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Gimlet-eyed and occasionally -addled views on what's wrong and right in the world of books for young people.

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 […]

Hbook Podcast 2.4 – Special Guests Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Siân chats with author/illustrator Jon Klassen and author Mac Barnett during a Triangle tour stop at the Brookline Booksmith. Links Mac’s TED talk Steven Malk Roger and Gene Luen Yang discuss lots of things, including the author/illustrator split during the picture book production process The Yarn Relevant pictures   Save Save

Harry Potter and the Travel Ban

“Oh, really? You don’t act like an only child!” Growing up and entering adulthood, I have heard this phrase many a time. I take comfort knowing that I am not suffering from the dreaded “only child syndrome” of those who are spoiled or self-involved. I’d be lying, however, if I didn’t admit that as a […]

Hbook Podcast 2.3 – Special Guest Jamie Tan

Siân chats with Jamie Tan, Candlewick publicist, about trade shows, the life of a publicist, and finding your people. Jamie Tan Candlewick Books we talk about The Princess in Black – Shannon and Dean Hale Snow White – Matt Phelan Caraval – Stephanie Garber Carve the Mark – Veronica Roth Race to the Bottom of […]

Hbook Podcast 2.2 – Fries, Elections, and Librarians

In episode two of the new season, Siân and Roger discuss politics, “rock star” librarians, and wanting fries with that. People we talk about K-Fai Steele Adam Rex (thread) Dan Santat Links Diana Gabaldon (“Recent statistics from the New York Federal Reserve detailing employment outcomes by college major shows that English students have a 7.5 percent […]