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2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards press release

2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winners

THE 2016 BOSTON GLOBE–HORN BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED June 2, 2016, Boston, MA — The 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners were announced today by The Boston Globe and The Horn Book in a video presentation that was launched on hbook.com at 11am. In their fiftieth year, the Boston Globe–Horn Book awards are among the […]

Preview July/August 2016 Horn Book Magazine

July/August 2016 Horn Book Magazine

Special Issue: Awards Beautiful original cover art by 2016 Caldecott Medal winner Sophie Blackall. Happy Birthday, Ashley Bryan: A poem by Nikki Giovanni. “The Year in Pictures” and “The Year in Words”: critics Julie Danielson and Betsy Bird discuss the books of 2015. Jerry Pinkney’s Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal acceptance speech. Children’s literature scholar Barbara […]

Nonfiction Reviews of 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

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Nonfiction Winner Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret 
History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin Middle School, High School   Roaring Brook   361 pp. 9/15   978-1-59643-952-8   $19.99   g Without a wasted word or scene, and with the timing and prowess of a writer of thrillers, Sheinkin takes on a spectacularly complex story — and […]

Fiction Reviews of 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

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Fiction Winner The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge Middle School, High School    Amulet/Abrams    378 pp. 4/16    978-1-4197-1895-3    $17.95 Everything in this audacious novel is on the cusp or in limbo, setting up delicious tensions and thematic riches. The time is nineteenth-century England just after Darwin’s theory of evolution has thrown the scientific world into turmoil; […]

Picture Book Reviews of 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

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Picture Book Winner Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill; 
illus. by Francis Vallejo Intermediate    Candlewick    54 pp. 3/16    978-0-7636-6954-6    $18.99    g On August 12, 1958, fifty-plus jazz musicians, famous and emerging, gathered together in front of a brownstone in Harlem for a group photo shoot. The resulting photograph has become […]

2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

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The 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards have been announced — via video for the first time! — by Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry, managing director of the Boston Globe. Click the video above to watch! You can find the press release and Horn Book reviews of the winners here. […]

The Newbery App review

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The Newbery App (Sugar Coded Apps, 2011) is a handy resource if you’re interested in Newbery history, keeping track of which Medalists and Honor Books you’ve read, or choosing the next one to read. It’s also a fun place to test your skills. The landing page contains the enticing phrase, “Suggest a Book to Me.” […]

“Winners, Losers, and Something in Between” awards panel recap

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What makes a book award-worthy? Who decides, and how? These questions were the focus of “Winners, Losers, and Something in Between: An Inside Look at Book Awards,” a panel sponsored by Children’s Books Boston that met at Simmons College on Tuesday. The panelists and moderator had years of experience choosing book award winners among them. […]

Lynne Reid Banks: right for the wrong reasons

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I think we’ve all written letters like this one. Responding to the announcement that David Almond’s A Song for Ella Grey had won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, author Lynne Reid Banks wrote to that publication: “Buoyed up by David Almond’s beautiful description (21 November) of his inspiration for writing A Song for Ella Grey, which  has […]

The best-of-the-year lists have begun

The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books

Teachers often ask how to keep up with the best new books. Good intentions are one thing, and real life (long days, class prep, paper grading) is another. For those with limited time, I recommend going online near the end of the year when children’s book review journals post their “best of the year” lists. […]