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We Found a Hat

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Whole masters theses will be written about Jon Klassen’s Hat trilogy, if they haven’t been already. Here, of course, we can look only at this one book, since the actual Caldecott committee is not allowed to consider an illustrator’s previous work in its deliberations. We Found a Hat is a morality play in which (this time!) friendship and goodness and life […]

Anne Nesbet on Cloud and Wallfish

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In our November/December 2016 issue, reviewer Monica Edinger asked author Anne Nesbet the narrative structure of her new novel Cloud and Wallfish. Read the full starred review. Monica Edinger: I’m really curious about the Secret Files. Were they part of the design of the book from the start? Anne Nesbet: The Secret Files were there […]

On Ron Koertge’s “Lunacy” (from November 2011)

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Here’s a truth that I believe is universally acknowledged (apologies to Jane Austen): at bedtime, parents want their kids to go the eff to sleep. Remember that parent-trap by Adam Mansbach from 2011? Inspired by that publishing phenomenon, Ron Koertge’s “Lunacy” was published in the November/December 2011 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. We offer […]

Crawl into a cave with a book, maybe?

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Over on the Horn Book’s Family Reading blog, Kitty and Elissa are inviting you to share your stories about and strategies for helping children through what promises to be a difficult time for our country. Also see our latest booklist, “Making a Difference,” for some inspiration. I won’t pretend that I can think of anything […]

Making a difference booklist

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Right now many parents, teachers, librarians, and other caregivers are having difficult discussions about how to talk with children about the election and its potential repercussions; how to reassure children who are afraid; how to encourage children (and fellow adults!) to support one another and work together for social change. We are having those discussions […]

Roald Dahl’s Twit or Miss app review

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When you open Roald Dahl’s Twit or Miss (Penguin, 2015; iOS and Android), a British-accented voice welcomes you to “the ghastly world of The Twits.” Then you’re ushered through an overgrown yard and into the Twits’ dining room, with art inspired by Quentin Blake’s classic illustrations. The app consists of a single game with a […]

Some Writer!

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Each year there is a book I see early in the season that sticks with me. This year it was Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet. Yes, that Melissa Sweet. The one who wrote or illustrated Balloons Over Broadway, The Right Word, A River of Words, and a whole lot […]

2016 National Book Award Winner

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The winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature is March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. by Nate Powell. Read The Horn Book‘s reviews of the March trilogy here: March: Book One March: Book Two March: Book Three And you can read our Five Questions interview with the […]

Charlotte’s Web | Class #6, fall 2016

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Our class won’t meet next Wednesday because of Thanksgiving, so this post is going up early. During our last class meeting (November 30), we will be holding five mock book award sessions. There are three Caldecott groups and one each for Geisel and Sibert. Check out the books they have nominated here [link to come] […]

Three rules for successful book reviewing

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The other day, I was tasked with delivering a PowerPoint about the Horn Book to our Media Source colleagues in Ohio and New York. Unfortunately for them, I had just watched the Imelda Staunton Gypsy on PBS this past weekend, and thus I had my gimmick, provided by the leading ladies of Wichita burlesque. Rule #1: […]