This monstrous book launch

mackenzi lee signing

Having never been to any book launch parties before, I can say with 100% certainty that last week’s launch party for This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee (my friend and Simmons ChLit grad program classmate) was unquestionably the best I’ve ever experienced. There was kinderpunsch, a coloring contest, Mackenzi’s NPR-approved cookies, a steampunk photo booth, […]

Middle-Grade Greats panel recap

middle-grade greats panel

To Jeanne Birdsall, middle grade means a series that follows a large family through its ups and downs. To Bruce Coville, it means a funny fantasy series. To Alice Hoffman, it means magical realism. To R. J. Palacio, it means a novel about someone who has trouble fitting in. To Rebecca Stead, it means a […]

CBB Third Annual Fall Reception and Book Swap recap

CBB-goers: Whitney Leader-Picone, Yolanda Scott, Janice Hechter, Siân Gaetano, and Katrina Hedeen.

The room contained editors. Reviewers. Book designers. Children’s lit students. Booksellers. Writers. Professors. Librarians. And books. Children’s Books Boston’s Third Annual Fall Reception and Book Swap, held at Simmons College, on Thursday, September 3, was a simple concept. Show up. Bring a book to swap, and fill out a card explaining why you liked it. […]

2015 Simmons Summer Institute: Homecoming

Roger Sutton talks with Bryan Collier.

What an invigorating weekend here on the Simmons College campus, as current students, alums, authors, illustrators, teachers, librarians, academics, booksellers, book lovers, etc., etc., etc., came together for the 2015 Summer Children’s Literature Institute: Homecoming. Some highlights are below, and in no particular order. We know. We tried to make it brief. But we just […]

Goodnight Paresky Room


With apologies to Margaret Wise Brown, a recap of Homecoming inspired by the homiest book of them all. In the Paresky room, there were tweeting phones and thought balloons with pictures of the places we’ve dwelt, and with whom. There were dogs and bears,1 and familiar chairs, and pulses2 that quicken at art, not at […]

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

Photo by Shoshana Flax

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

roger and mo

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.)


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!


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

carter_bloody chamber

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 […]