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Ice cream and existentialism

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There are so many things to say about Naoshi‘s picture book Ice Cream Work (Overcup Press, October 2015), but for the sake of orientation, I’ll begin with a brief synopsis. This, according to the jacket copy, is “an utterly delicious story of a humble ice cream cone trying to find meaningful work.” And so it […]

Happy 75th anniversary, Make Way for Ducklings!

Make Way for Ducklings, by Nancy Schon

Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings doesn’t fly off the shelves in most places, as far as I know. It wasn’t a huge part of my Albany, New York childhood. It isn’t a flashy book, a colorful book, a rhyming book, or — let’s face it — a conveniently short book. Maybe most places don’t […]

Anticipayaytion

Anticipayaytion

A heads up: Linda Pizzuti Henry of the Globe and I will be announcing the winners of the 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards next Thursday, June 2, via video at 11:00AM EST. A web address for the video will be forthcoming later this week. And, fun new fact, for the first time we will NOT […]

Psst! NEW Horn Book parent blog — help!

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You’re the first to know! The Horn Book is launching a new blog in the fall. Geared toward parents, the blog will provide parent-centric Horn Book articles along with new content. What we need from you — and in the spirit of our May/June Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Collaborations — is suggestions for a […]

Sago Mini Robot Party app review

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“This is a partying robot with a sock hand, ’cause I gave it a sock hand,” I told Katie. “Do what you gotta do,” she replied. I was in the mood to give my robot a sock hand, so a sock hand he had. And yes, a sock hand can make cupcakes. On the off-chance […]

#NESCBWI16 recap

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On the morning of Sunday, May 1st, the Ballroom of the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place sounded a bit like a punk rock concert. Unless you listened closely, and realized what the hundreds of writers and illustrators were yelling at author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s encouragement: “EEE-I-EEE-I-OH!” At the 2016 New England conference of the Society of […]

Peter Brown on The Wild Robot

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In our May/June 2016 issue, our editors asked Peter Brown about thematic similarities between his 2014 BGHB Picture Book Award–winning picture book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and his new sci-fi Robinsonade The Wild Robot. Read the full review of The Wild Robot. Horn Book editors: Though it’s a very different book, there are similarities in […]

♫ Summer readin’ had me a blast…♫

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This is the time of year when I get “Summer Nights” stuck in my head for weeks. We’ve been working on our annual summer reading recommendations, and how can you not sing “summer reading” to that catchy tune? (shoo bop bop, shoo bop bop, yeah!) Tell you more, you say? We’ve picked our top ten […]

Lil’ Red: An Interactive Story app review

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What’s black and white and red all over? Lil’ Red: An Interactive Story (2013), Brian Main’s savvy digital retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood.” This light version of the fairy tale more or less follows the traditional trajectory but minimizes scariness. Naive Lil’ Red sets out through the woods for her grandmother’s, meets a hungry […]

May Notes is out!

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May’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter has 5Q for Mordicai Gerstein about the infuriating-but-endearing deity of his new picture book I Am Pan! In this issue you’ll also find more new takes on old tales light-hearted fantasy novels for intermediate readers middle-school nonfiction about scientific innovations and innovators compelling audiobooks for teens Read the […]