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“Be a Robin Reader”

It was hard for the family and friends of Horn Book contributor Robin Smith to say goodbye to her after her death from bone cancer in late June, but we gathered to do so in Nashville in mid-July of this year. There were lots of tears as friends, family, colleagues, and many of her current […]

Reading Is LIT: How a Classroom Project Can Impact an Entire Community

As a school librarian, I strongly believe in the importance of books as mirrors and windows for students, especially with so many divisive things happening in our society. Using these sorts of books in the classroom helps to start tough dialogue that’s necessary for educators and students alike. That doesn’t happen all the time with […]

On Robin Smith

The Horn Book family is mourning the loss of one of our own, the inimitable Robin Smith who passed away last week after a battle with bone cancer. In addition to her day job as a second-grade teacher at the Ensworth School in Nashville, Robin was a longtime Magazine reviewer and contributor as well as […]

On Robin Smith’s “Teaching New Readers to Love Books” (from 2003)

“Despite the pressures of parents and the winds of educational change, I do not teach children to read because it is good for them. To me, books are not meant to be the path to Harvard or even the best high school. I do not think of them as ‘tools for learning,’ a phrase I […]

Hbook Podcast 2.5 – The Headmaster and Literary Fast Food

Siân and Roger chat about one headmaster’s desire to keep “literary fast food” out of classroom libraries. And skipping pages. They also talk a lot about skipping pages. Books we talk about CHERUB series by Robert Muchamore Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer “The Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey […]

On “These children need a champion” (from 2015)

“Dr. Jiménez deserves to have the school named after him, but even more than that, our students need it. I’ve been an aide in this school district for twenty-six years, and I’ve seen how much these children need a champion. They need someone to relate to, someone from the same background who has succeeded, to […]

On Robin Smith’s “A Letter to Parents” (from Sept/Oct 2006)

When it comes to second-grade reading, veteran teacher Robin Smith has seen it all. As the parent of a second grader, I have seen many things that we won’t go into, but seeing my eight-year-old reading voraciously isn’t one of them. I know he can read; if given the choice, however, he prefers not to. […]

School’s first day and yours

The first day of school is coming soon! Here are some resources from The Horn Book to make it a great one. August 2016: “What Makes a Good School Story?” From the Editor Five Questions for Adam Rex and Christian Robinson about School’s First Day of School Recommended School Stories: Picture Books Recommended School Stories: […]

HBook Podcast – Your Stories

Are you a teacher or librarian? We want to hear from you! What fabulous books do you use in the classroom or during story time? Why? Send a 30 second audio clip to podcast@hbook.com telling us what books you love, what books you find useful, or what books you’ve discovered recently and we’ll play your suggestions in […]

Two reminders

Make sure you’re in attendance at Lolly’s Classroom, which today takes on the topic of book reports that are a) fun for kids and b) not too much work for Teacher. Also, I hope you can come to our Children’s Books Boston event tomorrow night (rescheduled from last week), where I’m joined by Martha Parravano, […]