Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads

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As I sit here typing, I am staring at a poster for last year’s Caldecott winner, Brian Floca’s Locomotive. Would the committee that honored that wonderful book have given the time of day to the utter silliness that is Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads? Of course, I have no idea. Anyway: new year, new […]

Which All-of-a-Kind Family sibling are YOU?

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Are you the type to gobble up your penny candy or savor it in tiny bites? Can you imagine a world where candy costs a penny? These and other important questions have been on our minds lately at The Horn Book, the Association of Jewish Libraries, and Lizzie Skurnick Books. It all started when Elissa […]

Thinking about school as a privilege

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As our year in second grade began last fall, my students and I spent some time thinking about why we go to school. In our first few weeks together, I tried to help my students understand that going to school is a privilege that has not always been (and is still not) available to everyone. […]

The Right Word

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While we took a short break over the holidays, you can bet that the members of the Real Caldecott Committee did not. Neither sleet nor dark of night nor even New Year’s or Festivus celebrations can deter committee members from their responsibilities. And now it’s January. Less than one month to go until…Deliberation Weekend! followed by…Announcement Monday! So […]

New year, new leaf

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The new year gives me a chance to turn over a new leaf (like this one, created for our January 2007 cover by Lois Ehlert) and get back to a more regular schedule with this blog. We have several posts ready to share with you, some of which have been waiting in the wings for […]

2014 in review

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Happy New Year! We hope your 2015 is full of great books (and good book discussion!). Before we ring in 2015, though, let’s take a look back at 2014 — we had a very busy year! Comment and let us know the bookish highlights of your year. ALA 2014 BGHB 2014 Blogs Read Roger Lolly’s […]

Editorial: Why #WNDB

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In this issue you’ll find “Fanfare,” The Horn Book’s selections for the best children’s and young adult books of last year. I’m happy to see so much variety among them, from a picture book about a bus driver to another about a haunted dog to a historical novel about Baba Yaga to a contemporary novel […]

Horn Book Magazine – January/February 2015

January/February 2015 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents Features Horn Book Fanfare Our choices for the best books of 2014. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Gallery 2014 Celebrating the year’s winners and honor books. Columns Editorial “Why #WNDB” by Roger Sutton “We Need Diverse Books” is more than just a hashtag. A Second Look “The Planet of Junior Brown” by Barbara […]

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

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It’s Boxing Day, friends. Time to talk about a sweet gift of a book. Because I know many of you are sneaking a peak at your phones and computers in between holiday cleanup, entertaining relatives, and furtive trips to the mall, I will make it a quick review. Beekle is an extremely adorable imaginary friend […]

More golden

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I’ve talked before about what a (surprisingly) rich year it’s been for picture books. As have others. It’s also been another strong year for graphic novels (viz. Sisters and El Deafo and This One Summer and more) — an art form that, based on the definition of the picture book in the criteria, is arguably eligible for Caldecott consideration: “1. A […]