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Week in Review, June 18th-22nd

This week on hbook.com… One year ago we said goodbye to contributor and Friend of the Horn Book Robin Smith, whom Editor in Chief Roger Sutton rightly called “one of the best things to ever happen to The Horn Book.” Read some of her insightful, … [Read More...]

#ALAAC18 Horn Book Booth 1425

Visit The Horn Book Booth 1425 at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans #ALAAC18! We've got posters by Caldecott winner* Matthew Cordell and other goodies. On Monday morning you can pick up your copy of the July/August Horn Book Magazine: Special … [Read More...]

Calling all fall internship applicants!

Interested in learning more about the children’s book industry, book reviewing, or how magazines and review journals operate? A Horn Book internship is a great place to start. Our editorial interns are an invaluable help in managing the gazillion … [Read More...]

Caribbean American Heritage Month 2018

June is Caribbean American Heritage Month -- which celebrates “the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States” -- and this week (June 18-22) is the twentieth annual Caribbean American … [Read More...]

Crossing bridges, turning pages

Mothering my seven children often inspires my writing, but I’ve made it a policy to avoid writing publicly about specific struggles I have with them. Growing up is hard enough, and I worry that real openness could amount to betrayal or worse. All to … [Read More...]

Blogs

What lies beneath

Pursuant to that Trump biography, over on Facebook Sarah Hamburg told me about a really perceptive article about biographies for young people. "George Washington and Slavery: Going Beyond Picture Books to Teach About Our Flawed Founders,"* written by … [Read More...]

Week in Review

Week in Review, June 18th-22nd

This week on hbook.com… One year ago we said goodbye to contributor and Friend of the Horn Book Robin Smith, whom Editor in Chief Roger Sutton rightly called “one of the best things to ever happen to The Horn Book.” Read some of her insightful, … [Read More...]

Haiku: A Small Poem with Great Potential

snow melting the village brimming over… with children! --Issa (1763-1828) (translated by David Lanoue) Yes, I was taught that a haiku, a short poem that originated in Japan centuries ago, was supposed to consist of three lines of five, seven, … [Read More...]

June Picture Books on the Radar

Happy June, everyone! We hope you're all staying cool and are lucky enough to have at least a little bit of down time this summer. We are here to check in, as we've been doing all of this year, to see what’s being published this month and what looks … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

Review of The Flying Girl: How Aída de Acosta Learned to Soar

The Flying Girl: How Aída de Acosta Learned to Soar by Margarita Engle; 

illus. by Sara Palacios Primary    Atheneum    40 pp. 3/18    978-1-4814-4502-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-4503-0    $10.99 In this slightly fictionalized account (with brief invented dialogue) Engle and Palacios introduce readers to Aída de Acosta (1884–1962), who defied the sexist attitudes of her era to learn to pilot dirigibles. Lilting, intermittently rhyming text shows teenage Aída’s curiosity, as she … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

Sesame Street app review

Can you tell me how to get to…tons of wonderful educational videos and games for preschoolers? Just like the neighborhood itself, the Sesame Street companion app (Sesame Workshop, 2014; iOS and Android) is the place to be: a free account gives a child access to a large selection of games as well as new and classic (ad-free) video clips from the television show. The home screen offers a handful of featured videos and games. Below that, large icons link to additional videos organized by topic … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

Caribbean American Heritage Month 2018

June is Caribbean American Heritage Month -- which celebrates “the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States” -- and this week (June 18-22) … [Read More...]

Review of The Flying Girl: How Aída de Acosta Learned to Soar

The Flying Girl: How Aída de Acosta Learned to Soar by Margarita Engle; 

illus. by Sara Palacios Primary    Atheneum    40 pp. 3/18    978-1-4814-4502-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-4503-0    … [Read More...]

Review of I Have Lost My Way

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman High School    Viking    258 pp.    g 3/18    978-0-425-29077-4    $18.99 A chance meeting leads to intimate connections for three struggling … [Read More...]

“To Be Great, Heroic or Beautiful”: The Enduring Legacy of The Brownies’ Book

Heretofore the education of the Negro child has been too much in terms of white people. All through school life his text-books contain much about white people and little or nothing about his own race. … [Read More...]

Review of Goldfish on Vacation

Goldfish on Vacation by Sally Lloyd-Jones; illus. by Leo Espinosa Primary    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp.    g 4/18    978-0-385-38611-1    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-385-38612-8    … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

Five questions for 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña

In this year's Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award winner, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (Getty, 12 years and up), author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña seamlessly blend … [Read More...]

2018 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Award winners extras

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Boston Globe Foundation president Emily Procknal announced the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 31st, 2018, via Facebook Live. A winner and … [Read More...]

2018 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners extras

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Boston Globe Foundation president Emily Procknal announced the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 31st, 2018, via Facebook Live. A winner and … [Read More...]

Interviews

Eoin Colfer Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by While we think of Eoin Colfer mainly … [Read More...]

Five questions for 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña

In this year's Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award winner, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (Getty, 12 years and up), author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña seamlessly blend … [Read More...]

Minh Lê & Dan Santat Talk with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by In Drawn Together, a young boy isn't … [Read More...]

Five questions for Jessica Love

In Jessica Love's picture book Julián Is a Mermaid (Candlewick, 4–7 years), the little-boy protagonist daydreams about becoming a mermaid. Left to his own devices, he fashions a mermaid costume from … [Read More...]

Christina Collins Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by Elise had long been homeschooled by … [Read More...]

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