The muppet under the stairs

manzano_becoming maria

I love Randy Ribay’s interview with Sonia Manzano (best known as Sesame Street’s Maria) on her new memoir Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx, but something about the cover was nagging at me. Then I realized it reminded me of the cover art for Jason Vanhee’s creepy-cool Engines of the Broken World, […]

Rebecca Stead on Goodbye Stranger

Rebecca Stead

In our July/August 2015 issue, reviewer Jennifer Brabander asked Goodbye Stranger author Rebecca Stead about the writing her teen girl protagonist’s friendships. Read the starred review of Goodbye Stranger here. Jennifer M. Brabander: Longtime friends Bridge, Em, and Tab have such different interests, but they manage to sustain their friendship; the three girls are “independent […]

Brooklyn, we have a winner!


Congratulations to Frankie Moore, winner of our Brooklyn Week contest! A signed print by Stephen Savage of “Goodnight Bridge” — a view of the Brooklyn Bridge outside the Great Green Room — will be yours. Lucky! And Roger really did pick from a hat (well, a bowl…). Frankie’s comment (it’s a good one, right?): I […]

Tuck, then, now, and always

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Well, it’s just past the first week of August, but it’s always a good time to visit with old (in this case, very, very old) friends. This year marks the 40th publication anniversary of Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting. FSG/Square Fish put out a lovely new hardcover edition — with a foreword by Gregory Maguire — […]

The Bedsby Tales app review

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Tales from the Crypt fans who’ve been dying to introduce the next generation to episodic horror will be all over The Bedsby Tales (Jacob Duane Johnson, March 2015), a series of short stories for middle graders with some interactive elements. “Episode 1: Thoughts of Unknown” begins with a dubious welcome from a shadowy-creature storyteller in […]

“What do you think of my labyrinth?”

labyrinth at simmons

As many of you know, the Horn Book offices are located on the Simmons College campus. Today, looking out my window, I can see a construction crew working on Simmons’s newest addition: a labyrinth. Now, having grown up with the movie Labyrinth, it wasn’t until I took an undergraduate course at Clark University that I […]

Paper Towns movie review

Paper Towns poster

If Paper Towns, the book by John Green (Dutton, October 2008) were a comedy, it would be Paper Towns, the movie (directed by Jake Schreier, Fox/Temple Hill, July 2015). That’s not to say the novel lacks funny moments. It has plenty, and the new film makes good use of them. There are pranks and witty […]

Step right up and win a prize!

To go with author/illustrator Stephen Savage’s article about the talented People in His Neighborhood, Katie compiled an image gallery of Horn Book Magazine covers created by Brooklyn illustrators. Keeping up the love, we gave you a Brooklyn booklist. And some artisanal pickle commentary. And even a spreadsheet. Now we want to hear more from you. […]

Motion Math: Cupcake! app review

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I am not a math person. But I am a cupcake person, so math about making and selling cupcakes is far more appealing. Motion Math: Cupcake! (Motion Math, April 2015) allowed me to enact my cupcake-bakery (cupcakery?) daydreams. As the app opens, you set up shop with a one-oven bakery facility, a cute sea-green Vespa […]

Caldecott by the numbers: Brooklyn edition (math is fun!)


Inspired by Stephen Savage’s article on Brooklyn children’s book folks, Barbara Genco, special projects manager for our sister publication Library Journal — and a proud Brooklynite — sent us her “very unscientific spreadsheet” of Brooklyn-connected Caldecott Medal winners and Honor winners from 1960-2015. W-O-W. By our back-of-the-envelope calculation (based on an already admittedly unscientific number, […]