Shhh! Top secret box

Tomie dePaola heart

We can’t show you what’s under the pink peanuts yet, but we CAN tell you it is an original painting by Tomie dePaola which will grace the cover of our March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine. It’s also possibly the most carefully wrapped package I’ve ever received. We  Tomie!

We got swag

acorn pendant in box

…promotional swag, that is. Here are some of the more original marketing materials we’ve gotten recently. Lynne Rae Perkins’s husband handmade real acorn pendants to celebrate the release of her  middle-grade animal fantasy Nuts to You (Greenwillow, August 2014). “You’ll never sleep the same again,” promise promo items for Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller’s Nightmares! […]

Special delivery

northsouth advent calendar

We just received this lovely advent calendar — “Christmas in the Square” by Eve Tharlet — in the mail from publisher NorthSouth. What a nice surprise (and a good way to combat my case of the bah-humbugs). Thank you, NorthSouth!

We get the best mail.

henkes mail

Look what arrived today from Kevin Henkes!

The Horn Book gets a cookie!

pigeon cookies

A box from Dina Sherman at Disney-Hyperion arrived just in time for after-lunch dessert. With a label like this, clearly the contents were going to be awesome. But they were awesome even beyond our expectations: Thanks so much, Dina and Disney-Hyperion! The cookies are almost too cute to eat, but we’re all looking forward to […]

I’ll be watching you…

elf in the fridge

Elf on the Shelf sticks around post-holidays to keep an eye on our New Year’s resolutions.

Oh, cruel world

bitterblue box

The ARC of Kristin Cashore’s third Graceling book, Bitterblue, just arrived from Penguin… …packaged with paperbacks of the previous novels, Graceling and Fire. It’s tormenting Cindy and me, since we won’t have time to read Bitterblue—never mind reread the first two!—until all our Guide assignments are read and reviewed. Alas. If you’re lucky enough to […]

‘Tis the season to pig out

pretzel

One of our printers sent me a package today and it turned out to be much nicer than the usual bribe — er, holiday gift. I’m used to getting something generic and relatively useless, but this printer (Fry Communications) knows the way to our hearts: food! In the box (and now Out of the Box) […]

Clever blog post title here

alias dragonfly

Sharp-eyed intern Jamie caught this gem when opening boxes.

Grown-ups behaving badly

keep our secrets

After spending fifteen minutes rubbing pages and getting curious looks from passersby in the office (“why, yes, I am one of the new interns, and yes, I rub board book pages in my spare time; why do you ask?”), I finished reading Jordan Crane’s heat-sensitive, color-changing board book Keep Our Secrets (McSweeney’s McMullens, November). Two […]