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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: […]

Ashley Bryan at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

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Who could use a little beauty? The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA, is running its New England Biennial exhibition through March 26, 2017. The exhibit features sixteen New England-based fine artists — including children’s lit’s own Ashley Bryan. On display in the gallery space are several of Bryan’s picture-book collages, including several […]

Family Reading: A place for ALL families

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This has been a rough week for a lot of us. We’ve read in the news and heard firsthand stories of uncertainty and fear from our children and their classmates and from neighbors and friends. The presidential election’s hateful rhetoric has prompted kids to worry about what is to come under the incoming administration: “Will […]

Giant Squid

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Do you like creepy, shiver-inducing monster stories? If so, you’ve got to see Giant Squid by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann. Sometimes when we discuss an information book — yes, it’s nonfiction — here, there are debates about whether it’s really a picture book. Is there enough play between art and text? Is there […]

On Julie Hakim Azzam’s “Mommy, Do I Have White Skin?: Skin Color, Family, and Picture Books” (from November 2016)

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“Using picture books, I set out to cultivate an image library that would give my children pictures of families that, like ours, were of mixed ancestry and had skin tones that ranged from light to dark.” Julie Hakim Azzam’s Books in the Home column from the November/December 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine discusses […]

Tom Sullivan on I Used to Be a Fish

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In our November/December 2016 issue, reviewer Danielle J. Ford asked author/illustrator Tom Sullivan about the origins of his new picture book I Used to Be a Fish. Read the full starred review (and don’t miss this silliness). Danielle J. Ford: This is your first picture book. Of all the topics out there — why evolution? […]

Arrival spoilers

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The question is, how can I talk about Arrival without giving anything away? Well, go and come back, if you’ll allow me to allude to Joan Abelove’s 1998 novel (which I would love to see read through a lens of today’s conversations about social identity). And while you’re gone, re-read Shaun Tan’s The Arrival as […]