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Sitting in Bertha’s Chair

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IF ONLY!! Okay, this book we announced on April 1st is not a real memoir. And not all of the “facts” we revealed are true (see: factoid, “a piece of unverified or inaccurate information that is presented in the press as factual…” from American Heritage Dictionary). But some of them are! See below for details. […]

Happy 20th anniversary, Roger!

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UPDATE: APRIL FOOL!!! CLICK HERE FOR MORE. Sitting in Bertha Mahony Miller’s chair for the past two decades hasn’t always been comfortable, but I wasn’t hired to make people comfortable. For me, it’s a physical reminder of my mission in the field of children’s books. —from Sitting in Bertha’s Chair by Roger Sutton, editor in […]

Farm2Table app review

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Low-frills app Farm2Table (Little Pickle Press, January 2016) — based on the 2013 picture book The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen by Diana Prichard, illustrated by Heather Devlin Knopf — gives young children a basic idea of where some of their food comes from. One morning young Patrick O’Shanahan goes downstairs for breakfast and finds a […]

Spring (NE) reading!

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We receive a lot of books at the Horn Book and, as the editorial assistant for the Guide, a good portion of my job is entering said books into our database. But the criteria for what we review — the book is a non-activity, children’s book printed in hardcover, by a publisher that can be […]

Amber Tamblyn at Cambridge Public Library

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Amber Tamblyn will be at the Cambridge Public Library, through the Harvard Book Store, tonight (Tuesday, March 29th) to discuss her poetry collection Dark Sparkler. Which reminds me: I never did make it back to reading the last Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants book (which I had checked out from the Cambridge Public Library but […]

Walking with Ramona: Exploring Beverly Cleary’s Portland

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If you’re planning a trip to Portland, Oregon, and you are a Beverly Cleary super-fan, be sure to pack this little guidebook. Walking with Ramona: Exploring Beverly Cleary’s Portland (Microcosm Publishing, coming October 2016) is a walking (or cycling) tour of Ramona-land and an interesting history of the city (before Kyle MacLachlan was the fake […]

Allegiant movie review

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Last spring, the inimitable Siân reviewed Insurgent, the second movie in the Divergent series. Among her observations: “Things exploded. A lot.” I doubt it will surprise anyone that in Allegiant (directed by Robert Schwentke; Summit, March 2016; PG-13), the third adaptation in the trilogy — no, wait, the first part of the two-part adaptation of […]

Math Tales: The Jungle app review

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Marshmallow Games‘s Math Tales: The Jungle app (March 2016) opens with upbeat, Caribbean-style music and happy jungle animals poking their heads out of greenery to greet the player. Once the pulsing, yellow “play” button is pressed, the player is brought to the first page of a story: “On a sunny day, the king of the […]

Zetta Elliott at Harvard

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Last night I had the pleasure of finally meeting Zetta Elliott (whose “Decolonizing the Imagination,” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine, is a thought-provoking Writer’s Page article and one of the pieces featured in The Horn Book’s Black History Month 2016 series). She was speaking at the Harvard College Women’s Center right in Hahvahd […]

A little nonfiction

Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

On Wednesday, The Horn Book’s bimonthly newsletter Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book will arrive in your inbox (sign up!). We’ve got a lot of great nonfiction coming at you this week, beginning with this article by Marc Aronson from the March/April issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “The Writer’s Page: What Is Narrative Nonfiction?” […]