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DinoWriMo on NaNoWriMo

Dinosaur-Writing-W-Quill

“Gee, writing a whole novel in a month is a lot of work. I need a stegonographer. It’s so hard to come up with a di-plot-ocus so quickly, with a structure and a dinoument and everything. I bet the Brontësaurus sisters didn’t work like this.” For more terrible puns, click the tag DinoWriMo.

#DinoWriMo

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“It’s National Novel Writing Month!” “It’s Dinovember!” Stop! You’re both right! #DinoWriMo More to come from The Horn Book @HornBook (Spoiler alert: there will be puns. Terrible ones.) For more terrible puns, click the tag DinoWriMo.

An Open Letter from Meg Murry O’Keefe to Marty McFly

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Dear Marty, Everyone is talking about it: we’ve arrived at the point in time that you traveled to from 1985. You folded time and I walked straight across it, but we both ended up in the same place. Well, sort of. Your version of 2015 makes me think of the planet where we tessered after […]

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

austenland

“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

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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 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 […]

While the cat’s away…

sf in book fort

With our “grown-up” coworkers variously attending conferences, working from home, or out sick (get better soon, Lolly!), Siân, Shoshana, Katrina, intern Willa, and I are having a Millennials’ Day in the Office. There might be some Taylor Swift happening. A (short-lived) book fort definitely happened: (Shoshana is a good sport.)

BGHB-HBAS-Hubbub-Trivia: It’s all happening!

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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 […]