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Halloween candy is for kids.

We were all bummed today that no one brought in any leftover Halloween candy. And then *this* arrived from our friends at Taza Chocolate…I mean Heaven: It is by far the most delicious thing to have come Out of the Box in our seven years of publication. And guess what? Today is Out of the […]

The Horn Book’s day off

After a whirlwind few weeks during which both publications’ closing dates loomed and we hosted the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony/Horn Book at Simmons colloquium weekend (which was amazing and inspiring and motivating, but not especially relaxing), we needed a break. So on Friday we played hooky and headed to Cape Ann for a day […]

2016-2017 yearbook superlatives

Summer is winding down: the weather has turned cooler (sob!) and students are starting the new school year. Get into the back-to-school mood with our senior superlatives for characters in the class of 2016–2017. What superlative would you award your favorite character? Most likely to write a bestseller: E. B. White, Some Writer!; Ezra Jack […]

Ramona + Sparrowboy = BFF

Who else imagines that these two would be friends? And maybe with him? And her! What other characters do you imagine as BFFs in Children’s Lit Land?

“Eff inappropriate”

(But you all know he didn’t say “eff.”) This (early) morning Roger was the guest speaker at Coffee and Conversation at the Cambridgeport School Library. The topic was Summer Reading, and most of you know Roger’s feelings on the subject: let ’em read what they want. “Reading has to be a voluntary engagement,” he told […]

Roger did NOT talk with Sarah Pieters

…because she’s not a real person. Those amazing photos are by and of Kitty Flynn, who we would NOT mess with, with that thousand-yard stare. Happy April Fools’ Day! We were inspired for this year’s joke by the work of the late Peter D. Sieruta, whose April Fools’ Day pranks had bite and whose Horn […]

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

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

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. Save

All a-Twitter 2017

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

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: […]