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On “Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader” (from 2001)

Unlucky Arithmetic poster download

One of our most popular handouts at conferences and meetings has always been Dean Schneider and Robin Smith’s brilliant, biting “Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader“(from the March/April 2001 issue of The Horn Book Magazine). Times may have changed somewhat — “#2. Put a TV or computer in every room. Don’t neglect the […]

Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader

Unlucky Arithmetic poster download

Click here to download Dean Schneider and Robin Smith’s classic how-(NOT)to… From the March/April 2001 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

All a-Twitter 2017

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Happy Valentine’s Day! What might characters of children’s and YA lit tweet to their valentines? We’ve got some ideas! See if you can guess who’s tweeting to whom — and feel free to add your own sweet kidlit tweets in the comments. @ALAYMA17: Who needs February? @March is where it’s at. @Icky: @Ooky iz unk […]

Three rules for successful book reviewing

Wait 'til you've refined it

The other day, I was tasked with delivering a PowerPoint about the Horn Book to our Media Source colleagues in Ohio and New York. Unfortunately for them, I had just watched the Imelda Staunton Gypsy on PBS this past weekend, and thus I had my gimmick, provided by the leading ladies of Wichita burlesque. Rule #1: […]

Disco fish

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I cannot see this new picture book (which was starred in the November/December 2016 Horn Book Mag) and not have this song in my head. Oddly fitting, given the book’s subject — evolution. “At first I was a fish / I was petrified…” Which of course makes me think of this. And so the day […]

More on the 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

Roger Sutton, Candace Fleming, and a paparazzo, Kitty Flynn. Photo: Aram Boghosian.

Five questions for 2016 BGHB Committee Chair Joanna Rudge Long Horn Book Podcast: BGHB Awards Video announcement of the winners, with Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry (it’s amazing — it makes us tear up) And just for fun… BGHB trivia My Favorite BGHB Winner: HB reviewers’ best-loved BGHB-winning books BGHB crossword puzzle by 2011 […]

2015-2016 yearbook superlatives

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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 2015–2016. What superlative would you award your favorite character? Best frints: Yelfred and Omek (Best Frints in the Whole Universe); Thunder and Lightning (Thunder Boy […]

Roger’s paper doll bow ties

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For Roger’s twentieth anniversary as The Horn Book’s editor in chief, we asked some of his favorite illustrators to decorate his favorite fashion item. Now you can, too! Click on the picture of the PDF below to print out a life-sized Roger head (illustration by Ed Briant), ideally on card stock, plus bow ties by […]

Beware the Jabberbook!

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Or don’t beware. Be excited. Picture books with made-up words that make complete sense are my new favorite trend.   There’s Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette “Kleebo” Portis (Roaring Brook, July 2016; received a starred review in the May/June 2016 Horn Book Magazine), about two residents of Boborp who have been best […]

MockingJo

MockingJo_Poster

[In anticipation of The CW’s forthcoming “gritty” adaptation of Little Women] My name is Jo March. My home is Concord, Massachusetts. I live with my mother and three sisters while my father fights in the war. No, even that’s wrong. My name is Jo March. My home is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My half-sisters and I have […]