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Surprise! A Podcast! – Special Guest Alexandra Bracken

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Hey, look! Here’s a podcast! Siân chats with author Alexandra Bracken about living in Arizona, her new book (Wayfarer), Mo Willems’s man bun, and Star Wars. We chatted in a hotel lobby so there’s a few background noises. Only a few of said noises are very noisy. Alex’s links: Website Twitter Instagram Recap Authors we talk […]

Week in Review, January 2nd-6th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… January/February 2017 Horn Book Magazine Table of Contents and Editorial: “She’s With Us” January 2017: Making a Difference Remembering Judith Ortiz Cofer and Marilyn Sachs Wise words from the 2016 BGHB winners: all winners’ and honorees’ acceptance speeches, plus M. T. Anderson’s HBAS keynote “Outside the Box” Boston-area events for January […]

Miracle Man

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Truth be told, I almost always avoid standard religious children’s books, as I find the majority of them trite, preachy, or overly sentimental. A picture book about Jesus could easily fall into one of these categories; could be a sentimental, moralistic depiction with a didactic message. But in the hands of author-illustrator John Hendrix, the story of Jesus feels simultaneously […]

Judith Ortiz Cofer and Marilyn Sachs

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We were sad to hear about the deaths, just before the New Year, of Judith Ortiz Cofer (1952-2016) and Marilyn Sachs (1927-2016), two of children’s literature’s Great Ladies. Cofer’s 1995 linked short story collection An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio was a touchstone work in children’s books: “A milestone in multicultural publishing for […]

The Blob (of Books) That Ate Atlanta

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I had a delightful holiday, thank you very much. There was a small blemish on my weeks off, though. In between the gift exchanges and deciding What In The World Should We Watch On Netflix, there was that little voice sounding in the back of my brain. The voice said, “Martha is going to want […]

My cup runneth over

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I hope everyone had a nice and peaceful break. I mean, I hope everyone had a break of one kind or another but nice and peaceful is what I look for these days. We were in Ptown in a nice and peaceful house, right across from the beach. But while it had seven televisions, there was […]

Boston-area events for January

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Celebrate a new year of great reads with authors and fellow book-lovers at many events coming up this month! Here’s a small sampling of what January holds; see our event calendar for all details and even more events. The movie adaptation of Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls opens on Friday, January 6th. YA author and […]

Marta! Big and Small

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The most important lesson I’ve learned from reading picture books is that little books can hold big ideas. This book, which introduces us to an adorable, “ordinary” girl named Marta, isn’t just a cute bilingual book about opposites. Each double-page spread features Marta and an animal on a clean white background, with few surrounding details. […]

On Naomi Shihab Nye’s “Delicious rhythms” (from March 1997)

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Happy New Year! The first morning back to school after winter break was a hard one in our house. No one, including the grownups, wanted to get out of bed, accustomed as we’ve all been to staying up late and sleeping in. Day two (today) was worse. I don’t like making New Year’s resolutions, but […]

People making a difference

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During the month of January, we’ll be celebrating people who have Made a Difference through their good work. Each day, we’ll highlight a book about someone who has effected positive change, with a roundup on Fridays. Follow the hashtag #HBMaDJan17 @HornBook and Facebook.com/TheHornBook. Today we’ll start with Fannie Lou Hamer. In the book Voice of […]