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Gimlet-eyed and occasionally -addled views on what's wrong and right in the world of books for young people.

Hbook Podcast 2.6 – Special Guest Adam Gidwitz

Siân chats with Adam Gidwitz who displays his Scottish accent, talks about his work and Mac Barnett in a bunny outfit, and *tries* to tell the listeners a Big Secret. People we talk about Alex Bracken Tom Angleberger Links At BookCon 2015 Star Wars Celebration Podcast with Alex Bracken Why We Get Religious About Star Wars […]

Hbook Podcast 2.5 – The Headmaster and Literary Fast Food

Siân and Roger chat about one headmaster’s desire to keep “literary fast food” out of classroom libraries. And skipping pages. They also talk a lot about skipping pages. Books we talk about CHERUB series by Robert Muchamore Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer “The Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey […]

Hbook Podcast 2.4 – Special Guests Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Siân chats with author/illustrator Jon Klassen and author Mac Barnett during a Triangle tour stop at the Brookline Booksmith. Links Mac’s TED talk Steven Malk Roger and Gene Luen Yang discuss lots of things, including the author/illustrator split during the picture book production process The Yarn Relevant pictures   Save Save

Harry Potter and the Travel Ban

“Oh, really? You don’t act like an only child!” Growing up and entering adulthood, I have heard this phrase many a time. I take comfort knowing that I am not suffering from the dreaded “only child syndrome” of those who are spoiled or self-involved. I’d be lying, however, if I didn’t admit that as a […]

Hbook Podcast 2.3 – Special Guest Jamie Tan

Siân chats with Jamie Tan, Candlewick publicist, about trade shows, the life of a publicist, and finding your people. Jamie Tan Candlewick Books we talk about The Princess in Black – Shannon and Dean Hale Snow White – Matt Phelan Caraval – Stephanie Garber Carve the Mark – Veronica Roth Race to the Bottom of […]

Hbook Podcast 2.2 – Fries, Elections, and Librarians

In episode two of the new season, Siân and Roger discuss politics, “rock star” librarians, and wanting fries with that. People we talk about K-Fai Steele Adam Rex (thread) Dan Santat Links Diana Gabaldon (“Recent statistics from the New York Federal Reserve detailing employment outcomes by college major shows that English students have a 7.5 percent […]

From the Editor – March 2017

I’m completely taken with the “Reading Without Walls” challenge made by our National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang. Gene is asking something very simple of each of us: to read one book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you OR read one book about subject you don’t […]

Hbook Podcast 2.1 – Special Guest Rebecca Podos

Episode one of season two! Siân talks with author and literary agent Rebecca Podos about her upcoming book, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and advice pregnant women receive. Books we talk about The Mystery of Hollow Places, Rebecca Podos Like Water, Rebecca Podos The Red Tent, Anita Diamant Bad Mother, Ayelet Waldman A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice […]

Editorial: Tear Down That Wall

My kind of contest: read a book about a character unlike yourself, or read a book about a subject you don’t know much about, or read a book in a format different from what you’re used to. These parameters for the “Reading Without Walls Challenge,” devised by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen […]

From the Editor – February 2017

To commemorate Black History Month, we are highlighting specific articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book, past and present, that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field — one a day through the month of February, with a roundup on Fridays. Look for the social media tag #HBBlackHistoryMonth17 […]