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Big Cat, Little Cat

Julie’s post this week about Egg by Kevin Henkes took me back to my own Caldecott experience when Henkes won for Kitten’s First Full Moon. Here is another book that, like Kitten’s First Full Moon, is mostly black-and-white and has minimal text. Like Henkes, Cooper’s no-frills drawing style uses deceptively simple thick black outlines. And […]

The star-making machinery

Grandpa got grumpy yesterday over one of his old nemeses: the Non-Disclosure Agreement. An NDA in this circumstance is when a publisher asks us to sign a contract putting certain restrictions on the Horn Book before forking over an advance review copy. We aren’t asked to sign them very often, and we never do sign them, […]

Jon J Muth Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by If there’s anyone who could bring out the Zen in car racing, I suppose it could be Jon J Muth (Zen Shorts, Zen Socks, Zen Ties…). And in Mama Lion […]

Egg

Every time I see a new book from Kevin Henkes, I think of that time that Bruce Handy wrote in the New York Times, “It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius.” Bona fide genius or not, I do think Henkes is a master of the picture book form. And he’s got three Caldecott […]

BGHB at 50: The Adventures of Sparrowboy

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, established in 1967, we will be publishing a series of appreciations of BGHB winners and honorees from the past. This is the second in the series to be published in The Horn Book Magazine (see Gregory Maguire on Jill Paton Walsh’s Unleaving, Tim […]

Celebrating one year of Family Reading

Happy 1st Birthday to this blog! We debuted this blog on September 14, 2016 — which Katie noted last Thursday during the Horn Book staff’s annual editorial planning meeting at Roger’s house. For some reason, everyone was too focused on work flow and the editorial calendar to properly mark the occasion (in my opinion). But […]

Week in Review, September 11th – 15th

This week on hbook.com…   September 2017 issue of Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Anne Quirk on The Good Fight, history nonfiction audiobooks, picture books full of back-to-school silliness, new chapter-book friends, YA about school as a source of (or break from) anxiety Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Why Am I Me? by […]

The Guests Are Here; or, We Kick Off Our List

Well, since Tuesday’s post was called “Let’s Get This Party Started,” we’ll continue with our party metaphor by telling you that all the guests are here, the mixed nuts are out, and the dance music is blaring. That’s right: We’re here today with our list of several dozen 2017 Caldecott-eligible books. We have gathered them […]

“Be a Robin Reader”

It was hard for the family and friends of Horn Book contributor Robin Smith to say goodbye to her after her death from bone cancer in late June, but we gathered to do so in Nashville in mid-July of this year. There were lots of tears as friends, family, colleagues, and many of her current […]

Five questions for Anne Quirk

Anne Quirk’s The Good Fight: The Feuds of the Founding Fathers (And How They Shaped the Nation) (Knopf, 10–14 years) highlights four sets of venerable opponents whose disputes helped set America’s path during its formative years. And just like its author — who was former publisher of The Horn Book — the book is smart, […]