To dye for

Catherynne Valente

I had some henna art done Friday at a fundraiser, and got several compliments in the office yesterday even though the design is starting to fade a bit. This morning I started following author Catherynne M. Valente on Twitter. I reviewed her wonderfully bizarre YA fantasy novel The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship […]

Five questions for Rick Bowers

Rick Bowers

Rick Bowers’s previous book, Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network That Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement was a finalist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. The journalist and historian’s latest offering is another compellingly told and meticulously researched account of events surrounding the civil […]

I’ll be in Texas but you should go

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Grace Lin will be signing her new novel Dumpling Days at Porter Square Books in Cambridge on January 21st at 1:00 P.M. Jennifer has reviewed it for the March issue and it’s great. Plus, Grace is known for bringing treats to her signings, so go, eat.

Five questions for Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen

For a writer so notoriously prolific (closing in on three hundred titles, according to Wikipedia) Jane Yolen is notable for maintaining a high standard of writing across many genres, including poetry, picture book texts, and fiction of both the realistic and fantastic kinds. Her latest novel, Snow in Summer, is a fresh blend of historical […]

Saturday stories

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This Saturday afternoon, the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance, Cambridge Public Library and M.I.T. are sponsoring a panel discussion, “The Exquisite Conversation: An Adventure in Creating Books.” Featuring several contributors (Katherine Paterson, M.T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Susan Cooper, Timothy Basil Ering, Steven Kellogg, Patricia MacLachlan, and James Ransome) to the collaborative novel The Exquisite […]

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In preparing for an interview this afternoon with Daniel Handler about his and Maira Kalman’s forthcoming (and terrific)  book Why We Broke Up, I came across “Thirteen Observations Made by Lemony Snicket while watching Occupy Wall Street from a Discreet Distance.” I especially like observation no. 4: “People who say money doesn’t matter are like […]

Five Questions for Melissa Sweet

Melissa Sweet

The first helium-filled creatures to bob through Manhattan on Thanksgiving morning were brought to being by master puppeteer Tony Sarg in the 1920s. Now master illustrator Melissa Sweet, a prolific artist and winner of a Caldecott Honor for A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant, has created an effervescent […]

The Sign on Sendak’s Door

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Although grateful for the support of publishers who place advertisements in The Horn Book, I’ve never before felt the need to direct you to such from this page. But I do so now: please go and read the advertisement on page 57 and then come back here. I’ll wait. Imagine a picture book world where […]

Stories for a Spooky Night

I hope I will see some of you this evening at 6:00PM at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square for a conversation I’ll be leading about The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, just out from Houghton Mifflin. Sponsored by the Harvard Book Store, the panel includes Chris Van Allsburg, Lois Lowry, and Margaret Raymo. Unfortunately, neither […]

Upcoming October 28th

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I’ll be moderating a panel with Chris Van Allsburg, Lois Lowry, and Margaret Raymo about The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, reviewed and excerpted in the September/October issue of the Horn Book Magazine. The event is at the Harvard Bookstore*, who I will forgive for calling me a “children’s book editor.” (I don’t know who they […]