In the waves, in the water…

stella_in the waves

I’m a big fan of young sister duet Lennon & Maisy (thanks to Jen Brabander*, for introducing me to their YouTube videos!), so I was intrigued to see their new picture book In the Waves (HarperCollins, April 2015) come in. Illustrated with warm ink-and-watercolor art by Steve Björkman, the book is based on Lennon & […]

Crossover Week @ The Horn Book


“I’m reading Austenland,” said boss-man Roger Sutton one day. “It’s a grownup book by that fantasy author who won a Newbery Honor. She did those fairy-tale graphic novels too. You know? Shannon Hale.” And from there sprang Crossover Week @ The Horn Book. Because it’s not just Shannon Hale. Lots of children’s authors have written […]

2014-2015 yearbook superlatives

grad cupcake

Summer is winding down (say it ain’t so!) and the new school year is approaching. Get into the back-to-school mood with our senior superlatives for characters in the class of 2014-2015. What superlative would you award your favorite character? Best friends: Sam and Dave (Sam & Dave Dig a Hole); Pom and Pim (Where Is […]

“What do you think of my labyrinth?” part 2

moulton_keepers of the labyrinth title page

I don’t know anything about this book, but it came across my desk the other day and I had to point it out. Look: You, dear cover, are not a labyrinth. You are a puzzle. Or a maze. You look neat. Really neat. But you’re still not a labyrinth. The title page, however, has totally […]

“What do you think of my labyrinth?”

labyrinth at simmons

As many of you know, the Horn Book offices are located on the Simmons College campus. Today, looking out my window, I can see a construction crew working on Simmons’s newest addition: a labyrinth. Now, having grown up with the movie Labyrinth, it wasn’t until I took an undergraduate course at Clark University that I […]

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 […]

Easy, breezy, beautiful cover art

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I think it’s possible I’ve discovered the perfect nail polish color for reading.     That or I’m just magically super-coordinated at all times.

Apple-picking season came early

apple books

Similar to our shelf of purple-jacketed books, we spotted another mini-trend on these jacket covers. Tempted to bite into one? Careful! Some of them might be poisonous.

T for two

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Reading through the fiction reviews section of the May/June Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Transformations, I’m struck by the sudden urge for tea. One lump or two, protagonists? Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff: “I didn’t do it on purpose, obviously,” says twelve-year-old Trent Zimmerman. “Kill Jared Richards, I mean.” Cuckoo Song by Frances […]

Quiet! Roger Is Reading a Book

roger is reading a book

     I’m sure it’s a coincidence. It has to be coincidental that in the American version (Eerdmans, March 2015) of this book, the bowtied, bespectacled protagonist shares a name with our bow-tied, bespectacled boss, who also does not like to be disturbed when he’s reading. In Real Roger’s defense, although I’m sure the rest of us […]