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Psst! NEW Horn Book parent blog — help!

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You’re the first to know! The Horn Book is launching a new blog in the fall. Geared toward parents, the blog will provide parent-centric Horn Book articles along with new content. What we need from you — and in the spirit of our May/June Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Collaborations — is suggestions for a […]

Sago Mini Robot Party app review

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“This is a partying robot with a sock hand, ’cause I gave it a sock hand,” I told Katie. “Do what you gotta do,” she replied. I was in the mood to give my robot a sock hand, so a sock hand he had. And yes, a sock hand can make cupcakes. On the off-chance […]

#NESCBWI16 recap

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On the morning of Sunday, May 1st, the Ballroom of the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place sounded a bit like a punk rock concert. Unless you listened closely, and realized what the hundreds of writers and illustrators were yelling at author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s encouragement: “EEE-I-EEE-I-OH!” At the 2016 New England conference of the Society of […]

Peter Brown on The Wild Robot

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In our May/June 2016 issue, our editors asked Peter Brown about thematic similarities between his 2014 BGHB Picture Book Award–winning picture book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and his new sci-fi Robinsonade The Wild Robot. Read the full review of The Wild Robot. Horn Book editors: Though it’s a very different book, there are similarities in […]

♫ Summer readin’ had me a blast…♫

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This is the time of year when I get “Summer Nights” stuck in my head for weeks. We’ve been working on our annual summer reading recommendations, and how can you not sing “summer reading” to that catchy tune? (shoo bop bop, shoo bop bop, yeah!) Tell you more, you say? We’ve picked our top ten […]

Lil’ Red: An Interactive Story app review

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What’s black and white and red all over? Lil’ Red: An Interactive Story (2013), Brian Main’s savvy digital retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood.” This light version of the fairy tale more or less follows the traditional trajectory but minimizes scariness. Naive Lil’ Red sets out through the woods for her grandmother’s, meets a hungry […]

May Notes is out!

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May’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter has 5Q for Mordicai Gerstein about the infuriating-but-endearing deity of his new picture book I Am Pan! In this issue you’ll also find more new takes on old tales light-hearted fantasy novels for intermediate readers middle-school nonfiction about scientific innovations and innovators compelling audiobooks for teens Read the […]

Trending: cults in YA

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Lately the YA sci-fi/fantasy market has been dominated by Strong Female Protagonists who take down corrupt regimes or lead groups of survivors in the post-apocalypse. Meanwhile, Strong Female Protagonists in realism have been dealing with more day-to-day issues: boyfriends, girlfriends, dead parents, mental illness, etc. These young ladies, while being emotionally courageous, have not been […]

Lisa Brown on The Airport Book

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In our May/June 2016 issue, editor Martha Parravano chatted with Lisa Brown about the motley cast of characters in her high-flying new picture book. Read the starred review of The Airport Book. Martha V. Parravano: Who was your favorite character to follow through the book? Lisa Brown: My favorite character was one that my son […]

Mother: Treat Her Right 2016

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What’s better than hearing Mr. T extol the virtues of mothers? (that would be: nothing) You know who else loved their mothers? Abraham Lincoln (“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother”) and John Quincy Adams (“All that I am, my mother made me”), among others, whose pithy remarks […]