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April Boston-area children’s lit events

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April (snow) showers bring… lots of April book events! Here’s a small sampling; check out our event calendar for all details and even more events in the Boston area. April is National Poetry Month! See the Academy of American Poets website for resources and local event listings. “The Art of Eric Carle: Hide and Seek” […]

Marilyn’s great speech

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Here’s a link to the speech Marilyn Nelson gave when she won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Carver in 2001. The awards were given in Burlington, Vermont that October, a very fraught time, as you will recall. I remember that Marilyn’s son, then a student at McGill in Montreal, missed the ceremony as he […]

Julie Berry on The Passion of Dolssa

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In our March/April 2016 issue, Horn Book Magazine editor Martha V. Parravano talked with Julie Berry about how she researched and evoked thirteenth-century Provincia. Read the starred review of The Passion of Dolssa. Martha V. Parravano: An astounding amount of research went into this book — and surely you must now be the world’s leading […]

The 2016 Zena Sutherland Lecture with Marilyn Nelson

You should totally come to this. Marilyn Nelson gave one of the best speeches I ever heard on the occasion of her winning the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 2001 for Carver. I hope I see you in Chicago on May 6th.

14 lies and 9 truths

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I’m glad that the powers that be have cleared up the lies they were spewing about me last Friday. But three further corrections–I did recite poetry on the steps of Honnold Library–Gertrude Stein, for my sins–and I did not sing in bars until alcoholism had a firmer grip on me, and I do not own a […]

Collaboration in action, Horn Book Magazine May/June 2016 special issue

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Here we are demonstrating the theme of The Horn Book Magazine‘s upcoming May/June 2016 special issue: Collaborations. It’s a good one! Featuring articles by: Rita Williams-Garcia, the Nerdy Book Club, Lydie Raschka, JonArno Lawson & Sydney Smith, the Holm siblings, the Tamaki cousins, Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely, Candace Fleming & Anne Schwartz, Philip Pullman […]

Sitting in Bertha’s Chair

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IF ONLY!! Okay, this book we announced on April 1st is not a real memoir. And not all of the “facts” we revealed are true (see: factoid, “a piece of unverified or inaccurate information that is presented in the press as factual…” from American Heritage Dictionary). But some of them are! See below for details. […]

Happy 20th anniversary, Roger!

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UPDATE: APRIL FOOL!!! CLICK HERE FOR MORE. Sitting in Bertha Mahony Miller’s chair for the past two decades hasn’t always been comfortable, but I wasn’t hired to make people comfortable. For me, it’s a physical reminder of my mission in the field of children’s books. —from Sitting in Bertha’s Chair by Roger Sutton, editor in […]

Chapter books | Class #3, 2016

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This week we are reading three chapter books — The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos, and The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich. Each is the first book in a series and each has a strong central character, an element that I think is essential in early […]

The Stories Julian Tells | Class #3, 2016

The Stories Julian Tells

The Stories Julian Tells is the first book in an ongoing series about brothers Julian and Hughie, and their neighbor Gloria. This is an early chapter book for readers who have acquired some fluency but aren’t ready to tackle longer books yet. The chapters are fairly short, there’s lots of conversation, the plot is easy […]