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Week in Review, February 6th – 10th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… March/April Horn Book Magazine starred reviews February’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: 5Q for 2017 Wilder Award winner Nikki Grimes, middle-school books on the U.S.’s history of institutionalized racism, preschool apps featuring animal friends, picture books about children’s experiences as refugees, YA protagonists taking action against authoritarian societies Black History […]

Black History Month, Week 2

The Horn Book celebrates Black History Month

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: Andrea Davis Pinkney’s 2013 CSK Author Award acceptance speech […]

Fascinating: 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour

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The Sydney Taylor Book Award 2017 Blog Tour features interviews with gold and silver medalists. Visit jewishlibraries.org for the full schedule of blog tour stops and follow the Association of Jewish Library’s blog. Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy is a warm, personal picture-book biography written by the late actor/photographer’s close friend and gallerist Richard […]

Life lessons in “best friend” easy readers

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As a Pre-K teacher, I want to help my students learn to socialize and make friends. Inevitably, children often pair off and become best friends as the year progresses. These relationships involve playing and experiencing great joy together. But best friends can also fight, argue, annoy, and experience sadness. I want to help children in […]

Coretta Scott King booklist and links

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Maybe you’ve heard: Coretta Scott King is in the news. Last night, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (#LetLizSpeak) was repuked (spelling error; we mean rebuked) for reading aloud a letter Mrs. King wrote in 1986 to the U.S. Judiciary Committee opposing Jefferson Beauregard Sessions’s nomination for a federal judgeship. “Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power […]

From the 2017 Caldecott committee

The 2017 Caldecott committee

Two weeks ago, as chair of the 2017 Caldecott committee, I had the honor of making phone calls to five individuals — and making a little magic happen in their lives. I know that the magic, enchantment, and adrenaline rush that was the experience of the 2017 Caldecott committee is still going on. When I look at photos (and […]

Reading Race and Power in Fantasy

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When my daughter was three or four, we would play a computer game together where she would have to choose an avatar to represent herself. To the game’s credit, there were at least twelve options for girls, with all different skin colors and hair colors and styles. Inevitably, my very pale daughter would select a […]

Beyond the world we know | class #4, spring 2017

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This week’s topic is “Beyond the world we know” — a category that encompasses an extensive range of books, from magical realism to science fiction to the far away places of other worlds. Jane Langton’s classic piece on fantasy from the 1973 Horn Book, “The Weak Place in the Cloth” provides an apt and lovely […]

March/April starred reviews, Horn Book Magazine

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The following books will receive starred reviews in the March/April issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Big Cat, Little Cat; written and illustrated by Elisha Cooper (Roaring Brook). Short Stories for Little Monsters; written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay (Groundwood). When We Were Alone; by David A. Robertson; illus. by Julie Flett (Highwater Press). The […]

Five questions for Nikki Grimes

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Last month at ALA Midwinter, Nikki Grimes was announced as winner of the 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her “substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children,” the latest honor in a long career that spans poetry, chapter books, picture books, novels, and more (she’s also a photographer, performer, and textile and jewelry artist!). […]