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April Notes is here

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In the April Notes from the Horn Book newsletter, we ask poet Roxane Orgill 5Q about Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph (including her recommended jazz playlist!). This issue also features poetry collections to help intermediate readers celebrate National Poetry Month picture books to inspire close observation middle-grade historical fiction set in the […]

Bob Raczka on Wet Cement

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In our May/June 2016 issue, reviewer Sarah Ellis asked Bob Raczka about poetry in unconventional places. Read the starred review of Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems. Sarah Ellis: Have you ever, yourself, written in wet cement or indulged in any other sneaky poetry? Bob Raczka: Sneaky poetry? Hmmm. In my day job as […]

Today’s the day! Happy 100th birthday, Beverly Cleary

Beth McIntyre, Madison County (WI) Public librarian, shows off her Ramona Quimby Q tattoo.

One hundred years ago today — April 12, 1916 — children’s literature icon Beverly Cleary was born. Today we hope she’s enjoying a gigantic slice of carrot cake! We’ve been celebrating her life and legacy in the pages of The Horn Book and at hbook.com. Here are some of children’s literature’s best and brightest on […]

Opening Day 2016

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It’s Opening Day at Fenway Park! (We can hear the helicopters from the Horn Book office.) Here are some baseball picture books to get you cheering for the ol’ ball game. McCully, Emily Arnold Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story Gr. K–3 32 pp. Farrar/Ferguson 2015 In the early twentieth century, Lizzie Murphy […]

Bricksy: Unauthorized Underground Brick Street Art

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Looking at the cover of Bricksy: Unauthorized Underground Brick Street Art (Skyhorse, August 2015), I wondered: why would anyone do this? Who would even think of doing this? What is the point of making a book dedicated to LEGO replicas of Banksy art, and why am I so glad that someone did? It’s such a […]

Zen Studio app review

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Edoki Academy‘s low-key app Zen Studio (November 2015), a “geometric finger painting app designed to help children relax and focus,” is probably best described as a hybrid of tangrams and coloring (colorgrams?). In the first section, you’re invited to create your own masterpiece. “Paint” with your finger with a wide array of colors on any […]

Beverly Cleary letter to Lois Darling

Letter (circa late 1970s/early 1980s) from Beverly Cleary to Lois Darling, widow of illustrator Louis Darling. Used with permission of Beverly Cleary and The Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota Libraries Archives and Special Collections.

This spring the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art launches an exhibit of the work of illustrator Louis Darling, Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary. While preparing the exhibit, curator (and Caldecott Honoree, thank you very much!) Tony DiTerlizzi found the following letter from Beverly Cleary to Darling’s widow, Lois, with a […]

You Don’t DO That to Beverly Cleary!

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Husband Guy came home to find me digging a pit in our front yard. He recognized the little storm cloud over my head, so he knew what to ask: “Who irked you now?” “The mailman!” I said, tossing another shovelful of Jersey dirt. “He bent Beverly Cleary!” Husband Guy arched one eyebrow like I can’t […]

April Boston-area children’s lit events

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April (snow) showers bring… lots of April book events! Here’s a small sampling; check out our event calendar for all details and even more events in the Boston area. April is National Poetry Month! See the Academy of American Poets website for resources and local event listings. “The Art of Eric Carle: Hide and Seek” […]

Julie Berry on The Passion of Dolssa

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In our March/April 2016 issue, Horn Book Magazine editor Martha V. Parravano talked with Julie Berry about how she researched and evoked thirteenth-century Provincia. Read the starred review of The Passion of Dolssa. Martha V. Parravano: An astounding amount of research went into this book — and surely you must now be the world’s leading […]