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Always something there to remind me

Here is the sole note I took during last weekend’s “(im)possible dreams,” Simmons College’s Summer Institute, but for the life of me I cannot recall what it was intended to recall. Any ideas? Candy? Neal? Luckily, Shoshana was also there and can give you a fuller account. And I will take this opportunity to remind […]

2017 Simmons Summer Institute: (im)possible dreams

This past weekend was the biannual Summer Children’s Literature Institute at Simmons College, this year titled (im)possible dreams. The Institute began Thursday evening with a conversation between journalist Callie Crossley of WGBH and artist Ekua Holmes. Ekua created the event’s logo as well as the art in the Trustman Gallery’s July exhibit (and, of course, […]

And the world will be better for this

I hope I see some of you this weekend at Simmons’ Summer Children’s Literature Institute, (im)possible dreams. I had the coffee the other day with BPL children’s services manager Farouqua Abuzeit, and she reminded me she had been a student in a Simmons Institute I led almost thirty years ago, Masquerade. That was my introduction […]

Thank you, David

Former director of Simmons’s Center for the Study of Children’s Literature and Horn Book Magazine reviewer Susan Bloom’s husband David died this week at the age of 91, and I wanted to take a minute to pay tribute to him and all the (what we call locally) Horn Book Husbands, those otherwise sensible men married to […]

Civic Engagement Fair at Simmons

Thanks to Simmons for hosting a Civic Engagement Fair today, featuring: the Boston Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement, City Hall to Go Truck, Emerge MA, Fenway Alliance, League of Women Voters MA, MA Commission on the Status of Women, Mayor’s Neighborhood Liaison for the Fenway, and the Simmons Office of Community Engagement. Plus? Free Ben […]

Harry Potter’s World, right on our doorstep

As you may have surmised if you keep up with the Horn Book, there are quite a few Harry Potter fans among us. So when we saw that our host campus, Simmons College, had a Harry Potter exhibit in its Beatley Library, we knew we had to stop by. This traveling National Library of Medicine […]

“What do you think of my labyrinth?”

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 […]

Haunted home

With the theme “Homecoming,” Simmons College’s Center for the Study of Children’s Literature held its biennial Institute this weekend; the Horn Book staff provides an excellent summary. (And Shoshana Flax has written a poem in its honor, too.) The funniest moment was when Jack Benny Gantos quipped about Go Set a Watchman, whose publication, he said […]

2015 Simmons Summer Institute: Homecoming

What an invigorating weekend here on the Simmons College campus, as current students, alums, authors, illustrators, teachers, librarians, academics, booksellers, book lovers, etc., etc., etc., came together for the 2015 Summer Children’s Literature Institute: Homecoming. Some highlights are below, and in no particular order. We know. We tried to make it brief. But we just […]

Goodnight Paresky Room

With apologies to Margaret Wise Brown, a recap of Homecoming inspired by the homiest book of them all. In the Paresky room, there were tweeting phones and thought balloons with pictures of the places we’ve dwelt, and with whom. There were dogs and bears,1 and familiar chairs, and pulses2 that quicken at art, not at […]