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Roger did NOT talk with Sarah Pieters

…because she’s not a real person. Those amazing photos are by and of Kitty Flynn, who we would NOT mess with, with that thousand-yard stare. Happy April Fools’ Day! We were inspired for this year’s joke by the work of the late Peter D. Sieruta, whose April Fools’ Day pranks had bite and whose Horn […]

On “Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader” (from 2001)

One of our most popular handouts at conferences and meetings has always been Dean Schneider and Robin Smith’s brilliant, biting “Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader“(from the March/April 2001 issue of The Horn Book Magazine). Times may have changed somewhat — “#2. Put a TV or computer in every room. Don’t neglect the […]

Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader

Click here to download Dean Schneider and Robin Smith’s classic how-(NOT)to… From the March/April 2001 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Presidents’ Day + Snow Day = President Snow Day

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!

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?

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?

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 […]

OMG

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

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?

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 […]