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On Meg Medina’s “The Writer’s Page: On Writing the American Familia” (from January 2016)

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Children’s author Meg Medina finds inspiration in the family stories she heard as a child, which “opened inside of me a sense of cultural history that wasn’t reflected in any book I was reading in school or seeing on any of my favorite television shows.” In an article from the January/February 2016 issue of the […]

Aaron Becker on Return


In our September/October 2016 issue, we asked author/illustrator Aaron Becker about a possible cameo in his new picture book Return. Read the full review here, along with reviews of the previous volumes Journey and Quest. Horn Book Editors: Is the father in the story you? Aaron Becker: In a sense, yes. But I think I […]

Questions from Molly Bang | Class #2, fall 2016

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We are looking forward to welcoming Molly Bang to our next class on October 19. One of the things that makes Molly unique as a guest speaker is that she likes her visits to be learning experiences — for herself. One year she focused on a book that she thought didn’t work very well. It […]

Sago Mini Babies Dress Up


Sago Mini Babies Dress Up (Sago Sago, August 2016; iOS only) invites preschoolers to play dress-up with four cute — and familiar to Sago Sago fans — animal characters. The app opens with bird Robin, bunny Jack, cat Jinja, and dog Harvey sitting on porch steps. Given that it’s close to Halloween, it’s just slightly […]

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2016

Baby Matt watches his father. Photo courtesy Matt de la Peña.

National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time for “paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society,” draws to a close this week. For more information and a calendar of events, visit the National Hispanic Heritage Month website. Here are some interviews, recommended books, and articles from […]

Come Home, Angus


I have never been on a Caldecott committee (and nor will I ever be, since I write publicly at more than one place throughout the year about picture books), and I have a deep reverence for the work these committees do annually. But I admit to a sort of hushed reverence, because it’s all rather […]

Picture books and easy readers | Class #2, fall 2016


During our first class, we started to look at picture books. For our second class on October 19, we are adding easy readers into the mix. Here’s what we are reading and discussing: Two more picture books Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown That New Animal by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Pierre Pratt Two […]

October’s Notes from the Horn BooOOooK


October’s Halloweenish Notes from the Horn Book is bat-winging its way to inboxes right now! We start things off on a serious note with 5Q for Skila Brown on her starred verse novel To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party, plus a selection of historical horror stories for […]

Surviving Road Trips with Audiobooks


It began with Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking. I was planning a four-hour road trip with my kids, and I was searching for something besides the fail-safe DVD to entertain them during the drive. Admittedly, as an author, I rail against relying too heavily on movies, TV, and gaming. Yes, they’re convenient, and keep lunacy on […]

NYCC 16 – Nerds Unite!


This being our third year of New York Comic Con attendance, cousin Justin and I decided to go all out: the whole weekend in NYC, the whole weekend at Comic Con. I was excited to attend all the panels; Justin wanted to see the Walking Dead sneak peek and get a picture with Evangeline Lilly. […]