The Horn Book http://www.hbook.com Publications about books for children and young adults Fri, 29 May 2015 21:57:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Book & Me, Week 4 http://www.hbook.com/2015/05/authors-illustrators/book-me-week-4/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/05/authors-illustrators/book-me-week-4/#respond Fri, 29 May 2015 20:15:00 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=49754 In case you missed them, here is the fourth batch of entries in Charise Mericle Harper’s original “Book & Me” comics series: #15: Greatness can be overwhelming. (Especially other people’s.) #16: Some (possibly questionable) advice on maximizing productivity #17: The care and feeding of new book ideas #18: Breakfast and book inspiration Stay tuned for […]

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In case you missed them, here is the fourth batch of entries in Charise Mericle Harper’s original “Book & Me” comics series:

#15: Greatness can be overwhelming. (Especially other people’s.)

#16: Some (possibly questionable) advice on maximizing productivity

#17: The care and feeding of new book ideas

#18: Breakfast and book inspiration

Stay tuned for more adventures starring irrepressible Book and his creator! See all entries by clicking the tag book and me.

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Week in Review, May 25th-29th http://www.hbook.com/2015/05/news/week-in-review-may-25th-29th/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/05/news/week-in-review-may-25th-29th/#respond Fri, 29 May 2015 20:05:27 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=49751 This week on hbook.com… The 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards were announced on Wednesday! full press release Horn Book reviews of the Picture Book, Fiction, and Nonfiction Award winners and honor books video and pictures of the announcement made by Roger and Rebecca Stead early-bird registration for the 2015 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Transformations […]

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This week on hbook.com…

The 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards were announced on Wednesday!

From the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Transformations:

Board Book Roundup: Spring 2015 edition

May’s issue of Nonfiction Notes: creepy-crawlies, prehistoric life, human body, rock ‘n’ roll, and social issues

Reviews of the Week:

Read Roger: #winning!” Tell us how you really feel, Roger.

Out of the Box: 

Lolly’s Classroom: Behind the Scenes of the Little House books

Events calendar

Summer Reading 2015

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#winning! http://www.hbook.com/2015/05/blogs/read-roger/winning/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/05/blogs/read-roger/winning/#respond Fri, 29 May 2015 18:07:58 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=49748 I hope I can say how much I love the 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book winners without anyone inferring my opinions about previous years. While under my strict don’t-ask-don’t-tell relationship with the judges I have no idea why they chose what they did, their choices for the top prizes illustrate three great things about this particular […]

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RSFARMERI hope I can say how much I love the 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book winners without anyone inferring my opinions about previous years. While under my strict don’t-ask-don’t-tell relationship with the judges I have no idea why they chose what they did, their choices for the top prizes illustrate three great things about this particular awards program. In selecting The Family Romanov, the judges added a confirming sticker (and yes we now have stickers, see pic!) to a book that had been handsomely rewarded last year. In The Farmer and the Clown, they Made Things Right for a book [UNACCOUNTABLY–ed.note] left off ALA’s prize roster (there’s a funny crack about this in the July issue). And in Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, they make us look twice at a book that everyone liked well enough but let slip off the radar. Good job all around!

Katrina Hedeen and I traveled down on Tuesday to New York, where on Wednesday I announced the winners with 2010 BGHB Fiction winner Rebecca Stead at the close of SLJ’s Day of Dialog, for which Betsy Bird has provided an excellent recap. It was a wonderful day, capped in great style when Katrina, Rebecca, Al Berman (our ad guy) and I were joined by Richard Peck for dinner. So terrific to see him again, and fascinating to hear him and Rebecca swap tips about how to bring modern technology into fiction for young people without either quickly dating your book or revealing that you cribbed most of the information. PLUS Rebecca taught us how to totally pwn Snapchat. If that’s still a thing. Is it?

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Easy, breezy, beautiful cover art http://www.hbook.com/2015/05/blogs/out-of-the-box/easy-breezy-beautiful-cover-art/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/05/blogs/out-of-the-box/easy-breezy-beautiful-cover-art/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 16:00:59 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=49689 I think it’s possible I’ve discovered the perfect nail polish color for reading.     That or I’m just magically super-coordinated at all times.

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Transformers: Merlin and Me…Thirteen Books Later http://www.hbook.com/2015/05/choosing-books/horn-book-magazine/transformers-merlin-and-methirteen-books-later/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/05/choosing-books/horn-book-magazine/transformers-merlin-and-methirteen-books-later/#respond Fri, 29 May 2015 16:00:53 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=48690 On a cold Colorado night twenty-one years ago, I woke up suddenly. A vivid dream had possessed me — a dream of a boy, half drowned and only barely alive, who had washed up on the shore of a strange land. He had no memory, no idea who he was. But he did have something […]

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barron_lost years of merlinOn a cold Colorado night twenty-one years ago, I woke up suddenly. A vivid dream had possessed me — a dream of a boy, half drowned and only barely alive, who had washed up on the shore of a strange land. He had no memory, no idea who he was. But he did have something special, maybe even magical, down inside. After a few sleepless hours, I realized who he was — young Merlin.

Now, after thirteen books about Merlin (plus a film script and too many poems to count), I think back on that dream as the beginning of an epic journey. Despite all the hard labor Merlin has caused me, I am deeply grateful to him for choosing me to be his companion.

Yes — his companion. That’s how 
it feels.

What really made me fall in love with that boy in the dream was the realization that Merlin, the original wizard and the greatest mage of all times, didn’t simply spring into life as the ancient, wise, eccentric, powerful fellow we all know — the wizard of Camelot. No way. So where did he come from? And how did he come to be this exalted wizard whose story has captivated readers and bards and dreamers all around the world and through hundreds of years?

I soon realized that Merlin’s myth is a huge, luminous tapestry. Threads of brilliant colors have been woven into it over many centuries, starting with the oral traditions of the Druids and the Celts that were first written down by monks a thousand years ago in the Welsh Mabinogion. The tapestry expanded dramatically over the next thousand years, including the weavings of Spenser’s Faerie Queene, Malory’s Morte d’Arthur, and Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae. Add to that more threads from bards as diverse as Shakespeare, Tennyson, Tolstoy, Mary Stewart, and T. H. White.

But — to my great surprise — that richly woven tapestry had a huge, gaping hole: the adventures of Merlin’s youth. Aside from a few ancient Celtic ballads and tales, his formative years were largely untold. Now here was a unique opportunity for weaving! Not so fast, I cautioned myself. With a character of this magnitude, weaving the stories of his youth had to be done right — or not done at all.

The challenge, I realized, was more than telling a few new tales about an amazing and beloved character. The real challenge was to illuminate the essential qualities of Merlin’s character — the qualities that made his wizardry even possible. What were his deepest fears, his greatest struggles, his highest hopes, his secret dreams? What passions filled him? How did he discover his identity, learn to master his powers, and discover that nature was the true source of all magic? How did he come to know and accept his own dark side?

Understanding this, I took a deep breath — and plunged into writing. Only after three drafts of the first book (in what I blithely assumed would be a trilogy) did I finally hear Merlin’s authentic voice. Even then, it was the ancient, eccentric, somewhat grumpy voice of the elder wizard. Not the young, scared, lost boy who had washed ashore in my dream. In time, though, I came to hear Merlin’s youthful voice as clearly as my own. Today, it is the voice of a dear friend.

Now, two decades and counting after my dream, I finally understand what really makes Merlin’s character so remarkable. And why he is so beloved, so close to our hearts. Merlin embodies three great ideals: the universality of all people; the importance of embracing both the light and dark in ourselves; and the sacredness of nature.

What is the most powerful lesson I’ve learned from Merlin? That his journey is one anybody can share. All of us feel washed ashore at times. And yet all of us have some magic down inside ourselves — magic that we, too, can share with the world.

From the May/June 2015 special issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Transformations.

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The Unstoppables app review http://www.hbook.com/2015/05/choosing-books/app-review-of-the-week/the-unstoppables-app-review/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/05/choosing-books/app-review-of-the-week/the-unstoppables-app-review/#respond Thu, 28 May 2015 20:22:13 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=49716 The Unstoppables app (Cerebral: The Swiss Foundation for Children with Cerebral Palsy, May 2015) introduces a diverse group of four young friends with complementary strengths: Melissa, who is blind, can reach high objects with her cane. Mai can jump over obstacles and crouch to go under them. Achim, who is in a wheelchair, can travel […]

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unstoppables menuThe Unstoppables app (Cerebral: The Swiss Foundation for Children with Cerebral Palsy, May 2015) introduces a diverse group of four young friends with complementary strengths:

Melissa, who is blind, can reach high objects with her cane.
Mai can jump over obstacles and crouch to go under them.
Achim, who is in a wheelchair, can travel quickly and can transport one other person. He can also read (the others cannot).
Jan moves a bit more slowly than his friends, but can lift and carry heavy objects (including, when necessary, Achim).

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When Melissa’s guide dog Tofu is dognapped, the team sets out to rescue him. This quest takes the four from Melissa’s home through a school and a creepy abandoned cabin, with a red herring or two on the way. Use teamwork to problem-solve by switching among the four characters and accessing their individual skills. As you progress through the story, the problems increase in complexity/difficulty and fewer hints are given; you must rely on what you have learned so far to get through each location. (The final sequence, which requires you to re-route electricity through the cabin several times, is a doozy.)

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Humor, stylish visuals, and jazzy background music combine for a lighthearted heist movie–like tone throughout the app. It’s playable in French and German as well as English. The English translation stumbles a bit on occasion, and the big reveal of the dognapper’s identity and motivation is somewhat underwhelming. But the satisfying logic puzzles, positive portrayal of several disabilities, and message that teamwork overcomes obstacles make this an app worth sharing.

Available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (requires iOS 7.0 or later); free. Recommended for intermediate users.

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Drumroll, please… The 2015 BGHB Award announcements http://www.hbook.com/2015/05/news/boston-globe-horn-book-awards/drumroll-please-the-2015-bghb-award-announcements/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/05/news/boston-globe-horn-book-awards/drumroll-please-the-2015-bghb-award-announcements/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 18:14:54 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=49709 On Wednesday, May 27th, at SLJ’s Day of Dialog, Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton and 2010 BGHB Fiction Award winner Rebecca Stead announced the 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honor books. This year’s award ceremony will take place on Friday, October 2nd, followed by the Horn Book at Simmons colloquium, “Transformations,” […]

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On Wednesday, May 27th, at SLJ’s Day of Dialog, Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton and 2010 BGHB Fiction Award winner Rebecca Stead announced the 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honor books.

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Rebecca Stead and Roger Sutton. Photo by Mark Tuchman of SLJ.

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Rebecca, Roger, and SLJ’s Luann Toth. Photo by Mark Tuchman of SLJ.

2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award announcement

Photo by Josephine Marc-Anthony of SLJ.

This year’s award ceremony will take place on Friday, October 2nd, followed by the Horn Book at Simmons colloquium, “Transformations,” on Saturday, October 3rd. We hope to see you there! Read the full BGHB Awards announcement, then check out the Horn Book’s reviews of the celebrated titles here:

Picture book winner The Farmer and the Clown and honor books
Fiction winner Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms and honor books
Nonfiction winner The Family Romanov and honor books

Stay tuned for much more on the winning books and authors as the ceremony and colloquium approach. What do you think of the committee’s selections? Let us know in the comments!

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2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature http://www.hbook.com/2015/05/news/boston-globe-horn-book-awards/2015-boston-globe-horn-book-awards-for-excellence-in-childrens-literature/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/05/news/boston-globe-horn-book-awards/2015-boston-globe-horn-book-awards-for-excellence-in-childrens-literature/#respond Wed, 27 May 2015 19:15:08 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=49649 THE 2015 BOSTON GLOBE–HORN BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED May 27, 2015, New York, NY — Today Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, and Rebecca Stead, the 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction Award winner for When You Reach Me, announced the 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. Celebrating their 49th year, the Boston […]

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THE 2015 BOSTON GLOBE–HORN BOOK
AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

May 27, 2015, New York, NY — Today Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, and Rebecca Stead, the 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction Award winner for When You Reach Me, announced the 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. Celebrating their 49th year, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature.

A Winner and two Honor Books were selected in each of three categories: Picture Book, Fiction, and Nonfiction.

“The BGHB’s odd calendar (last half of previous year, first half of this) and small (three) panel of judges tend to bring unexpected choices to the fore, but what makes this award really stand out is its deceptively simple criterion: the judges are instructed to reward ‘excellence,’ no more, no less. Not as easy as it might sound!” says Roger Sutton.

“The Boston Globe is proud to once again present The Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards — one of the many ways the Globe promotes excellence in the arts and letters nationally. We congratulate this year’s winning authors for their exemplary work in the field of children’s and young adult literature. It is our hope that their books will spark curiosity and creativity in generation upon generation of young people,” said Linda Pizzuti Henry, Boston Globe Managing Director.

2015 Boston Globe Horn Book Award winnersPICTURE BOOK AWARD WINNER:
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee (published by Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)

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FICTION AWARD WINNER:
Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell (published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

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NONFICTION AWARD WINNER:
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and 
the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming (published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books)

Read The Horn Book’s review.

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2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award honor boks

PICTURE BOOK HONOR WINNERS:

  • It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee (published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group USA)
  • Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers (published by Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA)

Read The Horn Book’s reviews.

FICTION HONOR WINNERS:

  • Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire (published by Candlewick Press)
  • Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman; illus. by Brendan Shusterman (published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

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NONFICTION HONOR WINNERS:

  • The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose (published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA)

Read The Horn Book’s reviews.

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More information can be found by visiting the awards website: www.hbook.com/boston-globe-horn-book-awards.

The awards are chosen by an independent panel of three judges appointed by Mr. Sutton. The 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards judges are: Chair, Barbara Scotto, co-director of Children’s Literature New England; Jessica Tackett MacDonald, collection development librarian at the Boston Public Library, specializing in youth and teen collections; and Maeve Visser Knoth, librarian at Phillips Brooks School in Menlo Park, California.

The winning titles must be published in the United States, but they may be written or illustrated by citizens of any country.

HBASThe awards will be given at the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 2nd, 2015, at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. The event begins with speeches by the awardees, followed by an autographing session and a celebratory evening reception. The following day, Saturday, October 3rd, The Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium features the award winners and honorees in talks, panel discussions, and small-group sessions, offering librarians, educators, and children’s literature professionals a chance to examine critical issues relevant to children’s and young adult literature. The theme of this year’s Colloquium is “Transformations.” More information on The Horn Book at Simmons – including early-bird pricing – can be found at www.hbook.com/bghb-hbas.

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First published in 1924, The Horn Book Magazine provides its readership with in-depth reviews of the best new books for children and young adults as well as features, articles, and editorials. The Horn Book Guide, published twice annually, provides comprehensive reviews and a numerical rating for every hardcover children’s book published in the United States during the previous publishing season. The Horn Book Magazine, Guide, and Guide Online are publications of Media Source, Inc., which is also the parent company of Library JournalSchool Library Journal, and Junior Library Guild.

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The 2015 Boston Globe—Horn Book Award winners and honors were announced on May 27th, 2015. For reviews of the winners and more, click on the tag bghb15.

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colloquium and receive early-bird pricing

On October 2–3, 2015, join an esteemed group of award-winning authors, illustrators, librarians, and other children’s book experts and aficionados in Boston, MA, for the 2015 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, a memorable two-day event celebrating the best in children’s and young adult literature. We’ll take a close-up look at transformative life cycle of a book: how manuscripts morph into books, how old stories shift into new forms, how youth literature responds to a changing world, and how books transform readers. Attendees will leave with an insider’s look into award-winning books to excite and inspire young readers.

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