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My weekend at a nerd convention

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French the llama, puppy-sized elephants! Don’t forget to be awesome. If that made sense to you, you might be a Nerdfighter. If it didn’t, here, have a rabbit hole. And another. And another. If it still doesn’t make sense to you, have an entry point: Basically, the community of Nerdfighters, or Nerdfighteria, formed around the […]

On Hazel Rochman’s “Against Borders” (from 1995)

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“Apartheid has tried to make us bury our books. The Inquisition and the Nazis burned books. Slaves in the United States were forbidden to read books. From Latin America to Eastern Europe, they’ve trashed books. But the stories are still here. I believe that the best books can make a difference in building community.” In […]

“All YA Need Is Love” panel

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On the heels of Valentine’s Day, I attended an event sponsored by the Boston Teen Author Festival aptly called “All YA Need is Love.” The panel, which discussed all kinds of love in YA fiction, featured Kim Savage, author of After the Woods and Beautiful Broken Girls; Rebecca Maizel, author of Between Us and the […]

Black History Month, Week 4

The Horn Book celebrates Black History Month

Throughout February, we’re celebrating Black History Month by highlighting articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field. Look for the social media tag #HBBlackHistoryMonth17 on Facebook.com/TheHornBook and @HornBook. This week’s articles: Profile of 1977 Newbery Medal winner Mildred D. Taylor […]

Children’s Books Boston “A Midwinter Night’s Fantasy Panel” recap

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Dragons are people, too. Or at least, it’s possible to put so much thought into them as characters that they might as well be. This was just one takeaway from Children’s Books Boston’s “A Midwinter Night’s Fantasy Panel,” in which our own Martha V. Parravano moderated a discussion between authors Kristin Cashore and Tui T. […]

Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival app review

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In Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival (Move On Pluto, January 2017; iOS only), a bespectacled boy named Max wakes up to discover that his dog, Percival, is missing. He enlists the aid of his adventurous friend, Meredith, to search for Percival. Meredith, dressed in a Robin Hood cloak and cap and carrying a […]

On Megan Dowd Lambert’s “Dave the Potter and Stevie the Reader” (from 2011)

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Megan Dowd Lambert served on the 2011 Caldecott committee, which recognized Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave as a Caldecott Honor Book (that year’s winner was A Sick Day for Amos McGee). Megan had been hesitant to share the book with her younger children: “I think perhaps I shied away from it as read-aloud fare […]

And the seasons, they go round and round

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Every January, a new cycle begins: as the 2017 Caldecott committee makes their choices and ends their service (thank you, 2017 Caldecott Committee!), the 2018 Caldecott committee begins their work. We are pleased to say that this year we will attempt to echo that work as the year unfolds. Members of the 2018 committee are already on the […]

The Horn Book celebrates BGHB @ 50

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2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards. You can download and print Lolly Robinson’s beautifully designed poster of the award winners here. Throughout the year, we will be celebrating award winners, past and present, with a series of articles, interviews, reminiscences, and more. Look for our coverage both in The Horn […]

Presidents’ Day + Snow Day = President Snow Day

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Today some people are celebrating Presidents’ Day while others are observing “Not My President’s Day.” Because there’s still snow on the ground where we are (and for no other reason!), here are some recommended books and articles about: U.S. presidents, snow, YA dystopian literature, activism, and Hunger Games fandom. Save