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The Horn Book Goes South

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Martha Parravano, Al Berman, and I will be at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta this weekend. While Martha is busy on the CSK Book Award jury and rounding up articles and new contributors, Al and I will be stalking the exhibit hall to see what’s new and get publishers to transfer funds from their advertising budgets […]

Vote!

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Calling Caldecott has opened its first ballot for voting so get over there and choose your top three. My first choice was Ashley Bryan’s Freedom over Over Me–I remember when Betsy Hearne took heat at BCCB for suggesting in an editorial that Brock Cole’s Celine was worthy of the Medal, and an SLJ editor chastised her […]

The 2017 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

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The 2017 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Full of Beans, by Jennifer L. Holm, published by Random House Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. Narrator Beans Curry immerses middle-grade readers in his kid world of Depression-era Key West, where he and his pals rub shoulders with rum […]

My cup runneth over

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I hope everyone had a nice and peaceful break. I mean, I hope everyone had a break of one kind or another but nice and peaceful is what I look for these days. We were in Ptown in a nice and peaceful house, right across from the beach. But while it had seven televisions, there was […]

My date with Lisa Yee

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Lisa Yee and I for more than a decade had a friendship that was entirely virtual, but we met briefly for real last year at the Eric Carle gala. Now she’s moved to vaguely in our neck of the woods, and the other day we went to the MFA for lunch. We mostly talked about […]

Fanfare! 2016

Horn Book Fanfare Our choices for the best books of 2016

The Horn Book Magazine’s choices for the best books of 2016. Sign up now to receive the fully annotated list in next week’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book. Picture Books Thunder Boy Jr. written by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Little, Brown) Leave Me Alone! written and illustrated by Vera Brosgol (Roaring […]

Reading the waffle iron

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I see that Bad Little Children’s Books has been sent to bed without supper. No loss, even if I don’t share the outrage. There are some memes that should just stay memes, and children’s-book-cover parodies have been racing around since even before Buzzfeed was a thing. The problem with this collection in particular is there is almost zero wit; unlike […]

January/February 2017 Starred Reviews

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  The following books will receive starred reviews in the January/February 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Life on Mars; written and illustrated by Jon Agee (Dial). Chirri & Chirra; written and illustrated by Kaya Doi; translated from the Japanese by Yuki Kaneko (Enchanted Lion). Egg; written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow). A […]

BGHB 2017

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… is beginning (yes, later than it should but earlier than it used to)! Please, publishers, start submitting your contenders; the eligibility period for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards runs from publishing date June 1st of this year to May 31st of next. It is never to soon to send books to the judges. I’m […]

Outside over there

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I hope you all had an enjoyable long weekend; we had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with friends, saw two movies (Moonlight–wonderful; Allied–eh) and I fairly succesfully avoided thinking about work until Sunday afternoon when I began cranking on the editorial whose completion I am here prolonging as I have a dawdle with you. As promised, I […]