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HBAS16 full program… and sale!


We’ve just posted the full program for this year’s Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Out of the Box” (hey, catchy name!). Sign up before September 9 for a 20% discount. Who are you most excited to see? Here is the amazing (seriously, chills!), first-ever video announcement of the 2016 winners by Roger Sutton and Linda […]

A little light reading

queen mary's dollhouse library

The Dolls’ House at Windsor Castle is the “largest and most famous dollhouse in the world.” Commissioned by Princess Marie Louise as a gift to Queen Mary, it became a “very British symbol of postwar rejuvenation” in the years following World War I. The dollhouse includes the 1:12 scale library from which two “Miniature Treasures […]

The Girl Who Spotted Another Title Trend

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Does your summer read have a cover Girl? I’ve noticed quite a few hit grownup books have female protagonists — and familiar-sounding titles. The Girls Who Started It All: The Girls Who Followed Their Lead:   And let’s not forget this Girl. Many of these Girls star in psychological thrillers — not to mention similar […]

2015-2016 yearbook superlatives

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Summer is winding down (say it ain’t so!) and the new school year is approaching. Get into the back-to-school mood with our senior superlatives for characters in the class of 2015–2016. What superlative would you award your favorite character? Best frints: Yelfred and Omek (Best Frints in the Whole Universe); Thunder and Lightning (Thunder Boy […]

Sago Mini Boats app review

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I took Harvey the dog out in a pickle boat and made him seasick. And how was your day? At the beginning of Sago Mini Boats (2015; iOS and Android), you choose a destination for Harvey — and a friend to welcome him — and get packing. You can choose to put clothes and snacks […]

School’s first day and yours


The first day of school is coming soon! Here are some resources from The Horn Book to make it a great one. August 2016: “What Makes a Good School Story?” From the Editor Five Questions for Adam Rex and Christian Robinson about School’s First Day of School Recommended School Stories: Picture Books Recommended School Stories: […]

The Maine event


The September/October 2016 Horn Book Magazine book review section features four books set in and around Maine: A quick Horn Book Guide Online keyword search on “Maine” showed that some other recent favorites are set in Vacationland. And there are many more! There must be something in the water. Sal would be proud.

Great idea, Kristy!

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    The Baby-Sitters Club turns thirty this month, as many of my contemporaries and I know from tweets and articles that are making us feel really old. (Relax — the BSC was popular well into the nineties, so your memories of it might be only twenty-something years old.) In any case, Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, […]

Jacqueline Woodson on Another Brooklyn, diversity, and more

Photo: Marty Umans

Jacqueline Woodson‘s new book Another Brooklyn is a novel for adults, her first in more than two decades, but fans of her children’s books found plenty to enjoy when she discussed her work at Porter Square Books on Wednesday, August 17th. Woodson talked to WGBH’s Callie Crossley, who also featured the book on her Under […]

Roger’s paper doll bow ties


For Roger’s twentieth anniversary as The Horn Book’s editor in chief, we asked some of his favorite illustrators to decorate his favorite fashion item. Now you can, too! Click on the picture of the PDF below to print out a life-sized Roger head (illustration by Ed Briant), ideally on card stock, plus bow ties by […]