Letter to the Editor, January/February 2014

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November/December 2013 Horn Book It was terrific to see Uri Shulevitz’s new book, Dusk, featured on the November/December 2013 cover. What joyous lights gleam through the winter nights as dusk falls quickly! This magnificent book is a wonderful companion to Shulevitz’s Dawn, which, in a gentle manner, paints the coming of light into this world. […]

From the Editor – January 2014

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The Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott and School Library Journal’s Heavy Medal are busily winding up their coverage of the 2013 Caldecott and Newbery contenders, easily the most-discussed book prizes in the country: take a bow, ALSC! If they are at all like me, those bloggers are also nervously worrying about completely missing the mark, that […]

Editorial: Books for the Ages

In Rita Williams-Garcia’s P. S. Be Eleven, included on this year’s Fanfare list of the best books of 2013, Delphine, inspired by the example of an admired teacher, decides she is going to read Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. But Delphine’s mother Nzila, a complicated woman living semi-estranged from the family in far-away Oakland, cautions her […]

The Horn Book Television Line-Up

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All-of-a-Kind Family Feud Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, Gertie, and Baby Charlie: “Bring it on, Ingalls clan!” Big Brother Housemates Darry Curtis, Klaus Baudelaire, the Weasley twins, and Christopher Dollanganger dish about their precocious younger sibs. Mad Men Dressed-to-the-nines ad execs Brother Leon, President Snow, Voldemort, and Gollum backstab, scheme, and imbibe to deaden self-loathing. Meanwhile, […]

Writing for the Very Young: An Emotional Déjà Vu

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by Charlotte Zolotow The more I try to analyze children’s books — or the fusion of feelings and events that goes into writing for children — the more I realize what a mystery children’s thoughts are and what a mystery the whole process of writing for children is. Part of it is the imagery and […]

Walter Dean Myers’s War “Trilogy”

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In each of his three books about war — Invasion (2013), set during WWII; Fallen Angels (1988), Vietnam; and Sunrise over Fallujah (2008), the second Iraq War — Water Dean Myers asks readers to immerse themselves in a specific conflict from the point of view of a particular character. These wars are distinct both geographically […]

From the Editor – November 2013

Roger Sutton

I guess it’s time to start buying presents! Some years ago, I opined in the Horn Book Magazine that the best kind of book to give came in the form of a gift certificate, but then-publisher Anne Quirk accused me of wimping out. So all right then: just from the above, I’d recommend Little Santa […]

Editorial: It’s Your Party

I’m not much one for a party; my husband has a big birthday coming up and I’ve gratefully left all the planning to the children. But three parties I attended recently made me glad I was there, and they made me like my job even more than I already thought I did. Children’s Books Boston […]

From the Editor – October 2013

Roger Sutton

I’d probably get in trouble with the ALA for this today, but back when I was a children’s librarian in the last century we limited Halloween-book checkouts to three per customer. There simply were never enough to go around, and I’m talking in November. Or December. Or Januar—you see where this is going. So please […]

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 […]