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From the Editor – June 2017

Kwame Alexander was kind enough to join me in announcing the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards in New York on May 31st. And I hope you will join us for the BGHB Awards ceremony and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium on October 6th and 7th in Boston. Our theme this year is “Resistance: Children’s Books […]

2017 Summer Reading Recommendations

“Summer readin’ / had me a blast…” By now you should know that The Horn Book’s philosophy regarding summer reading is just do it, but the it is wide open to interpretation. Summer reading should not be a way to trick kids into doing school. Sure, reading can be learning (and oftentimes it is, even […]

Hbook Podcast 2.10 – Series Wrap on Siân

It’s Siân‘s last week at Horn Book! 😢 Roger and Siân mainly ramble in this episode. There was no plan. You can tell. 🙂 They talk about Siân’s new gig with Shelf Awareness, electronic books, the future of publishing, and they display an amazing lack of knowledge on how to protect the environment. While this […]

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 […]

Hbook Podcast 2.9 – Special Guest LeUyen Pham

Siân chats with LeUyen Pham about illustrating (and also authoring) 90 books, a history of animation, and getting lost in the jungle. People we talk about Dan Santat Molly Idle Marla Frazee Kevin Lewis Mo Willems Books we talk about Can You Do This, Old Badger? by Eve Bunting Vampirina at the Beach by Anne […]

Hbook Podcast 2.8 – Special Guest Ekua Holmes

Siân chats with artist and illustrator Ekua Holmes about sparc! The Artmobile, art in the community, and her newly illustrated work, Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth. Other books we talk about Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford Links […]

Hbook Podcast 2.7 – A Conversation with Lolly Robinson and Maung Nyeu

Something a little different today! Creative Director Lolly Robinson chats with Maung Nyeu about his project, Our Golden Hour, and picture books in translation. Links! https://ourgoldenhour.org/ http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/2016/0121/Maung-Nyeu-is-helping-his-people-put-their-language-and-stories-on-record http://southasiainstitute.harvard.edu/2015/06/saving-a-culture-book-by-book/ http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/06/130628-endangered-languages-scripts-bangladesh-indigenous-cultures-world/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03ttrpb Save

From the Editor – April 2017

Don’t miss the annual special issue of The Horn Book Magazine, this year on the theme of humor. Wow, that sounds deadly. But it isn’t, trust me! Along with mostly-serious articles about how and why to be funny in books for young people, we’ve also solicited some of our author and illustrator friends to tell […]

Hbook Podcast 2.6 – Special Guest Adam Gidwitz

Siân chats with Adam Gidwitz who displays his Scottish accent, talks about his work and Mac Barnett in a bunny outfit, and *tries* to tell the listeners a Big Secret. People we talk about Alex Bracken Tom Angleberger Links At BookCon 2015 Star Wars Celebration Podcast with Alex Bracken Why We Get Religious About Star Wars […]

Hbook Podcast 2.5 – The Headmaster and Literary Fast Food

Siân and Roger chat about one headmaster’s desire to keep “literary fast food” out of classroom libraries. And skipping pages. They also talk a lot about skipping pages. Books we talk about CHERUB series by Robert Muchamore Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer “The Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey […]