Remembering Terry Pratchett

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Just two weeks ago, the nerd world lost the beloved Leonard Nimoy. Today, we’ve been served another crushing blow: Sir Terry Pratchett has died at 66 after a struggle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The fact that my Twitter feed is full of Pratchett love and lore is enough to choke me up, but that last […]

Terry Pratchett’s 2009 Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction Award Speech for Nation

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by Terry Pratchett I am sure that there are writers out there who are capable of telling the world, clearly and succinctly, why and how they wrote the books on which their names and likenesses now twinkle. These would be real writers, who keep things in filing cabinets rather than in piles. They will have […]

Mal Peet: Whimsical Alchemist

Elspeth Graham, Amanda Lewis, Mal Peet, and Tim Wynne Jones at Snapes Point, near Salcombe, Devon, March 2012. Photo credit: Janet Irwin.

Mal Peet’s first novel was published when he was fifty-six; his last this past fall, just over a decade later. A late bloomer, you might say, and what a vivid, abundant, effulgent bloom it was. Peet died of cancer on March 2, 2015. He had been diagnosed sometime around Christmas. I saw him only last […]

From the Editor – March 2015

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The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign is doing a great job of helping us (by which I mean children’s book professionals of all sorts) keep to the fore of our attention the need not just for books that articulate a multitude of experiences, but diverse creators to create them and diverse readers to read them. Two articles in […]

Week in Review, March 2nd-6th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the March/April 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Five Gay Picture-Book Prodigies and the Difference They’ve Made” by Barbara Bader Floyd Cooper Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: BirdCatDog by Lee Nordling; illus. by Meritxell Bosch Fiction: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma Nonfiction: Won […]

Week in Review, February 23rd-27th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine preview March/April 2015 editorial: “The Difference That Made Them” From the March/April issue: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson’s HBAS 2014 keynote speech “Mind the Gaps: Books for All Young Readers” Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Smick! by Doreen Cronin; illus. by Juana Medina Fiction: Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by […]

Week in Review, February 16th-20th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… “Five Questions for Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander” “In Defense of Gentle Men“: Megan Dowd Lambert on Frazee’s farmer, the Steads’ Amos, and more gentle men in children’s books Patrick Jennings Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Finding Spring by Carin Berger Fiction: Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson Nonfiction: Tomboy: […]

In Defense of Gentle Men

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Although I found much to celebrate in the aftermath of the 2015 ALA Youth Media Awards announcements, I admit that I sat licking my wounds over one favorite picture book that didn’t make the Caldecott cut: Marla Frazee’s The Farmer and the Clown. I’d given a copy to my eight-year-old daughter Caroline, and my liking […]

Week in Review, February 9th-13th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Starred reviews, March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine February Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Lucy Cousins, outside-the-box concept books, PB bios about African American music icons, intermediate historical fiction, YA about sleazy corporations Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Count with Maisy, Cheep, Cheep, Cheep! by Lucy Cousins Fiction: I Was Here […]

Starred reviews, March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine

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The following books will receive starred reviews in the March/April 2015 issue of the Horn Book Magazine: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña; illus. by Christian Robinson (Putnam) Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman; illus. by Zachariah OHora (Little, Brown) Meet the Dullards by Sara Pennypacker; illus. by Daniel Salmieri (Balzer […]