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Ribbon writing

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Cover art fads are such fun to watch. There have been Headless Torsos; Girls in Red; Girls in Flowy Dresses; Girls Looking Over their Shoulders; Teens on the Edge; Apples; and so, so many more. Another one I’ve noticed recently: ribbon writing.       I like it, I think. It looks sassy but classy. And, […]

Pride Month roundup

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During LGBT Pride Month, we celebrate triumphs — and mourn tragedies — in the LGBTQIA+ community. Here are the Horn Book resources we’ve shared throughout the month. “Happy Pride Month!” (Out of the Box, June 6th, 2016) “Five Gay Picture-Book Prodigies and the Difference They’ve Made” by Barbara Bader (March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine) Editorial: […]

Lots of ALA 2016 love

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All week we’ve been celebrating the 2016 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators. Here are the winners’ acceptance speeches and profiles; stay tuned for more next week! Newbery Medal: Matt de la Peña’s Newbery acceptance speech for Last Stop on Market Street Profile of Matt de la Peña by Jennifer Buehler “Becoming ‘A Better […]

Shark Week 2016

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This week is the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week (“the most wonderful week of the year!”). Take a bite out of this updated selection of shark-themed books, ranging from novels to legends to nonfiction and from silly to informative to poignant. All were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine or Guide at the time of […]

ALA 2016 on hbook.com

Last Stop on Market Street. Illustration 2015 by Christian Robinson. Photo: Jennifer Buehler.

In case you missed it: Jerry Pinkney’s 2016 Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award speech and his 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal Acceptance speech: “Drawing My Dream.” Sophie Blackall’s Caldecott acceptance speech and Matt de la Peña’s Newbery speech. Rita Williams-Garcia’s Coretta Scott King Author Award acceptance speech and Bryan Collier’s Illustrator Award speech. […]

Louder and prouder

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At the beginning of this month, I drafted a blog post for use “at some point during Pride Month.” In that post I compared the experience of finding queer characters a few years ago with that of finding them today, and marveled at the speed of positive change. I said that we had further to […]

Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Jungle app review

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A companion to Axel Scheffler’s flip book of the same name, Flip Flap Jungle (Nosy Crow, 2015) allows you to create seemingly infinite animals by combining the top half of one and the bottom half of another. Want to see what a parakeet might look like with four furry legs? Swipe the bottom of the brightly […]

Transgender lives

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Last November Ellen Wittlinger — author of Parrotfish, the first young adult novel starring a transgender protagonist — took a second look at her groundbreaking book and concluded: “Parrotfish Needed an Update: The Rapidly Changing Language of Transgender Awareness.” Along with her article, we posted a roundup of available books for children and teens featuring […]

Stuff millennials like

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At The Horn Book we review books for children and young adults. That said, adult books still end up in our mail on a pretty regular basis. A Year of Programs for Millennials and and More by Amy J. Alessio, Katie Lamantia, and Emily Vinci (ALA Editions, May 2015) just passed across my desk. Now, […]

While the cat’s away, take 2

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It’s that time of year again: all our “grown-up” colleagues are away, variously attending ALA, working from home, or on vacation (eat some beignets for us, Kitty!). Even our fellow millennials are off gallivanting in exciting places. Shoshana, intern Courtney, and I are holding down the (book) fort with the second annual — but equally […]