Notes from the Horn Book

April Notes on the way

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Vampires, werepeople, and yetis — oh my! In this month’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter, I get to ask Cynthia Leitich Smith five questions about her (ahem) tantalizing new series Feral, a spin-off to her Tantalize quartet. Other goodies in this issue: • more YA fantasy sequels • picture books about the big city […]

From the Editor – April 2014

We’re in our new home on the grounds of Simmons College, and I must say what a pleasure it is to be surrounded by children’s book–friendly folk and good lunch places. I’m especially happy to strengthen our partnership with Simmons’s Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. On May 14th, on the Simmons campus, the […]

March Notes

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March Notes is here! This month, look for five questions for queen of collage Lois Ehlert, plus • picture book biographies about trailblazers • preschool books about vehicles • chapter books starring spirited heroines • YA novels about boys on the edge Enjoy! Read the issue online here, or subscribe to receive both the monthly Notes from the […]

From the Editor – March 2014

Make sure you take a virtual wander down the hall to the Horn Book’s newest blog, Lolly’s Classroom. Created and run by Lolly Robinson, the Horn Book production manager and designer and a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Lolly’s Classroom is a place for teachers to meet and discuss strategies and lesson […]

From the Editor – February 2014

As we celebrate Black History Month, it’s wise to remember Dick Gregory’s quip: “Wouldn’t you know that when they got around to giving us a month, it would be the month of February, with all them days missing?” While a Month, or a Week, or a Day can serve to focus attention on something too […]

From the Editor – January 2014

Roger Sutton

The Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott and School Library Journal’s Heavy Medal are busily winding up their coverage of the 2013 Caldecott and Newbery contenders, easily the most-discussed book prizes in the country: take a bow, ALSC! If they are at all like me, those bloggers are also nervously worrying about completely missing the mark, that […]

Books mentioned in the December 2013 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Picture Books Building Our House by Jonathan Bean, Farrar, 5–8 years. Journey by Aaron Becker, Candlewick, 5–8 years. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown, Little, Brown, 3–7 years. Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? written by Eve Bunting, illus. by Sergio Ruzzier, Clarion, 3–7 years. Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle, Chronicle, […]

From the Editor – November 2013

Roger Sutton

I guess it’s time to start buying presents! Some years ago, I opined in the Horn Book Magazine that the best kind of book to give came in the form of a gift certificate, but then-publisher Anne Quirk accused me of wimping out. So all right then: just from the above, I’d recommend Little Santa […]

From the Editor – October 2013

Roger Sutton

I’d probably get in trouble with the ALA for this today, but back when I was a children’s librarian in the last century we limited Halloween-book checkouts to three per customer. There simply were never enough to go around, and I’m talking in November. Or December. Or Januar—you see where this is going. So please […]

From the Editor – September 2013

Roger Sutton

Come October 4th and 5th, I hope you will join us at the annual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards and the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. The theme of this year’s HBAS is “Building Character,” and I invite you to join with the BGHB winners, Simmons faculty, and Horn Book staff in a day-long exploration of […]