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Week in Review, July 31st – August 4th

This week on hbook.com… Preview the September/October 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine September/October starred reviews For our BGHB at 50 celebration: Five questions for 2016 BGHB Committee Chair Joanna Rudge Long Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Bulldozer Helps Out by Candace Fleming; illus. by Eric Rohmann Fiction: The Emperor’s Ostrich by Julie Berry Nonfiction: […]

Always something there to remind me

Here is the sole note I took during last weekend’s “(im)possible dreams,” Simmons College’s Summer Institute, but for the life of me I cannot recall what it was intended to recall. Any ideas? Candy? Neal? Luckily, Shoshana was also there and can give you a fuller account. And I will take this opportunity to remind […]

POW! A knock-out punch!

Last week’s blog rant post from the Horn Book’s usually level-headed if sleep-deprived executive editor called out picture book reviewers for making ridiculous promises in their reviews of bedtime books. You know, stuff like: “This gentle read-aloud will calm young listeners and lull them to sleep.” Elissa wasn’t having it. “Do these books’ powers of […]

Preview September/October 2017 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art from The Adventures of Sparrowboy by Brian Pinkney. Editorial by Martha V. Parravano in remembrance of Robin Smith. “To Inform and Delight: The Elements of Story.” Melissa Sweet’s 2017 Zena Sutherland Lecture. BGHB at 50: Carole Boston Weatherford looks back at the 1997 Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book winner The Adventures of Sparrowboy […]

Horn Book Magazine September/October 2017 starred books

The following books will received starred reviews in the September/October 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine:   When’s My Birthday?; by Julie Fogliano; illustrated by Christian Robinson (Porter/Roaring Brook) Home in the Rain; written and illustrated by Bob Graham (Candlewick) Red Again; written and illustrated by Barbara Lehman (Houghton) A Different Pond; by Bao Phi; illustrated by Thi Bui (Capstone) […]

2017 Simmons Summer Institute: (im)possible dreams

This past weekend was the biannual Summer Children’s Literature Institute at Simmons College, this year titled (im)possible dreams. The Institute began Thursday evening with a conversation between journalist Callie Crossley of WGBH and artist Ekua Holmes. Ekua created the event’s logo as well as the art in the Trustman Gallery’s July exhibit (and, of course, […]

Oh boy

I call bullshit on Daniel Handler’s Sunday New York Times essay about the need of teenaged boys for dirty books. Of course, yes, kids read for the dirty parts, girls as well as boys. And you could make an argument, and I don’t understand why Handler didn’t, that the prurient interests of girls are better […]

Week in Review, July 24th-28th

This week on hbook.com… For our BGHB at 50 celebration: Sherman Alexie’s 2008 BGHB Fiction Award speech for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Now by Antoinette Portis Fiction: Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali Nonfiction: Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee! by Andrea J. Loney; illus. […]

And the world will be better for this

I hope I see some of you this weekend at Simmons’ Summer Children’s Literature Institute, (im)possible dreams. I had the coffee the other day with BPL children’s services manager Farouqua Abuzeit, and she reminded me she had been a student in a Simmons Institute I led almost thirty years ago, Masquerade. That was my introduction […]

Resources for and about transgender people and allies

Here are links to resources for and about transgender people and allies from The Horn Book and around the web. #protecttranskids #protecttranstroops #readwriteresist Save