What ELSE do you do?: five questions for T. A. Barron

Author photo 2014 for Horn Book

Author T. A. Barron instituted the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes in 2000. Named for the author’s mother, the Prize is given annually to fifteen young people “who have made a significant positive difference to people and/or our environment.” Each winner receives $5,000 toward his or her work or higher education. Barron’s latest fantasy […]

April’s Notes issue

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In our April edition of Notes from the Horn Book, we’re celebrating National Poetry Month by chatting with poet Nikki Grimes about her new picture book, Poems in the Attic. Other goodies in this issue: more poetry books for primary and intermediate readers spring-y picture books about birds grrl-power intermediate and middle-school fiction YA about […]

Shh! We have an author event!

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The other night, Martha Parravano and I attended an “Ink and Drink” at Candlewick Press for visiting author Chris Haughton. Boston was a stopover for Haughton, an Irishman who lives in London, on his way to Mississippi to accept the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award for Shh! We Have a Plan, which received a […]

Everywhere dragons

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…at least, everywhere in the March/April Magazine! These four new dragon-themed books are all reviewed in that issue, offering something for dragon fans of several different age groups. Consider them additions to our dragon-centric fantasy booklist. For preschool- and primary-aged kids, there’s author/illustrator Douglas Florian’s How to Draw a Dragon (Simon/Beach Lane, April 2015). Less […]

Signs of springtime: bunnies

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Like bikes, bunnies have returned to the Simmons campus! (And not just chocolate ones left over from Easter baskets.) Third-grade teacher Stacy shares her thoughts on using rabbit-themed reading with her students over at Lolly’s Classroom.

Passover and Easter 2015

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We’ve updated our Passover and Easter reading lists in preparation for this weekend’s holidays— check out Elissa’s Passover recs here and my Easter booklist here. Happy holiday to those celebrating, and happy spring (at long last!) to all.

Hoppy Easter

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Easter’s almost here! This updated Easter recommended reading list has selections suitable for both secular and religious celebrations of the holiday.   Preschool In Ollie’s Easter Eggs, Olivier Dunrea’s lovable goslings celebrate Easter by dyeing and hiding eggs. That is, except for little Ollie, who steals all the eggs, whispering “my egg” each time he […]

Dayenu, 2015!

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Here’s an updated list of Passover books to nibble on when the matzo runs dry.   Preschool Two Shalom Sesame series entries, written by Tilda Balsley and Ellen Fischer and illustrated by Tom Leigh, follow Sesame Street characters in Israel as they learn about doing good deeds. In It’s a Mitzvah, Grover!, Grover and friends […]

Last children’s lit class in 2015

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It’s hard to believe that this half-semester module is finishing up in one week. Last night, students handed in their annotated bibliographies — the big written assignment in this course. Now we head into the last class for a little fun. We are reading Charlotte’s Web for dessert but most of our last meeting will […]

Charlotte’s Web | Class #6, 2015

Charlotte's Web

During our last class meeting, we will be holding four mock book award sessions. There are two Caldecott groups and one each for Geisel and Sibert. Check out the books they have nominated here and tell us which one would get your first vote. Charlotte’s Web has been my last class reading assignment for several […]