Here they come. Down the Street. You can hear. Their little feet.

tripods2014

The Tripods, which we discussed a few weeks ago, are back in a new edition. I’m not sure how I feel about the covers. The original U.S. covers have a spooky coolness to them while the latest iteration is more literal. But there have been two or three (how does one count these?) generations of […]

And straight on ’til morning

finding neverland musical

The other day my friend’s four-year-old daughter asked me, “Guess what I wished for?” I was a little nervous about this — after all, isn’t it bad luck to tell others your wish? — but she insisted. “A puppy? A pony? A baby elephant?” “No, it wasn’t an animal at all. It was the second […]

Links we love

madeline cake

We’re on Twitter — follow us @HornBook (and Roger Sutton at @RogerReads), then come say hi! This week we shared these kidlit-related links: Beautiful Propaganda Posters Honor the Districts in The Hunger Games (Design Taxi) Classic Kids’ Books Cakes (Cake Wrecks) Ten Things that Make an Editor Stop Reading Your Manuscript (Elizabeth Law Reads blog) […]

This Star Won’t Go Out

earl_this star won't go out

I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I did not know much about Esther Grace Earl when I began reading her diaries — which seemed a tad voyeuristic on my part. This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Earl (with her parents Lori and Wayne Earl) collects Esther’s musings and drawings, which span […]

Word to the wise

soho teen2

With moving day just around the corner, we’ve been spending our days cleaning out old drawers, packing boxes, ordering new stationery, etc., etc. And as we update our contact info for publishers, reviewers, and contributors, it just seems like an appropriate time to reiterate some of our submission guidelines for review copies. First and foremost, […]

Dear Teen Me

Dear Teen Me

Writing to our younger, naive selves with words of wisdom? It’s a simple concept that’s presented brilliantly on DearTeenMe.com and in the paperback anthology Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves (Zest Books, October 2012), edited by E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally. Big name YA authors address their teenage versions on […]

Rookie Yearbook One

Rookie Yearbook One

I’ve been a steadfast follower of blogger Tavi Gevinson and her fashion/feminist escapades for years now, so perhaps I am a biased reader, but I absolutely loved Rookie Yearbook One (Drawn & Quarterly, September 2012), a massive compilation of all of Rookie Mag‘s brightest moments. Rookie Magazine, an online magazine aimed at teenage girls, was […]

Bookish Boston: upcoming children’s author events

The Diviners by Libba Bray

September is a good month for readers in the Boston area! Last week, Moonbird author Phillip Hoose signed at Porter Square Books in Cambridge. There’s lots more to come, so get out your calendar! Tomorrow,  September 21, Printz award winner Libba Bray will be speaking and signing at the Brookline Public Library. The event begins […]

In memoriam

titanic notebook

Brave and determined intern Ariel tackled a project of massive proportions: building a 27-inch paper model of The Titanic in honor of this week’s centennial. The model pieces and instructions are included in The Titanic Notebook: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Ship by Claire Hawcock (Insight Editions, March). Though the browse-worthy Notebook is […]

Only the best for The New Yorker

Kalman New Yorker cover March 2012

…and for The Horn Book Guide! Maira Kalman, whose art from Why We Broke Up graces our new Spring Guide, also just illustrated her thirteenth New Yorker cover.      Check out these Fuse #8 and Seven Impossible Things posts for Betsy Bird’s and Jules Danielson’s intriguing explorations of the connections between children’s illustrators and The New […]