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Happy Birthday to Us


Last Sunday marked the hundredth anniversary of the opening of Bertha Mahony’s Bookshop for Boys and Girls, whose “Suggestive Purchase List” begat The Horn Book Magazine and everything else we do today to blow the horn for fine books for youth. Lolly Robinson has given us the extraordinary gift of “The Horn Book’s Virtual History […]

Books for Indigenous Peoples Day

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It’s Indigenous Peoples Day! Here’s a selection of books featuring a range of indigenous North American peoples and cultures — the majority by Native authors and illustrators — to be shared today and every day. Board books were recommended in our quarterly “Board Book Roundup” column. All others were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine […]

On Robin Smith’s “A Letter to Parents” (from Sept/Oct 2006)


When it comes to second-grade reading, veteran teacher Robin Smith has seen it all. As the parent of a second grader, I have seen many things that we won’t go into, but seeing my eight-year-old reading voraciously isn’t one of them. I know he can read; if given the choice, however, he prefers not to. […]

2016 BGHB/HBAS celebration roundup

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For fifty years, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards have been recognizing the very best in children’s books. Last Friday, we celebrated 2016’s winning books with the honorees, judges, and fellow children’s book enthusiasts, then had a day of thoughtful discussion on Saturday. Here’s a roundup of all our online coverage of the winners, the ceremony, […]

Unboxing BGHB and HBAS


This year’s BGHB/HBAS weekend, as they typically do, began with boxes. Carts full of boxes, which were full of bags, which we stuffed full of posters, Post-its, and other goodies. It was all very well contained and well planned (thank you, Katrina!). But as organized as the event was, its purpose was to celebrate books […]

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled

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In many of the books we look at for this blog, the illustrator has created virtuosic art that looks as if it required a lot of time and skill. Perkins, on the other hand, makes it look easy. As far as I can tell, all of Lynne Rae Perkins’s work has a feeling of improvisation and […]

Plum’s Creaturizer app review


It’s that (internet) age-old problem: if kids are staring at screens, they aren’t playing outside. PBS Kids’s Plum’s Creaturizer app (2015; iOS and Android), follow-up to the Plum’s Photo Hunt app, attempts to combine techie-fun, some very early science, and outdoor play. According to the “For Parents” section, its aim is to help children “develop […]

Not a Box


We’ve begun gathering together and posting our coverage of the past weekend’s BGHB–my 21st, phew–and HBAS colloquium. It was a happy concatenation of thinking and talking about books for youth, and our Out-of-the-Box theme for the colloquium provided structure without strain. More than one of the speakers mentioned how nice children’s-book discussion is (absent M.T. Anderson […]

BGHB16 and HBAS16 slideshow

Carole Boston Weatherford, Roger Sutton, and Ekua Holmes. Photo: Josh Reynolds

We had a fantastic time at the emotional Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony on Friday, September 30th and the thought-provoking Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Out of the Box” on Saturday, October 1st. Boston Globe photographer Josh Reynolds (and our staff members, wielding smartphones!) caught many of the weekend’s highlights. There’s more to come in […]

Great Crafts You Can Do at Home (As Inspired by Recent Picture Books)


I feel like I need to start off with a bit of a confession. I’m a children’s librarian by training. And part of that job requires a complete and thorough knowledge of crafts and crafting. Now here’s the problem: I hate crafts. Well, not completely; I’ll color in an adult coloring book if someone hands […]