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Five Questions for Kitty Flynn

Chloe and Jakob

At our upcoming Fostering Lifelong Learners: Prescribing Books for Early Childhood Education conference, Horn Book Guide Executive Editor Kitty Flynn will be leading a presentation about how the Horn Book evaluates and reviews preschool books. This is one aspect of her work that also engages her off the clock: Kitty and her husband are parents […]

Five Questions for Dr. Robert Needlman of Reach Out and Read


It was exciting to realize that emergent literacy was a field that was not spoken of at all in the pediatric literature. Imagine that! A whole area of crucial child development which doctors seemed utterly unaware of. It was an opportunity that could not be passed up.

Retract those claws


and go meet “Erin Hunter” of Warriors fame at the Cambridge Public Library on Tuesday, March 5th at 6:00 PM. When I asked which Erin Hunter,  I was told it would be top cat Victoria Holmes, who from this description sounds like the Francine Pascal of the Warriors world.

Building a better board book


We’re trying something new this spring. With Reach Out and Read and the Cambridge Public Library, the Horn Book is presenting a one-day conference about books and the youngest readers/listeners/lookers. We thought it would be useful to cross-fertilize our areas of expertise (Reach Out and Read on brain development, CPL on using books with children, […]

Candlewick is back in Cambridge

this Saturday, with “From Screen to Book” at the Cambridge Public Library, an afternoon’s discussion of picture books and digital media. The presenters include three illustrators, Candlewick art director Ann Stott, and agent Holly McGhee; the moderator is Jenny Brown from Shelf Awareness, who, incidentally, wrote a great account of the Horn Book at Simmons […]

Saturday stories


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 […]

>Meet you at the Tick Tock Tea Room

>Francesca Lia Block is speaking at the Cambridge Public Library on Saturday. I wonder if she’ll have anything to say about the latest YA drama. Liz Burns, by the way, has a good roundup of the WSJ coverage over at the Tea Cozy.

>For appearances sake

>Because of a scheduling conflict, Martha P. and I will be speaking at the Eric Carle sometime later in the year rather than this month. But I am all set for this evening’s panel discussion at 7:00 P.M. at the Cambridge P.L. with the Scooby-Doo Diversity Gang–Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, Deva Fagan, Malinda Lo, […]

>Mo speaks

> . . . and did a great job. I loved that he took on our under-examined slogan “People Need Books” and flipped it to explore how books, unlike TV or digital media, need people–while a TV show will keep rattling on even when you leave the room, a book can’t do anything unless someone is […]

>Pizza with rabbits

>Kevin Henkes and free pizza are appearing at the Cambridge Public Library Wednesday night. You have to be at least five years old to attend but I heard a rumor that a flash mob of protesting toddlers is already suiting up.