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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

Booklists and Awards for Family Reading

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Looking for some great books for your own kids or children you know? Check out a selection of award-winners and themed booklists from The Horn Book for children of various ages. The Horn Book’s Fanfare lists: Our choices for the best books of the year. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners. One of the most prestigious […]

Week in Review, February 13th – 17th

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This week on hbook.com… Black History Month, Week 3 Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: North, South, East, West by Margaret Wise Brown; illus. by Greg Pizzoli Fiction: Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail Nonfiction: Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhood by […]

Black History Month, Week 3

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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: “Mind the Gaps: Books for ALL Young Readers” by […]

Fantasizing?

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Then join Children’s Books Boston on February 23rd as Our Martha leads a conversation with Kristin Cashore and Tui Sutherland about just what’s going on in those big books today. Maybe they will talk about The Naming. Info at this link.           Save

Pictures and visual literacy | class #5, spring 2017

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The next adolescent lit class (February 28, 2017) focuses on visual literacy: pictures in young adult literature, in works of both fiction and nonfiction. The prompts below address the role of these books in the classroom; you might also respond to the interplay of text and pictures (or wordlessness), or to whatever engages you most […]

“Leave the books on the bed”: Shaping a child’s social conscience

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“Maybe you can help me,” a teacher called from our school library’s biography section. “I need books about…protest, I guess.” Her son’s middle school class was debating NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem, as a protest against the oppression of people of color. At first her son defended Kaepernick, but […]

All a-Twitter 2017

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Happy Valentine’s Day! What might characters of children’s and YA lit tweet to their valentines? We’ve got some ideas! See if you can guess who’s tweeting to whom — and feel free to add your own sweet kidlit tweets in the comments. @ALAYMA17: Who needs February? @March is where it’s at. @Icky: @Ooky iz unk […]

Snow day reading

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Most of New England has been buried in snow over the past few days, and many schools and workplaces are closed today. It’s a perfect excuse to cuddle up on the couch with a hot drink and a good book. Here are some suggestions for chilly reads to warm the heart — and help keep kids […]

On Vaunda Micheaux Nelson’s “Mind the Gaps: Books for ALL Young Readers” (from 2015)

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In her article from the March/April 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson looks back at her bookish childhood and how it informs her work as a youth services librarian in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. African Americans are just three percent of that city’s population — “so even fewer black teenagers […]