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Do we need another hero?

The plan to create a new Oscar for "outstanding achievement in popular film," meaning, it seems, superhero movies and action films, has me thinking about what that would look like in children's books. Although the Academy doesn't seem to have worked … [Read More...]

Week in Review, August 6th – 10th

This week on hbook.com… August 2018 Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: 5Q for Sergio Ruzzier on The Party and Other Stories [Fox + Chick] plus more uncommon graphic novels for beginners, picture-book bios of groundbreaking women in STEM, lies and … [Read More...]

Five questions for Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick

In new picture book Dear Substitute (Disney-Hyperion, 4–7 years), a little girl arrives at school to find her regular teacher out sick (“Dear Substitute, / Wow. This is a surprise. / What are you doing here?”). She works through the disorientation of … [Read More...]

August 2018 Horn Book Herald: Back-to-School Edition

Welcome to our back-to-school issue of The Horn Book Herald, in which we chat with Dear Substitute co-authors Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick, recommend new books for students of all ages as well as essential reading for parents and teachers, … [Read More...]

Illustrators — finally!

"Illustrators -- finally! Authors get all the credit for everything!" said my eight-year-old when I told him I was going to be spending time with a few. On Friday, July 27, I was invited to Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA, by the incomparable … [Read More...]

Blogs

Do we need another hero?

The plan to create a new Oscar for "outstanding achievement in popular film," meaning, it seems, superhero movies and action films, has me thinking about what that would look like in children's books. Although the Academy doesn't seem to have worked … [Read More...]

Week in Review

Week in Review, August 6th – 10th

This week on hbook.com… August 2018 Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: 5Q for Sergio Ruzzier on The Party and Other Stories [Fox + Chick] plus more uncommon graphic novels for beginners, picture-book bios of groundbreaking women in STEM, lies and … [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 Itchy Book

The Itchy Book [Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!] by LeUyen Pham; illus. by the author; with additional illustrations by Mo Willems Primary    Hyperion    58 pp.    g 5/18    978-1-368-00564-7    $9.99 Pham’s early reader touches on herd-mentality and nonconformity in a make-believe prehistoric setting. A turtle snoozes in front of a rock etched with the words “Dinosaurs Do Not Scratch.” “Huh. You learn something new every day,” muses a passing bespectacled dinosaur kid. With instant, … [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 The Itchy Book

The Itchy Book [Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!] by LeUyen Pham; illus. by the author; with additional illustrations by Mo Willems Primary    Hyperion    58 pp.    g 5/18    … [Read More...]

Review of Stop, Go, Yes, No!: A Story of Opposites

Stop, Go, Yes, No!: A Story of Opposites by Mike Twohy; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins   32 pp.    g 8/18    978-0-06-246933-5    $17.99 The playful and … [Read More...]

Review of Dear Substitute

Dear Substitute by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick; illus. by Chris Raschka Primary    Disney-Hyperion    40 pp. 6/18    978-1-4847-5022-3    $17.99 With her regular teacher out sick (we … [Read More...]

Five questions for Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick

In new picture book Dear Substitute (Disney-Hyperion, 4–7 years), a little girl arrives at school to find her regular teacher out sick (“Dear Substitute, / Wow. This is a surprise. / What are you … [Read More...]

August 2018 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: High School

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo HarperTeen     361 pp 3/18     978-0-06-266280-4     $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-266282-8     $9.99 Fifteen-year-old Xiomara, a self-described "brown and big and … [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

Five questions for Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick

In new picture book Dear Substitute (Disney-Hyperion, 4–7 years), a little girl arrives at school to find her regular teacher out sick (“Dear Substitute, / Wow. This is a surprise. / What are you … [Read More...]

Five Questions for Sergio Ruzzier

The Party and Other Stories [Fox + Chick] (Chronicle; 5–8 years) stars two friends whose relationship isn’t always so smooth. It looks like a picture book from the outside, but simply structured … [Read More...]

Sarah Crossan 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 Sarah Crossan's Moonrise, Joe goes … [Read More...]

An Interview with Denene Millner

In 2016 Chicago-based Agate Publishing announced the launch of a new line under its Bolden Books imprint dedicated to the work of African American authors. Writer, editor, journalist, and founder of … [Read More...]

Five questions for Catherine Gilbert Murdock

In The Book of Boy (Greenwillow, 9–12 years), we meet a young goatherd accompanying the pilgrim Secundus on his quest for relics, traveling from France to Rome in 1350. Boy is on a quest of his … [Read More...]

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