NF Notes: The 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Award Winners

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Every fall, we give out the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for excellence in children’s literature. To honor the tradition, this issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book includes reviews of all three 2013 nonfiction award recipients — winner Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd and honor books […]

From the Editor – September 2013

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Come October 4th and 5th, I hope you will join us at the annual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards and the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. The theme of this year’s HBAS is “Building Character,” and I invite you to join with the BGHB winners, Simmons faculty, and Horn Book staff in a day-long exploration of […]

Editorial: Books Built from the Ground Up

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I thought I was just doing a solid for a colleague when, over on Read Roger, I  posted a link to a provocative post on Lee & Low’s blog that asked, “Why Hasn’t the Number of Multicultural Books Increased in Eighteen Years?” Lee & Low, whose publisher Jason Low was interviewed in these pages in […]

2012-2013 yearbook superlatives

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Summer is ending and the new school year is looming. What better way to avoid thinking about school starting than by reflecting on the year that was? Here are our senior superlatives for characters in the class of 2012-2013. What superlative would you award your favorite character? Most artistic: Ivan the gorilla (from The One […]

Disturbing (or Not?) Young Adult Fiction

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I experienced Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games on the cusp of it becoming a must-read, a trilogy-starter, and then a film franchise. I had hurried into the bookstore, reading list in hand, and interrupted the young woman shelving books. When I asked  where to find the titles on my list, I mentioned that I taught […]

From the Editor — August 2013

Roger Sutton

I’m grateful to Mitali Perkins for bringing some humor to the multicultural canon; it’s in shorter supply than it should be, a situation caused at least in part by the utter seriousness with which adults — that’s us — talk about appropriate depictions of ethnicity in books for children and teens. The fact that we […]

Young dreamers

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I had wanted to write something funny. I thought I had something to add to recent discussions about the diversity and lack thereof in children’s literature — a unique perspective, perhaps. I was raised in the midst of these conversations about cultural diversity in children’s media. My father, Walter Dean Myers, has been on the […]

Ask Rapunzel roundup

This week on Out of the Box, guest columnist Rapunzel has been helping readers with fairy-tale dilemmas, from marital woes to unruly enchanted objects. Who needs a fairy godmother with Rapunzel around? Don’t miss her columns: Snarky stepchildren Family matters Good-for-nothing critters A cave of one’s own Boor or bear? “Be Our Guest”? Not so […]

Ask Rapunzel: “Be Our Guest”? Not so much

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Are you a seventh son sick of hand-me-downs? Had it up to here with the dragon lady next door? Ask Rapunzel! She can untangle any fairy-tale dilemma. Our beautiful singing harp has been a cherished family possession for years. Well, if you can believe it, the other day it told me that I was getting […]

Ask Rapunzel: Boor or bear?

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Are you a seventh son sick of hand-me-downs? Had it up to here with the dragon lady next door? Ask Rapunzel! She can untangle any fairy-tale dilemma.   I released my husband from an evil enchantment and we have been happily married ever since. However, he has spent most of this winter sound asleep, snoring […]