The 2014 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

Bo at Ballard Creek

The 2014 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Kirkpatrick Hill for Bo at Ballard  Creek, illustrated by LeUyen Pham; published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, a division of the Macmillan Children’s Book Group. Like Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods, Bo at Ballard Creek takes its young heroine […]

We’re moving!


As of the beginning of April, the editorial office of the Horn Book and all its resident oompa-loompas will be moving to 300 The Fenway, Boston MA, 02115. Sharp-eyed readers will recognize the address as also being that of Simmons College, and we are delighted to be renting an office suite just down the hall […]

Horn Book Week in Review, January 13th-17th

Week in Review

This week on… Calling Caldecott’s Mock Caldecott 2014 voting has begun — take a look at the voting schedule, first ballot listing, and explanation of the tallying procedure, then vote! From the January/February 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “From the Guide: Picture Book Builders“ Review of the Week: The Midnight Dress by […]

Horn Book Week in Review, January 6th-10th

Week in Review

This week on… From the January/February 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Anita Burkam asks “What Makes a Good Horse Book?” Teacher and author Monica Edinger calls for a more nuanced depiction of Africa in books for children. January’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book features Newbery/Caldecott award predictions, picture books with […]

January children’s lit events in Boston


It’s a little quiet on the events front this month as everyone recuperates from the hectic holidays — and tries to stay warm! Still, there are plenty of upcoming author appearances (and opportunities to workshop that manuscript you resolved to finish). Be sure to check our calendar for more information. Tonight, Wednesday, January 8th, at […]

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 […]

One question for eight people: the Newbery/Caldecott edition of Five Questions


We’ve asked people in-the-know for their 2014 Newbery and/or Caldecott awards predictions — what do you think will win? Or what do you hope will win? Martha Parravano, executive editor, The Horn Book, coauthor, Calling Caldecott blog: I’m predictably terrible at predicting award winners. My choice almost never wins, and when it does, it’s a […]

In which we check in with current Caldecott committee member Travis Jonker

travis photo

Time for a reality check, everybody! Robin, Lolly, and I have been immersed in our mock Caldecott world, but in fact there is an actual 2014 Caldecott committee out there ;), feverishly preparing for their closed-door marathon sessions at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia, which begins on January 24. Travis Jonker – Michigan elementary-school librarian; author of the 100 Scope […]

2013 BGHB Videos


The 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award ceremony has been divided into thirteen YouTube video segments. Cathryn Mercier opens the 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards ceremony (2:53): Roger Sutton welcomes attendees (4:50): Jesse Klausmeier accepts an Honor Book Award for Open This Little Book (6:45): Editor Victoria Rock for Open This Little Book illustrator Suzy Lee […]

Photos from 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and Horn Book at Simmons

Roger and the Boston Globe-Horn Book hardware. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

Pictures from the 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and Horn Book at Simmons. For more about the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, click here.