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Week in Review, May 1st-5th

This week on hbook.com… We’re on Instagram! Follow @thehornbook for featured Magazine articles, sneak peeks at upcoming issues, “Reviews of the Week” roundups, highlights from the Guide, office high jinks, and much more. Check out our beautiful new Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards microsite! This week’s BGHB feature: Elizabeth Partridge’s reminiscence of The True Confessions of […]

Cinco de Mayo 2017

It’s Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate with this updated list of books starring the holiday itself, Mexican and Mexican American protagonists, and the Spanish language. All were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide at the time of their publication; reviews are reprinted from The Horn Book Guide Online. Grade levels are only suggestions; the […]

Happy Star Wars Day!

Over at our newly de-carbonited Instagram account, Guide editor and Star Wars fan Cindy suggests celebrating with an out-of-this-world book: “Use the power of the #hbguide and the #hbguideonline to find #starwars books for young padawans across the galaxy.” Pictured, reviewed in recent and forthcoming issues of The Horn Book Guide: Tales from a Galaxy […]

“Does photographic illustration get its due?”

It’s the off-season, folks! So this HUGE question will not be addressed here and now. (Sorry for the bait-and-switch.) However, I wanted to draw your attention to the fact that, over on 100 Scope Notes, Travis Jonker is on the case. Last week he showcased a bunch of new fiction picture books whose medium is […]

“Both boys were absolutely silent, satiated with a great story.”

Yesterday Elissa posted Elizabeth Partridge’s reminiscence about reading Avi’s 1991 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction winner, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, to her boys. As this post’s title suggests, her anecdote shuts down anyone who might question whether or not boys can enjoy books starring girls (including Elizabeth’s own sons: “‘What?’ My ten-year-old shot straight […]

I’m not kidding.

So the May/June special issue of the Horn Book has only been out for two days and we’ve already had two people (that I know of) cancel their subscriptions because of the lack of respect shown in that issue to our president and, by extension, those who voted him in. Of course I’m sorry to […]

Laughter and Resistance: Humor as a Weapon in the Age of Trump

We could all use a laugh right now, especially children. As the Southern Poverty Law Center’s November 2016 report “The Trump Effect: The Impact of the Nation’s Presidential Campaign on Our Schools” has documented, the candidacy (and now presidency) of Donald Trump has resulted in a sharp rise in bullying at school — harassment of […]

HB + Insta = ♥

We have bad news and good news for fans of @hbpodcast, the Horn Book Podcast Instagram account helmed by podcast host and Horn Book Guide assistant editor Siân Gaetano: With Siân leaving the Horn Book — sob! — in a few weeks, she is shifting that account into a personal one, renamed @kidlitchick (just like […]

Horn Book Magazine — May/June 2017: Special Issue: Humor

Table of Contents Features “Say Something Funny” by Lisa Yee Musings of an accidental humorist. “What’s So Funny About Comics?” by Françoise Mouly The New Yorker art editor and TOON publisher argues that humor is fundamental to comics.  “Laughter and Resistance” by Philip Nel Humor as a weapon in the age of Trump. “Mocking Moscow” […]

Editorial: The Little Old Lady from Boston Meets Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang

What can I say? When we were planning our annual special issue and decided on the topic of humor, it was last summer, and everyone was feeling very optimistic. Now I suppose we can only hope, as the old saying goes (and as Lisa Yee reminds us), that comedy is tragedy plus time, as I […]