Novels to supplement history | Part 1

Sundiata

This year, I started a new role as the 8th grade Humanities teacher. I began the school year with an ambitious “Novels of the World” plan that would flawlessly integrate every Common Core standard in Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking along with the world history. Then reality hit me in the throat. I realized that […]

Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads

kid sheriff

As I sit here typing, I am staring at a poster for last year’s Caldecott winner, Brian Floca’s Locomotive. Would the committee that honored that wonderful book have given the time of day to the utter silliness that is Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads? Of course, I have no idea. Anyway: new year, new […]

Boston KidLit Book Exchange

Pile-of-Books

In the Boston area and looking to either offload children’s/YA books or pick some up for your library? You’re in luck: Boston KidLit Drink Night founders Sam Musher, Jennie Simopoulos, and Kimberly Huynh have just launched the Boston KidLit Exchange to help match up donors with recipient libraries. According to the Exchange’s site, “We’re here […]

Which All-of-a-Kind Family sibling are YOU?

AllofaKind

Are you the type to gobble up your penny candy or savor it in tiny bites? Can you imagine a world where candy costs a penny? These and other important questions have been on our minds lately at The Horn Book, the Association of Jewish Libraries, and Lizzie Skurnick Books. It all started when Elissa […]

Thinking about school as a privilege

Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys

As our year in second grade began last fall, my students and I spent some time thinking about why we go to school. In our first few weeks together, I tried to help my students understand that going to school is a privilege that has not always been (and is still not) available to everyone. […]

2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book speeches

Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners, 2014

For your kind consideration: here are the complete 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches. Click on the tag BGHB14 for timelines, pictures, and more. Photos, judges’ intros, and other information can be found in the January/February 2015 Horn Book Magazine. And look to the March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine for Vaunda Micheaux Nelson’s unforgettable keynote […]

The Right Word

right word

While we took a short break over the holidays, you can bet that the members of the Real Caldecott Committee did not. Neither sleet nor dark of night nor even New Year’s or Festivus celebrations can deter committee members from their responsibilities. And now it’s January. Less than one month to go until…Deliberation Weekend! followed by…Announcement Monday! So […]

We got swag

acorn pendant in box

…promotional swag, that is. Here are some of the more original marketing materials we’ve gotten recently. Lynne Rae Perkins’s husband handmade real acorn pendants to celebrate the release of her  middle-grade animal fantasy Nuts to You (Greenwillow, August 2014). “You’ll never sleep the same again,” promise promo items for Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller’s Nightmares! […]

New year, new leaf

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The new year gives me a chance to turn over a new leaf (like this one, created for our January 2007 cover by Lois Ehlert) and get back to a more regular schedule with this blog. We have several posts ready to share with you, some of which have been waiting in the wings for […]

2014 in review

Happy-New-Year-2015

Happy New Year! We hope your 2015 is full of great books (and good book discussion!). Before we ring in 2015, though, let’s take a look back at 2014 — we had a very busy year! Comment and let us know the bookish highlights of your year. ALA 2014 BGHB 2014 Blogs Read Roger Lolly’s […]