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Jon Agee on Life on Mars

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In our January/February 2017 issue, our editors asked author/illustrator Jon Agee about parallels between his 2015 BGHB Honor book It’s Only Stanley and his latest, Life on Mars. Read the full starred review. Horn Book editors: Is this the same (out-of-this) world as It’s Only Stanley? Jon Agee: Yes, sort of. Both books are about […]

Making a Difference, Week 5 / Black History Month, Week 1

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Throughout January, we celebrated people who have Made a Difference through their good work. Each day, we recommended a book or article about someone who has effected positive change. This week’s picks: Out of the Box post Look to the lunchroom by librarian Danielle Winter Field Notes: “Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at […]

Frederick Douglass booklist

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Need to refresh your knowledge of great abolitionist Frederick Douglass? Want to introduce his life and accomplishments to a young reader? Looking for Douglass to round out your Black History Month or social justice reading recommendations? The following children’s and teen books, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide at the time of […]

February’s Boston-area book events

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A new month means new children’s book–related events and celebrations! Here’s a small sampling of what February has to offer; see our event calendar for all details and even more events. Yesterday was the first day of African American History Month. See the website for more information. Click on the tags Black History Month and […]

The King’s Ears app review

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Based on Katarina Jovanovic’s 2008 picture book The King Has Goat Ears, illustrated by Phillipe Béhà (Tradewinds Books), The King’s Ears app (Rascal Media, 2016; iOS only) adds music, movement, and interaction to this retelling of a Serbian folktale. Tap your way through the story (which you can choose to have read aloud to you, […]

Writing for adults and adolescents

Untwine by Edwidge Danticat

Last January, I was at the annual meeting of the School Reform Initiative, a wonderful organization that works to help schools find ways to communicate and collaborate more effectively.  I was thrilled to find out that the keynote speaker was Edwidge Danticat, a Haitian-American novelist I’ve loved for a long time. She delivered an important […]

The past made present | class #3, spring 2017

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Next Tuesday (February 7), the YA literature class will be discussing several books on the theme “The past made present,” considering both nonfiction and historical fiction. A number of these works address the topic of Civil Rights. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis […]

On Ibi Zoboi’s “A Fine Bookshelf” (from March/April 2016)

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“I’ve never been able to think about literacy for black children without thinking about the historical effects of slavery. Black children were not allowed to read for far longer than there have been books that feature them.” In “A Fine Bookshelf,” published in the March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine, author, mother, and Haitian immigrant Ibi […]

Black History Month 2017

The Horn Book celebrates Black History Month

To commemorate Black History Month, we will send around a series of articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field — one a day through the month of February, with a roundup on Fridays. It’s a tradition we began last […]

Refugees welcome here: resources and booklist

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In light of recent events, we want to strongly reiterate that the Horn Book is a place for all families. Our hearts are with those affected by the new immigration ban. We commend the important work of Kitaab World, whose “Countering Islamophobia Through Stories” campaign, beyond allowing Muslim children to see themselves in the books […]