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

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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

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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

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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, […]

Lolly’s new blog

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The bell has rung at Lolly’s Classroom, so go on over for some talk about real books in real classrooms with real kids. In addition to her work here as our designer and production manager, Lolly Robinson teaches teachers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This year she has enrolled her students and former […]

How to publish for the CCSS

Ha ha, not really. I hope everybody is getting some use out of our latest newsletter, Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book. I’ve been thinking about NF a lot since ALA, where I spent two solid days talking to publishers about what they were planning for the coming year(s). Along with inflicting upon the world […]

Will this be on the test?

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I’d like to have been at this NYPL panel on nonfiction put together by Betsy Bird. The four panelists are among the best of our nonfiction writers, and I would have loved to ask them how their  job prospects were looking under the Common Core State Standards. With the CCSS (have we agreed this is […]

Teacher books

Tonight we are going to see a middle-school performance of my friend Ronn Smith’s stage adaption of Avi’s Nothing But the Truth. I love that book and have always been a sucker for books about teachers–Christy, To Sir, With Love, Dibs: In Search of Self and Up the Down Staircase were the favorites of my […]

Not an Essay

A special guest article by Kadir Nelson, originally published in the September/October 2008 issue of Horn Book Magazine.