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We walk in, by ones or twos, flash IDs, and smiles. If you are lucky the dance floor is already crowded and you can simply slip between the sounds, into the movement. There are colored lights spinning over skin, over carefully chosen outfits, over movements practiced in home mirrors, over moments of joy and sweat […]

Editorial: “Last Stop, First Steps”

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When I arrived at the Horn Book in the spring of 1996, it was in the midst of a dustup caused by that January’s editorial, “A Wider Vision for the Newbery,” written by then–senior editors Lauren Adams and Martha V. Parravano. They decried the Newbery-winning predominance of middle-grade fiction by white people about white people, […]

Hbook Podcast 1.17 – Special Guest Librarian Julie Roach

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Hbook podcast the seventeenth with guest librarian (and killer storyteller) Julie Roach. **There are a few spots where the sound drops out a bit (we’re sorry) but the stories Roger and Julie tell are so awesome, they’re worth a little bit of ear straining. Promise.** Julie Roach on what makes a good storytime Books we talk […]

HBook Podcast 1.16 – Drugs ‘n’ Booze in YA

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Horn Book Podcast the sixteenth in which Siân and Roger talk about booze, drugs, and young adult lit. Books we talk about John Montroll and Min Sung Ku, Wonder Woman Origami: Amazing Folding Projects Featuring the Warrior Princess (DC Origami) Justine Larbalestier, My Sister Rosa Maggie Stiefvater, Raven Boys series Anonymous, Go Ask Alice April […]

From the Editor – June 2016

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We’ve just announced the 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards — and via video no less! — the fiftieth time we’ve done so (which is a lot if not quite enough to constitute a fiftieth anniversary; ask a math teacher). The awards will be conferred in a ceremony on September 30th in Boston at Simmons College […]

Hbook Podcast 1.15 – BGHB Awards!

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Podcast the fifteenth in which Siân and Roger talk about the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners (woot!). Do You Know?? Tweet your answer for Roger’s Extra Special Trivia Questions to Siân: What two books have won the Newbery Medal, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and the National Book Award? What two authors have won the BGHB award three times? […]

Hbook Podcast 1.14 – Special Guest Megan Dowd Lambert

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Note! Roger and Siân will be at the Horn Book booth at the Hubbub Festival on Saturday, June 4th from 9 am to 11 am. Come visit us! And now, your regularly scheduled programming… Podcast the fourteenth in which Siân and Roger talk with author, professor, mother, and generally awesome woman Megan Dowd Lambert. Megan’s […]

HBook Podcast 1.13 – Special Guest Vicky Smith

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Podcast the thirteenth in which Siân and Roger chat with Vicky Smith, Children’s and Teen Editor at Kirkus Reviews, about Unmaking the White Default, ALA awards, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Books we talk about Kenneth Oppel and Jon Klassen, The Nest John Bellairs, The House with the Clock in Its Walls Steve […]

HBook Podcast – Your Stories

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Are you a teacher or librarian? We want to hear from you! What fabulous books do you use in the classroom or during story time? Why? Send a 30 second audio clip to podcast@hbook.com telling us what books you love, what books you find useful, or what books you’ve discovered recently and we’ll play your suggestions in […]

HBook Podcast 1.12 – Special Guest Educator

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Podcast the sixth in which Siân and early education teacher Meg Lederhos (who also happens to be Siân’s coworker at The Bar) talk about content, curriculum, and diversity (or lack thereof) in books for the classroom. Books we talk about Robert McCloskey, Make Way for Ducklings Aaron Becker, Journey Shana Corey, The Secret Subway Hervé Tullet, […]