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Munchings and crunchings: food in books

turkish delight

I’ve been thinking a lot about food in books since reading Jess Zimmerman’s fabulous article “C.S. Lewis’ Greatest Fiction: Convincing American Kids That They Would Like Turkish Delight”: “It was like looking into Harry Potter’s Mirror of Erised, but for desserts: when you thought of a treat worth betraying your family for, what did you […]

We wish you a merry Bookmas!


Last year I pulled together a few bookish gifts we were drooling over — here are some literary presents we’re giving (and maybe, hopefully getting) this holiday season. Shoshana I’m only actually giving this to one person, but I find myself recommending It’s Only Stanley to everyone who asks for a picture book recommendation. It […]

’Twas the eighth day of Hanukkah…

last day of hanukkah 2

’Twas the eighth day of Hanukkah. (Chanukah? Well, it’s easy to celebrate, harder to spell.) The table was covered in relics of wax, and presents long-opened were sitting in stacks. The gelt was just wrappers. The dreidels were spun. The Maccabees’ moment was quite nearly done. Then off near the shelves, there arose such a […]

The next great American theme park?

Brain bouncy house

The Hunger Games is being made into a theme park. Amazon is opening a brick-and-mortar book store. It seems certain that the apocalypse is nigh. Before that happens, though, I have some ideas for kid’s-book-based theme parks, too: Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet This park is particularly interactive because the price of admission is a loved […]

Siân Has the Best Weekend Ever!


As many of you know, the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Transformations” was this past Saturday. It was interesting, engaging, educational, and fun (it was also exhausting for those of us working it, and even more so for the amazing Katrina Hedeen, who planned the whole durn thing). But what you don’t know is the […]

Remember what the dormouse said

Here Kitty

Doing some reading for my upcoming interview with Bryan Collier tomorrow at the Simmons Institute, I got to spend a beautiful afternoon at the even more beautiful new children’s room at BPL. You should go see it. But if they ever legalize pot in this state there’s going to be a line out the door […]

CBB Trivia Night (or, It’s not dorky. It’s cool. Shut up.)


The Horn Book is steeped in tradition. Since 1924, we’ve reviewed and discussed the finest in children’s literature. And since 2014, we’ve brought home the win at Children’s Books Boston’s Wicked Boston Children’s Book Trivia Challenge. This was the second year that Boston’s librarians, booksellers, editors, students, and other children’s lit nerds piled into M. […]



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 […]

All a-Twitter 2015

love tweet

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! What might characters of children’s and YA lit tweet to their valentines? We’ve got some ideas! See if you can guess who’s tweeting to whom — and feel free to add your own sweet kidlit tweets in the comments. @RealLiveGirl: @SomebodysFriend You’re all I could ever imagine! @ThereTheir: @PoorPour I/eye love […]

Little library


On my way home the other day I saw a Little Free Library in the flesh. So cute! Has anyone else seen, used, or implemented one?