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Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events…so very many unfortunate events

There’s not much I can say about Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events mini-series that hasn’t already been said (here, here, and here, for instance). I binge-watched the whole durn thing over a single weekend, and I’m not sorry. I started watching and fell instantly in love. I’m most impressed by Patrick Warburton’s portrayal of […]

“Choose Love…and Lemonade”

While thousands of people marched on Boston Common last Saturday, outside the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library, two third graders set up a lemonade stand with a twist. “Lemonade for Peace” was the brainchild of Declan Haley (right) with the help of his friend James Selvitella, assisted by their awesome moms Elizabeth and […]

Ramona + Sparrowboy = BFF

Who else imagines that these two would be friends? And maybe with him? And her! What other characters do you imagine as BFFs in Children’s Lit Land?

Publisher Mara Anastas 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 As the vice president and publisher of Aladdin Books and Simon Pulse, Mara Anastas and her team work hard to have their fingers on the…well, you know, of children’s and […]

Five questions for Andrew Clements

I can’t think of anyone better than Andrew Clements to start off our back-to-school issue of The Horn Book Herald. Clements had been publishing picture books for ten years when his first novel, Frindle, came out in 1996. Has there been a fifth grader since who hasn’t read it? And Frindle was just the first, […]

Books in the Home: What My First Grader Taught Me About Reading

What does it mean to learn to read? As a former first-grade teacher and a professor of literacy education, I have constructed plenty of answers over the years. But witnessing the process as a parent has led me to challenge any overly simplistic explanations and assumptions I had held. The most important things I’ll probably ever […]

There’s only color and light

Today we are meeting with a group of consultants and some of the New York brass to rethink the Horn Book’s digital presence–the website, the Guide Online, maybe the newsletters and e-editions of our print publications. (The Horn Book Guide will be digital-only starting this fall.) I told Lolly I was even open to discussion–well, […]

Week in Review, August 14th – 18th

This week on hbook.com… This week’s featured BGHB reminiscence: “Seeing the Grey: Reading Molly Bang’s The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher with Children” by Megan Dowd Lambert Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell Fiction: It All Comes Down to […]

Five Questions for Mayim Bialik

You may know Mayim Bialik as one of the stars of The Big Bang Theory. Or as Blossom. Or as young Bette Midler in Beaches (*sob!*). Or as a real-life neuroscientist. Or a blogger. Or a mother. Or a *Jewish* mother! Or, now, as a YA nonfiction author of Girling Up!: How to Be Strong, […]

Dos and Don’ts of Writing Complex Teens…by an actual complex teen

As seen on Facebook: Friend of The Horn Book Christine M. Heppermann — author, poet, and mother of one most excellent teen Audrey Hinsdale (read her Family Reading post “My Own Discretion Advised”) — posted this advice from her daughter on the “Dos and Don’ts of Writing Complex Teens.”