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Week in Review: June 27th-July 1st

This week on hbook.com… All week we’ve been celebrating the 2016 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators. Here are the winners’ acceptance speeches and profiles; stay tuned for more next week! Matt de la Peña’s Newbery acceptance speech for Last Stop on Market Street Profile of Matt de la Peña by Jennifer Buehler “Becoming […]

Pride Month roundup

During LGBT Pride Month, we celebrate triumphs — and mourn tragedies — in the LGBTQIA+ community. Here are the Horn Book resources we’ve shared throughout the month. “Happy Pride Month!” (Out of the Box, June 6th, 2016) “Five Gay Picture-Book Prodigies and the Difference They’ve Made” by Barbara Bader (March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine) Editorial: […]

Louder and prouder

At the beginning of this month, I drafted a blog post for use “at some point during Pride Month.” In that post I compared the experience of finding queer characters a few years ago with that of finding them today, and marveled at the speed of positive change. I said that we had further to […]

Transgender lives

Last November Ellen Wittlinger — author of Parrotfish, the first young adult novel starring a transgender protagonist — took a second look at her groundbreaking book and concluded: “Parrotfish Needed an Update: The Rapidly Changing Language of Transgender Awareness.” Along with her article, we posted a roundup of available books for children and teens featuring […]

Week in Review, June 20th-24th

This week on hbook.com… Christopher Myers’s powerful essay “Orlando”: “We walk in, by ones or twos, flash IDs, and smiles. If you are lucky the dance floor is already crowded and you can simply slip between the sounds, into the movement…” From the July/August Horn Book Magazine: Table of Contents Roger Sutton’s editorial “Last Stop, […]

Orlando

We walk in, by ones or twos, flash IDs and smiles. If you are lucky, the dance floor is already crowded and you can simply slip between the sounds, into the movement. There are colored lights spinning over skin, over carefully chosen outfits, over movements practiced in home mirrors, over moments of joy and sweat […]

Week in Review, June 13th-17th

This week on hbook.com… We were saddened to learn of author Lois Duncan’s death this week. Roger remembers her For LGBT Pride Month, we’re highlighting articles about LGBTQIA+ characters and children’s book luminaries — one a day throughout June. This week’s picks: “Transformers: Reimagining the World” by Malinda Lo (May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine: Special […]

Review of The Best Man

The Best Man by Richard Peck Intermediate, Middle School     Dial     232 pp. 9/16     978-0-8037-3839-3     $16.99     g e-book ed. 978-0-698-18973-7     $10.99 Rise and toast The Best Man, Peck’s story about Archer Magill, a boy growing from a raw dollop of kindergarten id into a functional middle-school kid, a budding citizen of the world. As a participant […]

Week in Review, June 6th-10th

This week on hbook.com… For LGBT Pride Month, we’re highlighting articles about LGBTQIA+ characters and children’s book luminaries — one a day throughout June. This week’s picks: “Five Gay Picture-Book Prodigies and the Difference They’ve Made” by Barbara Bader (March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine) Editorial: “The Difference That Made Them” by Roger Sutton (March/April 2015 […]

Five questions for Tim Federle

Tim Federle, well known for his middle-grade novels Better Nate Than Ever and its sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate! (both Simon, 8–12 years), recently published his YA debut The Great American Whatever (Simon, 14 years and up). We asked the versatile writer and Broadway veteran about his reading past and his characters’ futures, and we […]