December children’s lit events

family trees

December is always a whirlwind time, and this month full of great events is no exception. Be sure to check our calendar for more information. On Thursday, December 5th, at 7:00 pm, Marcella Pixley will read from and sign her new YA novel Freak at the Concord Bookshop. The Concord Museum’s 18th annual “Family Trees” […]

Happy diamond anniversary, Weston Woods!

60th anniversary

Weston Woods is turning 60 this year! In honor of the occasion the company has created a new 60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition DVD. The hour-long special collection “includes six of [their] most beloved titles from the last 10 years”: Arnie the Doughnut, No Roses for Harry!, Wild About Books, Dem Bones, That New Animal, and […]

November children’s lit events

moxie and the art of rule breaking

There’s an abundance of children’s book–related events this November in Boston! A plethora of opportunities to meet beloved authors and illustrators (not to mention pick up signed books for holiday gifts) are below. Be sure to check our events calendar for more information. At the Writers’ Loft tonight, November 5th, from 7:30-9:00 pm, Erin Dionne […]

Time for a meltdown?

Core

If you’re free and in Boston Wednesday night, I’ll be participating in a panel discussion of the Common Core State Standards for Bookbuilders of Boston. Other panelists include Simmons GSLIS prof Amy Pattee and educational publishing consultant Steve Pekich; the program runs from 6:00-8:00PM at 501 Boylston Street in Copley Square. Bring ID to get […]

Boston-area children’s lit events for October

five little monkeys trick or treat

Somehow it’s already mid-October; can you believe it? The beginning of fall is a whirlwind time here at the Horn Book as we prepare for and then host the annual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. It was lovely to see many of you at these events last weekend; if […]

Children’s Books Boston kick-off event recap

Simmons ChLit alumnae Jessica Yodis, Shoshana Flax, Janet Daniels, and Amy Cherrix

Last Thursday’s Children’s Books Boston kick-off party at Simmons College was a fantastic success, with nearly 300 Boston-area publishers, authors and illustrators, reviewers, agents, librarians, booksellers, and children’s literature academics in attendance. After an introduction by each of the CBB partners — Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge, The Horn Book, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Simmons College Center […]

Boston-area children’s lit events in September

listening for lucca

After a somewhat quiet summer on the event front, September is back in full swing with events for just about every reader! Here’s a selection of what’s coming up. Don’t miss our handy new calendar of Boston-area happenings; email cbb@hbook.com to submit events. Tonight, September 3rd, at Wellesley Book, Natick author Suzanne LaFleur (Love, Aubrey, […]

Show and Tell: Curating “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter”

why childrens books matter

Not quite two years ago, The New York Public Library asked me to curate an exhibition about children’s books for its central  gallery, the grand 4,500-square-foot space that lies just beyond the Library Lions (the main Fifth Avenue entrance-way) and Astor Hall. I would have a research assistant, a work area, my choice of designers, […]

“Myth, Magic, and Making Stuff Up” with Mr. Gaiman

neil-gaiman-2013

On Saturday, August 3rd, fellow Horn Booker Shara and I had the pleasure of attending Neil Gaiman’s lecture “Myth, Magic, and Making Stuff Up” at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Being a devoted Gaimanphile, I managed to snatch up tickets in the brief hours before they sold out — in April! Neil’s work — from […]

Jack Gantos at the Simmons Summer Institute

jack gantos at simmons

To conclude the 2013 Children’s Literature Institute at Simmons, local author and Newbery Award winner Jack Gantos spoke about the first and last love letters a person writes and receives. According to Gantos, “the first love letters are the ones you write to yourself.” As a child, he was inspired by the ultimate journal keeper […]