El Deafo

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This week, I was lucky enough to have a thirty-minute window when I could pop into my favorite independent bookstore in Los Angeles. They have a large children’s section on the second floor that I love perusing because they do an excellent job at getting new books. On one of their displays sat El Deafo […]

Make way for goslings

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

On my way to work this morning, I saw a modern-day Officer Michael helping a gaggle of adolescent goslings across the Fenway. When I got to work, I found out that Kitty was about a minute ahead of me and had hit the Walk button for them.

What *about* those Caldecott criteria?

Last week, Robin reminded us how crucial it is to keep the Caldecott criteria in mind as we examine this year’s picture books. We all know that the Caldecott rules and criteria are paramount and inviolable, and for decades committees have obsessively wrestled with the meanings and nuances of “excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed”; […]

Early Learning recap

photo by Carolyn Sun

SLJ has posted a report of Martha and my presentation in Ohio last week of what makes  for a good preschool book. Look for Kevin Henkes’ excellent speech from that event on our site on Monday.

The Maze Runner movie review

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I’m a sucker for a good secret. The Maze Runner is all about secrets. If you’ve read James Dashner’s novel, seeing the Twentieth Century Fox movie (released September 19, 2014) is a completely different experience than it would be if you were new to the story. Instead of wondering how a gaggle of teenaged boys […]

2014 BGHB Picture Book Day

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Wednesday and yesterday we gave you web extras honoring our BGHB Nonfiction and Fiction Award winners — today it’s picture books’ turn! Read reviews of all of the 2014 picture book winners here; see below for a lot more web extras to celebrate them. And, if you’re in the Boston area, join us on October […]

Lucky Day: An I Hunt Killers Prequel e-book review

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I’ve been reviewing Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers trilogy (I Hunt Killers, Game) for the Magazine and am about to start reading the just-released final volume, Blood of My Blood. So I was very excited to get my hands on Lucky Day: An I Hunt Killers Prequel by Barry Lyga (Little, Brown, April 2014), one […]

2014 BGHB Fiction Day

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Yesterday we honored our BGHB Nonfiction Award winners — today it’s fiction’s turn! Read reviews of all of the 2014 fiction winners here; see below for more web extras to celebrate them. And, if you’re in the Boston area, join us on October 10–11, 2014, for the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Mind the Gaps, […]

Same theme, different level

The Skin I'm In

It’s a new year with new kids! I’m working with the same population, but the way this school deals with the social and emotional components of learning is amazing. With that said, I have a group of 8th graders who are very low-level readers. It was a bit surprising because most of them are articulate […]

Blowing the shofar for fine books for boys and girls

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I’ve been reading a lot of Jewish-themed books lately (thank you, Sydney Taylor Book Award committee ). I just finished Donna Jo Napoli’s very-alternate Noah’s Ark novel Storm about a teenage stowaway who’s saved by two bonobos. Strange and lovely. To celebrate Rosh Hashanah, here are some recent picture books. Lesléa Newman’s beautiful Here Is […]