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A Home in the Barn

Could Jerry Pinkney bring home Caldecott gold once again with his illustrations for A Home in the Barn? I don’t have a crystal ball, and even Santa (who knows everything) won’t tell me. But I do love this book. As we’ve seen, there are many stellar … [Read More...]

Holiday High Notes 2018

Deck the halls! It's time for our annual selection of fa-la-la-lots of new (and one reissued) holiday books, with reviews written by the Horn Book staff. Carols and Chaos by Cindy Anstey High School    Swoon/Feiwel    284 pp.    g 10/18    … [Read More...]

CaldeGeisel 2019

We here at Calling Caldecott are happy to welcome back the three librarians who run the show over at Guessing Geisel, the blog that celebrates beginning readers and annually runs a mock vote for the Geisel Award. Amy Seto Forrester, Amanda Foulk, and … [Read More...]

Horn Book Fanfare 2018

Here is Fanfare, the Horn Book’s annual list of the books we really loved the most. I wish I could tell you there was some more objective criteria, but there isn’t: these are the books the Horn Book editors, in consultation with our reviewers, are … [Read More...]

CaldeComics, Part Two

Today on Calling Caldecott, Alec Chunn writes about three 2018 graphic novels. This follows his October post, in which he wrote about three others. If you missed part one, it's here. — J.D. Though Elisa Gall and Jonathan Hunt made a pretty solid … [Read More...]

Blogs

Counting on You

Jason Low has announced that the Diversity Baseline survey is back. Publishers, book reviewers, agents (now with agents!) please join in. If the numbers are better than they were five years ago (and I suspect they are), the first iteration of this … [Read More...]

Week in Review

Week in Review, December 3rd – 7th

This week on hbook.com… Preview the January/February 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: original cover by Jillian Tamaki; Fanfare; 2018 BGHB Awards speeches and pics; Uma Krishnaswami on books as “prisms”; Grace Lin asks white authors to “Speak … [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...]

A Home in the Barn

Could Jerry Pinkney bring home Caldecott gold once again with his illustrations for A Home in the Barn? I don’t have a crystal ball, and even Santa (who knows everything) won’t tell me. But I do love this book. As we’ve seen, there are many stellar … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

Review of I Lost My Tooth!

I Lost My Tooth! [Unlimited Squirrels] by Mo Willems; illus. by the author Primary    Hyperion    86 pp. 10/18    978-1-368-02457-0    $12.99 Willems hands the reins of this new early reader series to fifteen cartoony squirrels, a yellow bird (a.k.a. Flappy Squirrel), and a couple of joke-telling acorns. The series is a step up in complexity from the Elephant & Piggie books and geared toward more independent readers. The nutty characters are introduced on the front endpapers, though … [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

Review of I Lost My Tooth!

I Lost My Tooth! [Unlimited Squirrels] by Mo Willems; illus. by the author Primary    Hyperion    86 pp. 10/18    978-1-368-02457-0    $12.99 Willems hands the reins of this new early reader … [Read More...]

Review of Kitten and the Night Watchman

Kitten and the Night Watchman by John Sullivan; illus. by Taeeun Yoo Preschool     Wiseman/Simon     32 pp. 9/18     978-1-4814-6191-7     $17.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4814-6192-4     $10.99 A night … [Read More...]

Holiday High Notes 2018

Deck the halls! It's time for our annual selection of fa-la-la-lots of new (and one reissued) holiday books, with reviews written by the Horn Book staff. Carols and Chaos by Cindy Anstey High … [Read More...]

Review of The Penderwicks at Last audiobook

The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall; read by Susan Denaker Intermediate     Listening Library     Rev. 7/18 7 CDs     8.37 hrs.     978-0-525-59559-5     $55.00 This closing volume in the … [Read More...]

Review of Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist

Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist by Sylvia Acevedo Intermediate, Middle School     Clarion     311 pp. 9/18     978-1-328-80956-8     $17.99 e-book ed. … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

2018 BGHB celebration roundup

We’re not done celebrating the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards just yet! Here's a roundup of our coverage of the ceremony and reception last Friday; look for more (including the moving and … [Read More...]

2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book ceremony timeline

Did you miss the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards on Friday, October 5th? Just want to relive the excitement of the ceremony? We’ve compiled a timeline of the evening’s highlights based on tweets by our … [Read More...]

BGHB18 Slideshow

The 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards were presented on Friday, October 5, 2018, at Simmons College. The ceremony was inspiring, surprising, and cathartic (what a week it was) due to the moving … [Read More...]

Interviews

Publishers’ Preview: Picture Books: Five Questions for Laura Vaccaro Seeger

This interview originally appeared in the November/December 2018 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Picture Books, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a … [Read More...]

Publishers’ Preview: Picture Books: Five Questions for Maira Kalman

This interview originally appeared in the November/December 2018 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Picture Books, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a … [Read More...]

Publishers’ Preview: Picture Books: Five Questions for Anika Aldamuy Denise and Paola Escobar

This interview originally appeared in the November/December 2018 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Picture Books, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a … [Read More...]

Five questions for Traci Sorell and Frané Lessac

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac (Charlesbridge, 5–8 years), is a lushly illustrated, through-the-seasons look at a contemporary Cherokee community's daily … [Read More...]

Erin Entrada Kelly 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 In You Go First, 2018 Newbery medalist … [Read More...]

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