Tales from a since-third-grade fangirl: Judy Blume in conversation with Tom Ashbrook

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Last night, a bookstore dear to my heart hosted an author dear to my heart. And my heart was glad. To put it another way, Brookline Booksmith hosted Judy Blume in conversation with Tom Ashbrook at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. The event was in honor of her new adult novel, In the Unlikely Event, but […]

Make some noise: Hubbub Festival’s Creative Commotion for Kids

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Hubbub is a brand-new child-centric creativity festival produced by Boston Book Fest. The festival’s mission statement: Our goal is to inspire and encourage creativity with a combination of world-class authors and artistic acts, as well as hands-on activities and experiences where kids will experiment, design, and create. We believe that curiosity, excitement, wonder, and play […]

CBB Trivia Night (or, It’s not dorky. It’s cool. Shut up.)

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The Horn Book is steeped in tradition. Since 1924, we’ve reviewed and discussed the finest in children’s literature. And since 2014, we’ve brought home the win at Children’s Books Boston’s Wicked Boston Children’s Book Trivia Challenge. This was the second year that Boston’s librarians, booksellers, editors, students, and other children’s lit nerds piled into M. […]

BGHB-HBAS-Hubbub-Trivia: It’s all happening!

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Perusing Sunday’s Boston Globe (yes, on paper) I came across this ad congratulating the 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners. Nice! Remember that you can join us on October 2-3 for the Boston Globe-Horn Book awards ceremony and the day-long Horn Book at Simmons colloquium on the theme of Transformations. Register here. Another exciting Monday-morning […]

What retellings tell

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On Monday night I went to Harvard Book Store to hear author/editor/anthologist/publisher Kelly Link speak about Angela Carter’s 1979 short story collection The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories. In May, Penguin Classics rereleased the collection in a 75th anniversary edition (the 75th anniversary of Carter’s birth, that is, not of the book’s original publication) with […]

Save the date! June kidlit events

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June is a busy, busy, busy month for children’s book aficionados in and around Boston (pretty close to an event a day — whew!) Here are some events you definitely won’t want to miss: NE-SCBWI hosts author Nancy Werlin for a revision workshop entitled “Less is More: Artful Cutting and Shaping” on Sunday, June 7th, […]

The merry month of May: May events in and around Boston

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May is here, and so are lots of not-to-be-missed events! Here’s a highlight reel; for even more great events and all the details, see our event calendar. May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Friend of the Horn Book and former intern Kazia will be presenting at the third annual “Pippi to Ripley: Gender and Sexualities […]

Hubbub 2015

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This year the Boston Book Festival* is putting on a children’s festival, Hubbub, on June 20, 2015. Billed as “Creative Commotion for Kids,” the fest includes author/illustrator events (headliner: Mo Willems!), kid music (Dan Zanes and Friends), games, puppets, hands-on science activities, stilt-walkers, and more. Yesterday I sat on a panel for the event with […]

Boston-area kidlit events for April: seeing stars

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There are a ton of star-studded children’s lit events coming up later this month in the Boston area. Here are some highlights: Mother-and-daughter team Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple will read and sign their new picture book You Nest Here with Me at The Blue Bunny in Dedham on Saturday, April 11th, at […]

Shh! We have an author event!

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The other night, Martha Parravano and I attended an “Ink and Drink” at Candlewick Press for visiting author Chris Haughton. Boston was a stopover for Haughton, an Irishman who lives in London, on his way to Mississippi to accept the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award for Shh! We Have a Plan, which received a […]