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The Sound of Silence


This may be an odd thing to say about a book about the search for peace and quiet, but I’m hoping The Sound of Silence makes a lot of noise around Caldecott season. When people ask me for a 2016 book recommendation, I invariably bring up Katrina Goldsaito and Julia Kuo’s story, which I always […]

BGHB/HBAS 2016 love

Photo: Josh Reynolds

We had a fantastic time at Friday’s emotional Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony (we laughed, we cried, we admired Yuyi Morales‘s killer style and kidney-donating selflessness) and Saturday’s thought-provoking Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Out of the Box” (we laughed, we drank champagne, we made box puns). All this week we’ll be posting pictures, timelines, […]

On Crescent Dragonwagon’s “Over and Over”

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Published on our website in 2012 as part of The Horn Book’s celebration of Picture Book Month, Over and Over is Crescent Dragonwagon’s achingly beautiful tribute to her mother, legendary children’s book editor and author, Charlotte Zolotow. When Crescent wrote this piece, Charlotte was ninety-seven and in failing health; her mother’s picture book Over and […]

Hbook Podcast 1.31 – Library Censorship, Intellectual Freedom, and VOYA


Podcast the 31st in which Siân and Roger talk about, well, the title: library censorship, intellectual freedom, and VOYA. Also Christian romances. Books we talk about Kody Keplinger, Run Selene Castrovilla, Melt Stephanie Kuehn, The Smaller Evil Simon Mason, Running Girl Ruth Alexander, Changing Bodies, Changing Lives Kate Breslin, For Such a Time Nathan Aldyne, […]

Preview November/December 2016 Horn Book Magazine

November/December 2016 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art by Elisa Vavouri from A Hanukkah with Mazel by Joel Edward Stein. Foreign Correspondence: Summer Edward interviews Deborah Ahenkorah, cofounder and executive director of Golden Baobab. “Decolonizing Nostalgia”: Sarah Hannah Gómez looks at how historical fiction can betray readers of color. “Saving Sisters”: author Jeannine Atkins examines themes of sisterhood in Little Women, […]

2016 BGHB Week Roundup

bghb 2016 congrats

This week we’ve been celebrating our 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award recipients in preparation for the upcoming awards ceremony and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. Here’s a cheat sheet to all of our web extras on this year’s winners and honorees, as well as BGHB trivia and other fun! 2016 BGHB Award press release and […]

This Is Not a Picture Book!


Words and pictures. Pictures and words. What makes a book a book, at least in the mind of a young child? Ask any little kid and they will not hesitate to tell you that it’s the pictures. Anyone who has read this blog for more than a year knows that I agree with my young […]

More on the 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

Roger Sutton, Candace Fleming, and a paparazzo, Kitty Flynn. Photo: Aram Boghosian.

Five questions for 2016 BGHB Committee Chair Joanna Rudge Long Horn Book Podcast: BGHB Awards Video announcement of the winners, with Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry (it’s amazing — it makes us tear up) And just for fun… BGHB trivia My Favorite BGHB Winner: HB reviewers’ best-loved BGHB-winning books BGHB crossword puzzle by 2011 […]

2016 BGHB Fiction Day


It’s BGHB Week! Today we’re honoring our 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction Award winners. Read reviews of all of the 2016 fiction winners here; see below for more web extras to celebrate them. Join us on September 30-October 1, 2016, for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards ceremony and the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Out […]

The Cat in the Hat on a Bus with Us


On the bus home yesterday, a young father and toddler son sat down next to me, and the dad asked the boy if he wanted to read a book. I’ve seen these two before, always reading; in fact, a few weeks ago I handed Dad a Horn Book, suggesting it as a source for finding […]