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Hbook Podcast 1.30 – Special Guest Lana Popović

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Podcast the 30th in which Siân talks with author and literary agent Lana Popović. Books and movies we talk about Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus Chocolat People we talk about Taylor Haggerty Rebecca Podos Melissa Miller Claudia Gabel Links The Swanky Seventeens Zachary Shuster Harmsworth

Hbook Podcast 1.29 – Special Guest Anastasia Collins

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Podcast the 29th in which Roger and Siân chat with social work librarian and Horn Book reviewer Anastasia Collins about cultural (mis?)appropriation and bagels. Books we talk about Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier People we talk about Lionel Shriver Toni Morrison Links Simmons Lionel Shriver’s speech New York Times article Inappropriate Appropriation […]

From the Editor – September 2016

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Today marks the debut of our newest blog, Family Reading, which will concern itself with all things books in the home. The blog will feature new and classic articles from The Horn Book Magazine as well as posts from parents and caregivers of all stripes about connecting their children with good books. We are seeking […]

Hbook Podcast 1.28 – Special Guest Jules Danielson

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Podcast the 28th in which Roger and Siân chat with Julie Danielson, blogger extraordinaire, about being critics, champions, and reviewers. Books we talk about Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter D. Sieruta People we talk about Betsy Bird Peter Sieruta Philip Nel Sergio Ruzzier Kadir Nelson […]

A Second Look: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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It was one of those rickety paperback book racks that creak when you turn it. It listed to one side, so I made sure to stand on the side it was leaning away from, in order to see the books better. Spin. Creak. Spin. Creak. I’d read most of these books already. But I had […]

Hbook Podcast 1.27 – Spoilery Spoils

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Podcast the 27th in which Siân and Roger talk about (and engage in) “spoiling.” BGHB Awards Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium Books we talk about Laura Amy Schlitz, Hired Girl J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series Jennifer Mathieu, Afterward Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak E. Lockhart, We Were Liars Anne Nesbet, Cloud and Wallfish Louisa May […]

Editorial: “Unboxing”

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As we asked while putting together the book review section in this issue — as we seem to ask while putting together the book review section of every issue — what should we do when a book has a “(Mostly) True Story” in its subtitle? Where do we put it? Sometimes it’s implied, but this […]

Hbook Podcast 1.26 – Stranger Things

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Podcast the 26th in which Siân and Roger talk about Stranger Things (and crossover books and other TV shows and The Eighties). People we talk about GraceAnne Decandido Steven Spielberg Zena Sutherland Jules Danielson Books we talk about Stephen King’s Dark Tower series Before the Fall by Noah Hawley The Three Investigators series J. K. […]

From the Editor – August 2016

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Perhaps it was only ever a fantasy of mine that every child in America started the school year on the same day I always did (the Tuesday after Labor Day) but now, all over the map, it’s all over the map. And for those unfortunates who attend “year-round school” — do they still get a […]

Hbook Podcast 1.25 – Special Guest Debbie Reese

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Podcast the 25th in which Roger chats with Debbie Reese about her childhood, what brought her to books, and two decades of friendship. Debbie’s website Books we talk about Little Owl Indian by Hetty Burlingame Beatty Little Runner of the Longhouse by Betty Baker and Arnold Lobel Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey Links The All […]