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Presidents’ Day + Snow Day = President Snow Day

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Today some people are celebrating Presidents’ Day while others are observing “Not My President’s Day.” Because there’s still snow on the ground where we are (and for no other reason!), here are some recommended books and articles about: U.S. presidents, snow, YA dystopian literature, activism, and Hunger Games fandom. Save

Just in time for Presidents’ Day!

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I was wondering over on Facebook last week about what a series biography of our 45th president might look like, and my prayers have been answered. AS IF. But there is a new biography of Trump and I thought you all would want to know about it. Written by Diane Marczely Gimpel and published by […]

Crawl into a cave with a book, maybe?

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Over on the Horn Book’s Family Reading blog, Kitty and Elissa are inviting you to share your stories about and strategies for helping children through what promises to be a difficult time for our country. Also see our latest booklist, “Making a Difference,” for some inspiration. I won’t pretend that I can think of anything […]

The next great American theme park?

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The Hunger Games is being made into a theme park. Amazon is opening a brick-and-mortar book store. It seems certain that the apocalypse is nigh. Before that happens, though, I have some ideas for kid’s-book-based theme parks, too: Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet This park is particularly interactive because the price of admission is a loved […]

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Here are two new YA books about the Rapture, starring teen girls. “It’s the end of the world as we know it / And Vivian Apple and Abigail feel fiiiine.”   

I don’t THINK anyone is trying to hunt me down

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Last weekend my friend Lori was in town and we took the dogs for a walk in the schoolyard across the street. Three tween girls were hanging out on the jungle gym and as we passed they started whispering ostentatiously in our direction and laughing meanly. ‘Girls that age” said Lori, a middle-school math teacher […]

Does one size fit all?

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Leonard Marcus gave a swell talk about Robert McCloskey last night, but what’s really sticking with me is a response he gave to a question at the end about ebooks. Size matters, he essentially said, when it comes to picture books and other books for young children. Of course, we all know this, but I […]

Moving moment No. 6

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Ooh, who remembers this one? In 1982, the library systems of Chicago, Milwaukee, and San Francisco banned Margot Zemach’s Jake and Honeybunch Go to Heaven from their collections (Chicago, from where I followed the whole story avidly, did include it in its two regional research libraries). Unlike the headlines, still popular today, that too-loosely use […]

Well, this bites

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Here at the Horn Book we’ve gotten used to publishers sending us off-the-wall books. But this week even we were taken aback when we lifted the flap of a box and found this volume sitting on top of the stack: As Bertha Mahony Miller might have said:  WTF? Was this a sequel to our newly-crowned […]

Yes, but look at $9.99 upside-down

Amazon.com’s announcement that it is acquiring Marshall Cavendish‘s trade book department is making me think again about last week’s blogosphere discussion re bloggers and publishers and review copies. In that conversation, Pam Coughlan (Mother Reader), rightfully decrying William Morrow’s graceless attempts to make bloggers jump through hoops in order to receive free ARCs, asked, “Can […]