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2016 BGHB/HBAS celebration roundup

bghb 2016 congrats

For fifty years, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards have been recognizing the very best in children’s books. Last Friday, we celebrated 2016’s winning books with the honorees, judges, and fellow children’s book enthusiasts, then had a day of thoughtful discussion on Saturday. Here’s a roundup of all our online coverage of the winners, the ceremony, […]

Unboxing BGHB and HBAS


This year’s BGHB/HBAS weekend, as they typically do, began with boxes. Carts full of boxes, which were full of bags, which we stuffed full of posters, Post-its, and other goodies. It was all very well contained and well planned (thank you, Katrina!). But as organized as the event was, its purpose was to celebrate books […]

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled

perkins_frank and lucky get schooled

In many of the books we look at for this blog, the illustrator has created virtuosic art that looks as if it required a lot of time and skill. Perkins, on the other hand, makes it look easy. As far as I can tell, all of Lynne Rae Perkins’s work has a feeling of improvisation and […]

Plum’s Creaturizer app review


It’s that (internet) age-old problem: if kids are staring at screens, they aren’t playing outside. PBS Kids’s Plum’s Creaturizer app (2015; iOS and Android), follow-up to the Plum’s Photo Hunt app, attempts to combine techie-fun, some very early science, and outdoor play. According to the “For Parents” section, its aim is to help children “develop […]

Not a Box


We’ve begun gathering together and posting our coverage of the past weekend’s BGHB–my 21st, phew–and HBAS colloquium. It was a happy concatenation of thinking and talking about books for youth, and our Out-of-the-Box theme for the colloquium provided structure without strain. More than one of the speakers mentioned how nice children’s-book discussion is (absent M.T. Anderson […]

BGHB16 and HBAS16 slideshow

Carole Boston Weatherford, Roger Sutton, and Ekua Holmes. Photo: Josh Reynolds

We had a fantastic time at the emotional Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony on Friday, September 30th and the thought-provoking Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Out of the Box” on Saturday, October 1st. Boston Globe photographer Josh Reynolds (and our staff members, wielding smartphones!) caught many of the weekend’s highlights. There’s more to come in […]

Great Crafts You Can Do at Home (As Inspired by Recent Picture Books)


I feel like I need to start off with a bit of a confession. I’m a children’s librarian by training. And part of that job requires a complete and thorough knowledge of crafts and crafting. Now here’s the problem: I hate crafts. Well, not completely; I’ll color in an adult coloring book if someone hands […]

Picture books | class #1, fall 2016


For our first class on October 12, we will be reading two picture books and three articles. Where the Wild Things Are is a classic now, but when it was first published in 1963 it was controversial. If you knew this book as a child, what did you notice this time that you might not […]

November/December Horn Book starred reviews


The following books will receive starred reviews in the November/December issue of The Horn Book Magazine:   Wolf in the Snow; written and illus. by Matthew Cordell (Feiwel/Macmillan) Sleep Tight Farm; by Eugenie Doyle; illus. by Becca Stadtlander (Chronicle) The Bossier Baby; written and illus. by Marla Frazee (Beach Lane/Simon) The Sleeping Gypsy; written and illus. by Mordicai Gerstein (Holiday) […]

2016 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium timeline

Photo: Elissa Gershowitz

On Saturday, October 1st, we held our sixth annual Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, with the theme “Out of the Box.” Miss the fun? We’ve compiled a timeline of the day’s highlights based on tweets by our staff and other attendees. See the timeline for Friday’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony here. For even more, […]