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Colleagues and Co-Conspirators

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by Steven Kellogg For the past fifteen years I have regularly interspersed the time I spend sequestered in my Connecticut studio writing and illustrating picture books with journeys back and forth across the country to present programs in schools, libraries, and other settings where people interested in children and their literature congregate. During that time […]

HBook Podcast 1.12 – Special Guest Educator

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Podcast the sixth in which Siân and early education teacher Meg Lederhos (who also happens to be Siân’s coworker at The Bar) talk about content, curriculum, and diversity (or lack thereof) in books for the classroom. Books we talk about Robert McCloskey, Make Way for Ducklings Aaron Becker, Journey Shana Corey, The Secret Subway Hervé Tullet, […]

2016 Summer Reading Recommendations

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Many years ago I worked at a summer reading club with particularly odorous prizes. I use the adjective advisedly. The club was sponsored by McDonald’s, and the rules were simple: read seven books, give a brief oral report on each, and get a hamburger. Kids worked out pretty soon that thirty-five books meant five hamburgers, […]

♫ Summer readin’ had me a blast…♫

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This is the time of year when I get “Summer Nights” stuck in my head for weeks. We’ve been working on our annual summer reading recommendations, and how can you not sing “summer reading” to that catchy tune? (shoo bop bop, shoo bop bop, yeah!) Tell you more, you say? We’ve picked our top ten […]

Trending: cults in YA

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Lately the YA sci-fi/fantasy market has been dominated by Strong Female Protagonists who take down corrupt regimes or lead groups of survivors in the post-apocalypse. Meanwhile, Strong Female Protagonists in realism have been dealing with more day-to-day issues: boyfriends, girlfriends, dead parents, mental illness, etc. These young ladies, while being emotionally courageous, have not been […]

Five questions for Mordicai Gerstein

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Ancient Greece wasn’t always so ancient, and sometimes gods just wanna have fun. Using cartoon panels, child-friendly dialogue, and copious humor, Mordicai Gerstein’s I Am Pan! (Roaring Brook, 4–8 years) gives us a first-person, picture-book Pan whose big personality can’t be contained: “Arcadia, here I come!” 1. Your appended bibliography is pretty dense stuff! How […]

Mock award results | Class #6, 2016

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The children’s lit class met for the last time last night and we held six (6!) mock book award deliberations. Each student chose which award they wanted to judge and had free reign to nominate any eligible book. I’m pretty sure every last one of them also brought snacks to fuel their discussions. You can […]

Mother: Treat Her Right 2016

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What’s better than hearing Mr. T extol the virtues of mothers? (that would be: nothing) You know who else loved their mothers? Abraham Lincoln (“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother”) and John Quincy Adams (“All that I am, my mother made me”), among others, whose pithy remarks […]

It IS raining in Boston this week!

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Some of Roger’s smallest fans send him a thank-you.

Editorial: &

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Last fall Horn Book editor Roger Sutton interviewed wife-and-husband picture-book creators Erin E. Stead & Philip C. Stead for our Publishers’ Previews advertising section. Here’s one part of their exchange: Roger: I’ve always maintained that there’s a significant difference between “and” and “&.” Erin & Philip: Now that you mention it, there is something about […]