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The Big Apple of bookstores

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The Horn Book’s old office in Charlestown had more space and a slightly different setup than our cozy current digs at Simmons College. One aspect of that setup was the “No Shelf,” full of extra copies of books and galleys. The old location didn’t have the benefit of students and professors walking by to take […]

Introducing…the Horn Book Podcast


Starting today, the Horn Book’s new podcast with editor in chief Roger Sutton and Guide editorial assistant Siân Gaetano is live! Released once a week, this podcast will be for casual conversation about children’s literature from the perspectives of publishers, librarians, teachers, and fans. Roger brings his years of experience, strong opinions, and solid sass […]

Starring…the human body!

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A friendly human skeleton hosts Maris Wicks’s “nonfiction revue” Human Body Theater (First Second Books, October 2015), which covers just about everything concerning the human body. From atoms and cells to organs and systems, readers witness how the body works, in all its glory — and how viruses, bacteria, and fungi sometimes work against it. […]

Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery app review

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As Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery (Smithsonian, 2015) opens, it’s your first day as an intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. After curator Isabella Wagner introduces you to the museum and the task at hand, you head down to the creepy basement — alone — to get to work. Your job […]

Boston-area children’s lit events for March

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Today is World Book Day, celebrating authors/illustrators, books, and reading in over one hundred countries around the globe. Are you participating? There are also plenty of fantastic events happening right here in Boston this month! Here’s a small sampling; check out our event calendar for all details and even more great events in the Boston […]

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day 2016


On the occasion of Dr. Seuss’s birthday — and Read Across America Day — Shoshana has written a brief ode. (And that’s her ear.) The sun doesn’t shine, and it’s too wet to play, but today makes The Horn Book say “Hip, hip, hooray!” A Seussian birthday! We’re sending three cheers! In fact, we have […]

There are no picture book biographies of Donald Trump


A quick search of the Horn Book Guide Online shows three picture book biographies of Hillary Clinton, including these two new ones (both published in January 2016):    And this one from 2008, revised in August 2015: Then there’s this new YA biography: UPDATED: And this new middle-grade biography (which I missed in the original […]

Shortest month of the year #HBBlackHistoryMonth16


As our #HBBlackHistoryMonth16 coverage comes to a close, here is a reminder that these articles by and about African American children’s literature luminaries should be read by everyone, everywhere, everyday, not just during the shortest month of the year. In the meantime, we’ll keep updating our Horn Book Talking About Race resource page. We’ve already […]

Stephen Colbert: kidlit after dark

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The outside world doesn’t always get kidlit and YA lit. Children’s books are cute and easy and anyone with a vague sense that children are charming can write them, right? And anyone can write silly fluff for young adults. Especially anyone with a famous name. That’s a common attitude, anyway. But there are celebrities who […]

MarcoPolo Recall app review

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Kids these days, with their Minecraft and their interwebs. Not too long ago, Simon was the cutting edge of electronic gaming (and no one considered it educational*). Now MarcoPolo app Recall (January 2016) brings players a similar Simon experience. Four horizontal color bars — pink, sky-blue, orange, and green — appear on the screen. A […]