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Hbook Podcast 2.8 – Special Guest Ekua Holmes

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Siân chats with artist and illustrator Ekua Holmes about sparc! The Artmobile, art in the community, and her newly illustrated work, Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth. Other books we talk about Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford Links […]

Earth Day 2017

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Earth Day and the March for Science are tomorrow! The campaign focus for Earth Day 2017 is “Environmental and Climate Literacy.” In keeping with that theme, the books below celebrate our precious planet, educate about the crises it faces, and offer age-appropriate models for environmental activism. The list includes both fiction and nonfiction titles for […]

Week in Review, April 17th-21st

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Check our our beautiful new Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards microsite! And if you’re at TxLA this weekend, run, don’t walk, to booth #2909 for a chance to win a trip to the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards/Horn Book at Simmons weekend! From the May/June 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special […]

“Say Something Funny”

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I went on a date in high school once where I barely knew the guy. In those dinosaur days you couldn’t Google someone, so instead I asked everyone what they knew about this person. Apparently, he did the same. Over dinner my date said, “Everyone says you’re funny. Say something funny.” “I don’t know any […]

On the Radar

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Herewith a few tantalizing covers for anyone who is looking forward with anticipation to this year’s Caldecott crop — I know these illustrators’ names are on all your radars…     The cover of the Julie Fogliano/Christian Robinson book draws us in with its unusual shape and the childlike simplicity of its type and image; the […]

Please come to Boston in the fall

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If you are at TLA, stop by the Horn Book booth and promise us your unborn children give us your email address to enter a pretty fabulous raffle we have going for attendees. The winner will get airfare, two nights hotel, and free admission to the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards ceremony and Horn Book […]

Diversifying Barbie & Mortal Kombat: 20 Years Later Celebration at MIT

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On April 6, the Women’s & Gender Studies and Comparative Media Studies departments at MIT sponsored the daylong conference “Diversifying Barbie & Mortal Kombat: 20 Years Later Celebration” — spearheaded by the amazing and indefatigable Dr. Kishonna L. Gray and with “opening reflections” by Dr. T.L. Taylor — to explore race, gender, sexuality, representation, and […]

Don’t Read These Books to Your Children! (Without a Heck of a Lot of Context)

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Talking to kids about race can be intimidating for parents—particularly for white parents in the U.S., who tend to delay the conversation almost ten years after black and Latino families broach the subject. But white parents need to talk to their kids about race: it’s one of those necessary evils involved in raising kids who […]

Hbook Podcast 2.7 – A Conversation with Lolly Robinson and Maung Nyeu

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Something a little different today! Creative Director Lolly Robinson chats with Maung Nyeu about his project, Our Golden Hour, and picture books in translation. Links! https://ourgoldenhour.org/ http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/2016/0121/Maung-Nyeu-is-helping-his-people-put-their-language-and-stories-on-record http://southasiainstitute.harvard.edu/2015/06/saving-a-culture-book-by-book/ http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/06/130628-endangered-languages-scripts-bangladesh-indigenous-cultures-world/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03ttrpb

Week in Review, April 10th-14th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Remembering Patricia C. McKissack April’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for David Elliott on Bull, more YA retellings, picture books about small acts of kindness, eco-conscious primary books, and middle-grade novels about friendships between kids and animals Peter H. Reynolds video Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: […]