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“Will you be my reader?”

A mysterious wooden box arrived at the office. The only clue to its contents was the note initialed “SD” woven through its simple twine bow. Upon opening it, I quickly learned who was trying to win me over with this mystery box: the queen of YA romance herself, Sarah Dessen! On the inside of the […]

Last show and tell of 2015!

When Out of the Box started over five years ago (!!), it was primarily show-and-tell-type posts: a look at what we literally pulled out of boxes we received. The scope of the blog has widened considerably since then — adding app reviews, movie reviews, event recaps, and lots more — but I still collect notable […]

The Carrot Patch comes to us

Today’s mail brought a box of (foam) carrots*, buttons, stickers, bookmarks, and a very nice note from Wolfie the Bunny author Ame Dyckman. Thanks, Ame! In our March/April Magazine, Wolfie receives a starred review and Ame tells us a bit about Wolfie’s eating habits; look for the issue in your mailbox very soon.   *I […]

New swag!

“Katie! There’s a pretty package for you!” Martha said this morning when the mail arrived. For me? Sure enough, the holographic, hot pink package was addressed to me, and inside was… a galley of Bob Shea’s early reader Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret (Disney-Hyperion, May 2015), a super-cute tote bag, and a letter addressed […]

Shhh! Top secret box

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

…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

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.

Look what arrived today from Kevin Henkes!

The Horn Book gets a cookie!

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