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>I’m always trying to decide just what kind of sister we are to School Library Journal. Are we like Elizabeth and Jessica? Beezus and Ramona? Louise and Caroline Bradshaw? Or, eep, The Silent Twins? In any event, we are going to be totally copying Li’l Sis this fall as we embark on a companion to […]


stroud_ring of solomon

After some fierce competition — including a first-round heartbreaker storming back from the dead! — Jonathan Stroud’s The Ring of Solomon won School Library Journal’s Battle of the Kids’ Books. To get the inside scoop, we caught up with Battle Commentator Jonathan Hunt. First things first: Did the best man win? I certainly think you […]

“It’s your Day of all Days! It’s the Best of the Best!”

As you may have noticed, yesterday was Dr. Seuss’s 107th birthday (and the 14th annual Read Across America Day). I celebrated by drooling over the unbelievable Dr. Seuss-themed goodies over at Cakewrecks and making a birthday card for the good doctor with an app from Oceanhouse Media:   I really would have liked to party […]

Blogging women’s history books

>A full month of blog posts commemorating women’s history begins today on KidLit Celebrates Women’s History Month. Creators and critics of children’s literature (including Anita Silvey, Candace Fleming, Kathleen Krull, and Tanya Bolden) will highlight excellent books about women’s history. The blog is off to a great start with a review of Laurie Halse Anderson’s […]

That’s a lotta work, girl.

I just found out via Twitter that former HB editor Anita Silvey has a new blog, the Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac. God help her, Anita is posting a book recommendation daily, each tied in some way to that day’s significance. Today, for example, she writes about the D’Aulaires’ Abraham Lincoln in honor of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, […]

Our new blog

Yes, I’m going to continuing mouthing off over here, but today the Horn Book debuts a second blog, Out of the Box. Although its nature will be defined as we go, its goal is to provide coverage of some of the many books, near-books and neo-books that don’t need review so much as they need […]

>Excuse our dust

>while we mess around with ad placement on Read Roger. You might think Google’s Ad Sense would have more sense than to run ads for vanity press publishers on a blog that will only mock the same. But I think it is run by robots and in any case our sales force will be handling […]

>Monday Diary

>Anita Lobel was great and glamorous for her Zena Sutherland Lecture last Friday night in Chicago, and we will be bringing you that speech in an upcoming issue. Thank goodness for our full-color printing as Anita Lobel paints the most beautiful colors I know and Lolly should be in pig(ment) heaven choosing illustrations. Thanks again […]

>What, you mean we’re not all pretty?

>Head over to the Tea Cozy for a good discussion of gender and book-blogging.

>Birds do it

>and we’re doing it too, migrating, from Read Roger’s home on to some shady spot that Blogger has picked out for us. It’s really more a forced march. When we get there, you should be automatically moved to join us. So they tell us. Everything should be a-okay by this evening, Lolly says.