A new original comic: Book & Me

Book & Me by Charise Mericle Harper

We are thrilled to present Book & Me, a new comics series by Charise Mericle Harper about an author and her not-always-cooperative — but always hugely entertaining — literary creation. The first five comics originally appeared in The Horn Book Magazine May/June Special Issue: Transformations. You can read all about Harper’s inspiration for this series […]

The merry month of May: May events in and around Boston

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May is here, and so are lots of not-to-be-missed events! Here’s a highlight reel; for even more great events and all the details, see our event calendar. May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Friend of the Horn Book and former intern Kazia will be presenting at the third annual “Pippi to Ripley: Gender and Sexualities […]

Solve the Outbreak app review

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Work your way up the Center for Disease Control’s ranks from trainee to master “disease detective” by uncovering the causes of disease outbreaks in Solve the Outbreak (CDC, 2013). Every chapter presents background on a fictionalized outbreak and five clues, each followed by a multiple choice question to narrow down the outbreak’s source. The clues […]

Jack and Hazel

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WHY I have to go to Chicago to see Jack Gantos when he lives only a mile away from my office is a question I’ll happily ignore to hear his Zena Sutherland Lecture at the Chicago Public Library tomorrow night. Join us if you can; otherwise you can read Jack’s speech in the Horn Book this […]

Signs of springtime: construction

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A late addition to our “signs of springtime” list: ’tis the season for construction! This is right near our office on The Fenway, but cranes are popping up like crocuses all over Boston. Here are some recent construction books for preschool- and early primary-aged kids (particularly vehicle-obsessed ones!), recommended by The Horn Book Magazine. Jonathan […]

Not-so-new New Yorkers

(Top) Kadir Nelson and Harry Bliss; (Bottom) Christoph Niemann and Liniers.

I know this is not news, but, boy, there are a lot of New Yorker covers lately that were done by people (men) who are also illustrators. (Because my husband never throws them away, we’ve got a lot lying around.) Here’s an array.

Spring has sprung (at last!)

sailboats on the charles

In Boston we’re still having as many chilly days as nice ones, but spring is indisputably (finally) here… and the the winter of our public transit discontent is a distant-ish memory. (The MBTA kindly gave free rides all day Friday to thank passengers for their patience during the winter. For more on that mess, see […]

Please pass the beignets

winter_how jelly roll morton invented jazz

In our upcoming May/June issue, we review two nonfiction books starring jazz greats from the Big Easy: How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz and Trombone Shorty.    Now I’m nostalgic for NOLA, particularly its incredible live music scene! I can’t wait to get back to Frenchmen St. The annual — and beloved — New Orleans […]

Book & Me intro

Book & Me by Charise Mericle Harper

What’s it like to be a children’s author? An author with your name on a book. Sometimes people ask me this. I never know what to say. I don’t blog, I rarely tweet, but I do like to make comics. So, maybe it’s time I spilled the beans — my beans. Other authors may have […]

WWF Together app review

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With Earth Day‘s 45th anniversary celebration yesterday, it seems a good time to review the World Wildlife Fund’s lovely awareness-raising app WWF Together (2013). The app introduces sixteen endangered species from around the world, each characterized with a quality emphasizing its uniqueness: e.g., panda (“charisma”), elephant (“intelligence”), marine turtle (“longevity”), tiger (“solitude”). Each animal receives […]