We’ll never know

 . . . but that won’t stop speculation. While the winners (and honor books) of ALA’s Newbery and Caldecott Awards posed no surprises in themselves, everyone wants to know what happened to Mr. Tiger. As Calling Caldecott blogger Robin Smith sensibly says, it’s likely that the committee simply found four other books it liked more. […]

Jack Gantos at the Simmons Summer Institute

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To conclude the 2013 Children’s Literature Institute at Simmons, local author and Newbery Award winner Jack Gantos spoke about the first and last love letters a person writes and receives. According to Gantos, “the first love letters are the ones you write to yourself.” As a child, he was inspired by the ultimate journal keeper […]

Simmons Summer Institute: Love Letters

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From July 26th to 28th, over one hundred teachers, librarians, students, publishing professionals, academics, and children’s literature enthusiasts gathered at Simmons College for the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature’s biennial Summer Institute. This year’s theme was “Love Letters,” and each day was filled with fascinating presentations by authors, illustrators, and publishing professionals who […]

Let me give you what you’ve been waiting for

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Elissa and Katie have begun uploading our reports and photos from the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium this past weekend. Aside from having to periodically remind people to speak into their microphones, the two days went very smoothly. The highlight for me was a panel I moderated for HBAS with […]

>Shocking? I hope so.

>The Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature is gearing up for its biannual Summer Institute, this year themed “The Body Electric” and taking place July 28-July 31st. Simmons’ favorites Jackie Woodson, Jack Gantos and M.T. Anderson will be there along with a host of others; hope to see you there.

2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

The 2011 BGHB winners are: Fiction Winner: Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones (Candlewick) Honor: Chime by Franny Billingsley (Dial) Honor: Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke (Kane Miller) Nonfiction Winner: The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery by Steve Sheinkin (Flash Point/Roaring Brook) Honor: Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found […]

BGHB/HBAS Pics

While we ran a little long and no one could ever find a cab, I would have to say that our first Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards at Simmons and the next day’s first Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium went  swimmingly. Here are a few photos: Nonfiction winner Betsy Partridge channeling Miss Brodie Laurel Croza and […]

BGHB and HBAS

  We’re in the final hours of planning the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (tomorrow night) and the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium (Saturday). Thanks mainly to the super-capable and farsighted Katrina Hedeen, we seem to be on track, but last night I dreamed that Seal and Heidi Klum RSVPed late and I could not find […]

What did Liz Taylor say to the microwave?

(Anybody besides me and Elizabeth remember that joke?) But, yes, if you are thinking about signing up for the Horn Book at Simmons, hurry because we are going to run out of spaces soon.

Please Come to Boston

in the fall. We’re in the midst of planning the Horn Book at Simmons, a one day colloquium on October 2nd, focused on this year’s crop of Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners and honor books. When Cathie Mercier (Simmons College), Andrew Thorne (Media Source) and I first began planning the day, we didn’t even know […]