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From the Editor – August 2016

I invite you to join The Horn Book and Simmons College for the seventh annual Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, to be held at Simmons College in Boston on October 1st. Our theme this year is “Out of the Box,” as we join with the recipients of the 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards to look […]

Hbook Podcast 1.23 – YA Science Fiction (Kinda…)

Podcast the 23rd in which Roger and Siân revisit Farah Mendlesohn’s 2009 article, The Campaign for Shiny Futures, and ramble about young adult sci-fi. Note from Siân: there are a few crackles on this recording (I still have no idea why that happens) and I did not delete/fix them because…well…I went away for the weekend y’all. […]

Hbook Podcast 1.22 – “Stupid”

Podcast the 22nd in which Siân and Roger talk about Jason Bourne, Bruce Willis, and “stupid.” Stupid: lacking intelligence or common sense Books we talk about Harry G. Allard and James Marshall, Stupids series Dorothy Kunhardt, Pat the Bunny Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are Audrey Wood and Don Wood, The Little Mouse, The […]

Hbook Podcast 1.21 – There Is a Tribe of Kids

Podcast the 21st in which Roger and Siân talk about Lane Smith’s There Is a Tribe of Kids, Siân actually considers the idea of a library not carrying the Harry Potter books, and Roger expresses a strong opinion about vampirism. Books we talk about Lane Smith, There Is a Tribe of Kids and It’s a Book Antoinette Portis, […]

Hbook Podcast 1.20 – Self Publishing and the Selfie Sweepstakes

Podcast the twentieth in which Siân and Roger chat about self-published books and reviewing (and conversation may or may not briefly derail into talk about Independence Day and the Bourne movies). Books we talk about Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep Stephenie Meyer, Twilight (y’all heard me ask, […]

From the Editor – July 2016

If you missed ALA in Orlando — or if you just miss ALA in Orlando — the Horn Book is here to help. We have published the acceptance speeches by and profiles of the Coretta Scott King, Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder winners, and Siân and I discuss the conference on our post-ALA podcast. Please also […]

Hbook Podcast 1.19 – Young Adult (ish)

Podcast the nineteenth in which Siân and Roger talk about The Crucible, Richard Peck, and young adult literature. Books we talk about Cynthia Voigt, Orfe Arthur Miller, The Crucible By Richard Peck: Are You in the House Alone, Blossom Culp series, Father Figure, Remembering the Good Times, Dreamland Lake, A Year Down Yonder (Newbery Award winner), […]

2016 Mind the Gap Awards: The books that didn’t win at ALA

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. The books that didn’t win. The dog ate your medal The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach Dancing in the dark The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma Lost in space It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee Down with the ship Challenger Deep by Neal […]

Hbook Podcast ALA Extras

Siân talks to all the people Everything listed below in order of when it appears on the podcast Victoria Stapleton, Director of School and Library Marketing, Little Brown So You Want to Read YA? Podcast with Sherri Winston Sherri Winston Danielle Yadao Awards! Ilyasah Al Shabazz Kekla Magoon Dina Sherman, School and Library Marketing Director, Disney-Hyperion Books […]

Hbook Podcast 1.18 – ALA and Harry Potter

Podcast the eighteenth in which Roger and Siân talk ALA, Harry Potter, and committees. Book(s) we talk about J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter books (audio by Jim Dale) People we talk about Marcus Sedgwick Vicky Smith Victoria Stapleton, Director of School and Library Marketing, Little Brown Martha Parravano Frances Hardinge David Greenough Dan Santat Dina Sherman, […]