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Review of Say Hello, Sophie!

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Say Hello, Sophie! by Rosemary Wells; illus. by the author Preschool    Viking    32 pp. 3/17    978-1-101-99925-7    $17.99    g This endearing mouse family’s fifth book highlights a new hiccup in big sister Sophie’s development that many parents and children will recognize: she cannot bring herself to say expected social niceties like […]

Hbook Podcast 2.7 – A Conversation with Lolly Robinson and Maung Nyeu

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Something a little different today! Creative Director Lolly Robinson chats with Maung Nyeu about his project, Our Golden Hour, and picture books in translation. Links! https://ourgoldenhour.org/ http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/2016/0121/Maung-Nyeu-is-helping-his-people-put-their-language-and-stories-on-record http://southasiainstitute.harvard.edu/2015/06/saving-a-culture-book-by-book/ http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/06/130628-endangered-languages-scripts-bangladesh-indigenous-cultures-world/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03ttrpb

With a little help from their friends

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We could all use a reminder that there is kindness in the world — as well as a reminder to extend kindness to others. These new picture books for young children show how small gestures of generosity can make a big difference. A woman bakes a special batch of red heart-shaped cookies and sends them […]

Love the Earth 2017

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Earth Day and the March for Science are coming up on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The following picture books introduce children to some of the challenges facing our Earth, and provide suggestions to help on a scale they can manage. For more on this topic, see Kathleen T. Isaacs’s Horn Book Magazine article “Fostering Wonder.” […]

Review of Charlotte and the Rock

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Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin; illus. by Samantha Cotterill Preschool, Primary    Dial    32 pp. 3/17    978-1-101-99389-7    $16.99    g “Charlotte wanted a pet. She didn’t care what kind of pet.” However, she doesn’t expect the pet her parents enthusiastically surprise her with on her sixth birthday: a rock. […]

Some writer, artist, friend!

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I hope you’ll join me for the 2017 Zena Sutherland Lecture, to be held on Friday, May 5 at 7:30PM at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago. Our lecturer is the wonderful Melissa Sweet; her chosen topic is “To Inform and Delight: The Elements of Story.” Tickets are free but you gotta reserve your […]

Review of Town Is by the Sea

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 Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz; illus. by Sydney Smith Primary    Groundwood    56 pp. 4/17    978-1-55498-871-6    $19.95 “From my house, I can see the sea. It goes like this — house, road, grassy cliff, sea. And town spreads out, this way and that.” There’s a distilled, haiku-like quality to […]

Sydney Smith on Town Is by the Sea

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In our March/April 2017 issue, our editors asked illustrator Sydney Smith about his illustrations for quiet new picture book Town Is by the Sea. Read the full starred review. Horn Book Editors: The illustrations help pace the story so beautifully. How did this book come together among text, art, and design? Sydney Smith: Joanne Schwartz’s […]

Out of Wonder

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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets is an unusual book: a collection of original poems by three contemporary poets celebrating the work of twenty established poets, from Rumi to Gwendolyn Brooks to Naomi Shihab Nye. Just looking at the cover is enough to see that illustrator Ekua Holmes (winner of, among other awards, a 2015 Caldecott Honor for […]

Women in the visual arts

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We’re commemorating Women’s History Month in typical Horn Book fashion — by highlighting great books! Last week we recommended books about groundbreaking women in STEM; here are some recent picture-book biographies (plus one memoir and one tribute anthology) of innovative female visual artists. Today brought some good news regarding women and art: it’s just been […]