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February’s Boston-area book events

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A new month means new children’s book–related events and celebrations! Here’s a small sampling of what February has to offer; see our event calendar for all details and even more events. Yesterday was the first day of African American History Month. See the website for more information. Click on the tags Black History Month and […]

Raúl the Third, 2017 Pura Belpré Illustrator winner, at Cport School

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On Monday, Raúl the Third (a.k.a. Raúl Gonzalez) was announced as winner of the 2017 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award for his middle-grade graphic novel Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, written by Cathy Camper. Some people go to Disney World. This guy went to Cambridgeport School! On Tuesday he spent the morning in the […]

YA Trivia Night at Trident Booksellers and Café

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Trident Booksellers & Café kicked off its new YA Passport series last night with a YA trivia night. Katie, Cindy, and I represented The Horn Book, though I’m not sure we represented very well. (I’m also not sure whether Horn Book founder Bertha Mahony Miller would’ve liked our team name — Bertha’s Bitches — or […]

CPL first annual Margret and H. A. Rey Curious George Lecture Series

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Former Horn Booker Zoe Del Mar, communications manager for the Cambridge, MA, Public Library, just let us know about a great new lecture series the library is hosting: the Margret and H. A. Rey Curious George Lecture Series. The series was “developed from a brainstorming session between Youth Services Manager, Julie Roach [read Julie’s Horn […]

Legislative breakfast at the library

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She’d already encouraged us to be loud in the library. Now elementary school librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro let us eat in the library while engaging with our elected officials. Last week Liz, who is legislative co-chair for the Massachusetts School Libraries Association, hosted “Your Community, Your Library” legislative breakfast at Cambridgeport School in Cambridge, MA. […]

Boston-area events for January

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Celebrate a new year of great reads with authors and fellow book-lovers at many events coming up this month! Here’s a small sampling of what January holds; see our event calendar for all details and even more events. The movie adaptation of Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls opens on Friday, January 6th. YA author and […]

Happy Birthday, FableVision!

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As a pre-Thanksgiving treat, I attended FableVision Studios‘ 20th-Anniversary Bash at their beautiful office above the Boston Children’s Museum. FableVision is the media company cofounded by Peter H. Reynolds, children’s author/illustrator of The Dot and many, many other books, as well as being owner of the Blue Bunny Bookstore in Massachusetts [read the Horn Book […]

Massachusetts Book Awards 2016

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On Tuesday, December 6th, I was lucky to be the plus-one, with amazing school librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro, at the sixteenth annual Massachusetts Book Awards ceremony at the State House, in recognition of “significant works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s/young adult literature published by Commonwealth residents or about Massachusetts subjects.” The award is administered […]

Emerson’s “Diversity in Children’s and YA Publishing” panel

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Last week, Martha and I attended an excellent panel on “Diversity in Children’s and Young Adult Publishing,” hosted by Emerson College’s Writing, Literature, and Publishing program. Panelists were Lesléa Newman (author of Heather Has Two Mommies, October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard, and many, many others); Vicky Smith, Kirkus‘s children’s and teen editor; and […]

Horn Book at Boston Book Festival 2016

The Horn Book at Boston Book Festival 2016. Booth #61. Photo: Shoshana Flax

Shoshana Flax For once, my Boston Book Festival experience began with a panel of adult authors. Robin Young moderated the kickoff panel Friday evening: “Storytelling for Page and Screen” with Emma Donoghue, Maria Semple, and Tom Perrotta. The authors shared their varied experiences of having their books made into movies (Donoghue’s Room; Semple’s forthcoming Where’d […]