Mock book awards | Class #6, 2015


During our last class, students will meet in mock award groups. I posted about this last week, but we’ve had some updates since then. We will follow the terms and criteria as outlined by the ALA/ALSC: Caldecott terms and criteria Geisel terms and criteria Sibert terns and criteria There are 5-7 students on each committee, […]

Preview May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Transformations

May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine

Special Issue: Transformations Cover art by Bob Staake. Transformers: Reflections on transforming well-known stories, from Susan Cooper, Jerry Pinkney, Malinda Lo, Donna Jo Napoli, H. Chuku Lee & Pat Cummings, Gareth Hinds, T. A. Barron, and Christine Heppermann. “Hijacking the Pumpkin Coach”: Gregory Maguire shares his storytelling inspirations. “Book and Me”: Introducing a new comics […]

Week in Review, March 23rd-27th

Week in Review

This week on… Pam Muñoz Ryan Talks with Roger March 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book: trailblazing women, Earth Day 2015, National Poetry Month, folklore from around the world, and sporting life Not on our site, but worth a read: Elizabeth Wein invokes Roger in her BoB decision Reviews of the […]

Week in Review, March 16th-20th

Week in Review

This week on… From the March/April 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: The Writer’s Page: “Ex Libris” by Meg Wolizter Poet JonArno Lawson Talks with Roger about Sidewalk Flowers Winter 2015 Board Book Roundup Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Bird & Diz by Gary Golio; illus. by Ed Young Fiction: Listen, Slowly by Thanhhà […]

Week in Review, March 9th-13th

Week in Review

This week on… We were saddened to hear of the deaths of authors Mal Peet and Sir Terry Pratchett. Tim Wynne-Jones remembers his friend Mal, a “Whimsical Alchemist.” Horn Booker Siân writes about Sir Terry’s ability to find “beauty in the absurd.”  Read Sir Terry’s 2009 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction Award acceptance speech (for […]

Remembering Terry Pratchett


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


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


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… 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 […]