leader-Picone, Yolanda Scott, Janice Hechter, Siân Gaetano, and Katrina Hedeen.

The room contained editors. Reviewers. Book designers. Children’s lit students. Booksellers. Writers. Professors. Librarians. And books. Children’s Books Boston’s Third Annual Fall Reception and Book Swap, held at Simmons College, on Thursday, September 3, was a simple concept. Show up. Bring a book to swap, and fill out a card explaining why you liked it. […]

Sergio Ruzzier on Two Mice

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In our September/October issue, HB Mag editor Martha Parravano asked Sergio Ruzzier about choosing the perfect trim size for Two Mice. Read the full starred review of Two Mice here. Martha Parravano: Two Mice has an unusually small trim size. (Of course, it doesn’t have many words, either.) What was your thinking behind that decision? […]

Kidlit cares

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On Thursday, September 3, Patrick Ness started a fundraiser to help alleviate the Syrian refugee crisis. With all donations going to Save the Children, he was hoping to reach £10,000 — at which point he would match the donations with another £10,000. £10,000 was reached. Then John Green said he would match the next £10,000. […]

Horn Book Crossover Week roundup


We’ve had lots of fun “crossing over” this week, on Out of the Box, with our adult-to-children’s-to-adult-books crossover authors. Here’s a recap: Shannon Hale started it all, with Roger reading Austenland Crossover authors A-K, from Alexie to Kinsella Crossover authors M-Y, from Maguire to Yancy (plus special bonus Gaiman!) Authors whose books go both ways: […]

On crossing over: straight from the horses’ mouths


Why do some authors “cross over” from writing adult to children’s books or children’s to adult? To find out, we went straight to the source. Shopaholic series author Sophie Kinsella (“The Queen of Romantic Comedy”), author of Finding Audrey — her first YA! — graciously submitted to our Five Questions treatment (sad to say she’s […]