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Anna Dewdney, 1965-2016

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We were very sad to hear about the untimely passing of Anna Dewdney, creator of the Llama Llama books. Here is her wonderful Fostering Lifelong Learners conference speech delivered in 2013 at the Cambridge Public Library in Massachusetts. “By reading with a child, you are teaching that child to be human…”

Hbook Podcast 1.27 – Spoilery Spoils

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Podcast the 27th in which Siân and Roger talk about (and engage in) “spoiling.” BGHB Awards Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium Books we talk about Laura Amy Schlitz, Hired Girl J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series Jennifer Mathieu, Afterward Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak E. Lockhart, We Were Liars Anne Nesbet, Cloud and Wallfish Louisa May […]

Board Book Roundup: Summer 2016 Edition

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This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. Here are board books to enjoy with your toddler […]

Editorial: “Unboxing”

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As we asked while putting together the book review section in this issue — as we seem to ask while putting together the book review section of every issue — what should we do when a book has a “(Mostly) True Story” in its subtitle? Where do we put it? Sometimes it’s implied, but this […]

Horn Book Magazine – September/October 2016

September/October 2016 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents Features “Orlando” by Christopher Myers “In the aftermath…there is a need for stories to contain, to comfort, to process, to prevent.” “Machetes” by Jason Reynolds From the author’s 2016 Coretta Scott King Honor Award acceptance speech for All American Boys. “How I Discovered Young Adult Poetry” by Marilyn Nelson The 2016 Zena […]

Boston-area events in September

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Connect with favorite authors and fellow book-lovers at a slew of events coming up this month. Here’s a small sampling, see our event calendar for all details and even more events. Tonight, Thursday, September 1st, Kidlit Drink Night will be taking a field trip for Josh Funk’s double book launch party. Come to Tavern in […]

New Horn Book family blog – we have a name!

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Without further ado, The Horn Book presents the name and logo of our upcoming new blog, “Family Reading: Reading to Children. Reading with Children. Children Reading.” Here Roger talks about the inspiration behind the blog and about the wonderful logo art done by illustrator and friend-of-the-Horn-Book Liza Woodruff. Family Reading will debut on September 14. […]

HBAS16 full program… and sale!

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We’ve just posted the full program for this year’s Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Out of the Box” (hey, catchy name!). Sign up before September 9 for a 20% discount. Who are you most excited to see? Here is the amazing (seriously, chills!), first-ever video announcement of the 2016 winners by Roger Sutton and Linda […]

A little light reading

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The Dolls’ House at Windsor Castle is the “largest and most famous dollhouse in the world.” Commissioned by Princess Marie Louise as a gift to Queen Mary, it became a “very British symbol of postwar rejuvenation” in the years following World War I. The dollhouse includes the 1:12 scale library from which two “Miniature Treasures […]

The Girl Who Spotted Another Title Trend

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Does your summer read have a cover Girl? I’ve noticed quite a few hit grownup books have female protagonists — and familiar-sounding titles. The Girls Who Started It All: The Girls Who Followed Their Lead:   And let’s not forget this Girl. Many of these Girls star in psychological thrillers — not to mention similar […]