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I Can Cook Too

No sooner did I leave New York last week when I was off to Columbus for two days of meetings with my  fellow Mediasource Inc. editors (Rebecca Miller of SLJ/LJ and Susan Marston of JLG) and all the top brass, including what seem to be the zillion new vice-presidents (five, actually). It’s very helpful to do this […]

Week in Review, June 5th-9th

This week on hbook.com… Calling Caldecott: “Dear Robin”: Martha Parravano’s loving words for the inimitable Robin: “Calling Caldecott = Robin Smith” The 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards winners were announced on Wednesday, May 31st, at Day of Dialog! Watch video of the announcement, see the press release, and read our reviews of the winners, then […]

Loving Day Cambridge 2017

The city of Cambridge, MA, is hosting a celebration this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark civil rights case that struck down anti-miscegenation laws and legalized interracial marriage (yes, that happened only fifty years ago!). Follow this link for the calendar of free events — including a special kid-friendly […]

Pretty, pretty 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards poster

Lolly has added the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners to the 50th Anniversary Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards poster. Download your print-ready copy today! You can also pick one up at ALA, along with a poster version of 2017 Caldecott Medalist Javaka Steptoe’s new Horn Book Magazine cover (right) and your own copy of the July/August […]

Confessions of a (Failed) Battle of the Books Coach

Dear Reader, I have a confession to make: I am a failed Battle of the Books coach. And I am in need of your help. It started out with good intentions, as many things do. In the empty days that follow the end of the school year, when our minds and sleeping schedules were still […]

Fashion-Forward Vampires and the Power of Humor in Genre Fiction

Mostly, my social interactions start out something like this: Them: Oh hello, what is it you do? Self: I’m a writer. Them: That’s cool, what do you write? Self: Commercial genre fiction. You know, science fiction, fantasy, romance, young adult. *Pause.* Self: It’s mostly funny. So. Hello. My name is Gail Carriger. I’m an author. […]

CBB Trivia Night 2017—or—The answer is always “Ashley Bryan”

Okay, maybe the answer isn’t always “Ashley Bryan.” “Ashley Bryan” isn’t Bod’s last name in The Graveyard Book, or Ramona Quimby’s middle name. But just because the accomplished Mr. Bryan was an answer last year doesn’t mean he can’t be one — or two — this year. After all, there’s plenty to know about him. […]

New York Time…

… which happens to be the title of Richard Peck’s 1981 novel for adults, providing me a great opportunity to bridge two worlds when that Richard and my Richard and I were having dinner before seeing A Doll’s House, Part Two last Saturday night. We could all talk about real estate, which we did, as well […]

Dear Robin

Dear Robin: It’s time. Despite your grace and courage in facing the coming reality, I’m not ready, will never be ready. But it’s time to say what needs to be said. I want to thank you for so many things. For me, personally and professionally, you have been a role model, a compass, and an opener of doors. […]

Preview July/August 2017 Horn Book Magazine

Special Issue: ALA Awards Stunning original cover art by 2017 Caldecott Medal winner Javaka Steptoe. “The Year in Pictures” and “The Year in Words”: critics Minh Lê and Jonathan Hunt discuss the books of 2016. Rudine Sims Bishop’s Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award Acceptance speech. The Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s Diversity Statistics: a conversation between […]