It’s not on any chart / You must find it with your heart

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Please join me on Saturday the 25th at the Boston Book Festival for “Masters of Fantasy,” a panel discussion with Soman Chainani (A World Without Princes), Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (The Iron Trial), and Gregory Maguire (Egg & Spoon). We’ll be talking about–well, I guess I should get on that right quick, as I’m […]

Something’s coming

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Time for a meltdown?

Core

If you’re free and in Boston Wednesday night, I’ll be participating in a panel discussion of the Common Core State Standards for Bookbuilders of Boston. Other panelists include Simmons GSLIS prof Amy Pattee and educational publishing consultant Steve Pekich; the program runs from 6:00-8:00PM at 501 Boylston Street in Copley Square. Bring ID to get […]

Boston-area children’s lit events for October

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Somehow it’s already mid-October; can you believe it? The beginning of fall is a whirlwind time here at the Horn Book as we prepare for and then host the annual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. It was lovely to see many of you at these events last weekend; if […]

We Art Boston

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Moved by the terrible events of the Boston Marathon bombing, Boston-based author/illustrator Joe McKendry and his wife Susan founded charitable organization We Art Boston. Joe writes, It started with the marathon, of course. I wasn’t at the site. I didn’t even get down to Boylston until a few weeks later. But in the days following […]

Boston this week

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Thanks to all who have emailed, called, texted or tweeted their concern for our safety and well-being. We are all fine. The attack coincided with an all-staff conference call with our New York colleagues, so I didn’t find out about it until later in the day when information was available but fragmentary and spookily fact-free, […]

>Dancing boys and beautiful women

>Just a reminder–if you are at the ALA conference this weekend do stop by the Horn Book booth, #1564. I’ll be there on Saturday, pretty much all day, and Sunday afternoon. We are giving away copies of the January-February issue of the Magazine, and on Saturday I’ll be conducting the following “Five Questions for . […]

>Five questions for . . .

>Click the link for the interview schedule at ALA Midwinter. And if you have any questions for Kristin Cashore, Mitali Perkins, Lois Lowry or M. T. Anderson, leave ‘em in the comments. (But, no, I will not ask Lois if she’s sorry to have won the Newbery for The Giver.)

Two Scary Stories

Julianna Baggott (aka N.E. Bode) writes in the Boston Globe about a scared-silly principal, who apparently isn’t down with her homonym. And Jon Scieszka leads off the Library of Congress’s Exquisite Corpse adventure. (Thanks to Leila for the tip.) I’m not sureI am down with the LC reading software but my eyes are old.

>Bring Pack Back!

>Another duckling disappears.