National Puppy Day reading

puppy with book

Yesterday was National Puppy Day! To celebrate, here are some of our favorite dog books from recent years (don’t worry; I’m pretty sure the dog doesn’t die in any of them!), all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine. Now, who wants to lend me a puppy to snuggle while I read? Picture books A boy […]



I hate missing the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Ceremony and next-day Symposium for a lot of reasons. Besides getting to see everyone I already know, I love hearing the speeches by people I don’t know (but would like to). One new person whom I would have loved hearing is Christian Robinson, illustrator of Josephine and The Smallest Girl […]

There’s bold but then there’s brazen.


So much trouble in this world could be avoided if we all simply shutted up when we did not know whereof we spoke but here I go. I have never read Alfred Ollivant’s Bob, Son of Battle, but Lydia Davis’s explanation of the changes she made for a new New York Review of Books edition […]

Bone Dog

Bone Dog

Knowing the mortality rate of dogs in books, it’s no surprise that turning the translucent cover of the title page reveals a “bone dog.” Using very thick black outlined panels and water colored relief prints, Rohmann tells a story of grief and canine loyalty on one Halloween night. The close connection between Gus and Ella is […]

>Grief counselors were at the scene this weekend

>when we hosted Buster’s old friend Typhoon. Really, couldn’t you tell him anything?

>A man after my own heart

>and, increasingly, teeth.

>Shoot me now.

>While I was running yesterday in the glorious weather (ha ha, I know) I came upon a woman walking her dog, a little cattle-dog mix-thing. Hyper but cute. The dog was desperate to come over to me and say hello, so I stopped and played with her for a minute. The woman started talking to […]

>Dibs on the one in baby blue

>In case you haven’t seen this latest spectacle of adorability . . . . Be sure to turn your speakers on. 11/08/08 P.S. If you click the link and just see a couple of photos cycling it means the webcam is offline. Check back later.

>June newsletter

>The June issue of Notes from the Horn Book should be in your inbox right now (if not, see it and sign up here). Included in this issue: Roger interviews Alexandra Day (Good Dog, Carl‘s mistress), recommends some picture books for dog and pony lovers, holds forth on some eagerly anticipated sequels, and makes a […]

>Happy New Year!

>Ah, Provincetown, where the Gays meet the Fisherfolk: photo by Richard Asch And where Buster met two of Santa’s minions: photo by Richard Asch But vacation is O-ver. Now I’m busy getting ready for ALA (any late Caldecott hopes, dreams, and fears you care to share?) and hustling up copy for the premier issue of […]