Mock Caldecott Catch-up, part 1

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In a recent post we asked for your local school and library Mock Caldecott lists, and several titles came up that we wanted to add to the Calling Caldecott conversation. Two of these are the subjects for today: Big Bear little chair by Lizi Boyd and The Moon Is Going to Addy’s House by Ida Pearle. Boyd’s Big […]

DinoWriMo: Great Ladies


Who was dinosaurs’ favorite children’s book review journal editor? (sorry, Roger) Xenotarsosaurus Sutherland. For more terrible puns, click the tag DinoWriMo.

Native American Heritage Month resources

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November is Native American Heritage Month, a celebration of Native American people, their varied cultures, and their accomplishments. Check out the official website for more information and lots of resources; here some additional resources from our archives. Recommended books Review of Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth […]

Recommended books about adoption


This past Saturday, November 21st, was National Adoption Day, “a collective national effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families.” To celebrate, we’ve pulled together a list of recommended titles featuring adoption, all reviewed and recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn […]

Lenny & Lucy

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It’s hard to believe that there was once a time when full-color picture books were uncommon. It was usually an indication that the artist had somehow proved himself worthy (::cough:: Maurice Sendak) and was awarded with a full palette to use on his masterpieces (::cough:: ::cough:: Where the Wild Things Are). When you look back […]

Jacqueline Woodson, why are you so poet?


When the Cambridge Public Library announced that Brown Girl Dreaming would be this year’s Cambridge Reads book I was beyond thrilled. Now Jacqueline Woodson and I would be best friends! I’d say, Jacqueline, you are my hero, thank you for your perspective, your advocacy and for creating windows and mirrors for my students! Then she […]

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans

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I was fortunate enough to be in the crowd when the Tamaki sisters’ This One Summer was announced as a Caldecott Honor book (at the Youth Media Awards, where the Coretta Scott King, Caldecott, Newbery, etc. are announced) this past January. I remember hearing more than a few audible gasps in the theater, and with […]



I’m at home today reading and re-reading books the Magazine loved this year, in preparation for our final Fanfare meeting next week where we will determine that these, yes these, are the very best books of 2015. And without giving anything away I want to comment (again!) on just how different the young adult literature of today […]

Holiday High Notes 2015

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Have yourself a merry little read-through of 
our annual selection of new holiday books, with 
reviews written by the Horn Book staff. When Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey; 
illus. by Geneviève Godbout Primary   Tundra   32 pp. 10/15   978-1-77049-556-2   $16.99 e-book ed. 978-1-77049-558-6   $10.99 In the tradition of Agee’s Little Santa (rev. 11/13) and […]

Parrotfish Needed an Update: The Rapidly Changing Language of Transgender Awareness

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A decade ago, I wrote Parrotfish, the first young adult novel with a transgender protagonist. At the time I wrote it, most of my (middle-aged) friends didn’t understand the meaning of the word transgender. They guessed that it meant cross-dresser or drag queen, but the topic was not one that straight, mainstream Americans thought about, […]