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Week in Review, October 8th – 12th

This week on hbook.com… 2018 BGHB celebration roundup October 2018 Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Kate DiCamillo on Louisiana's Way Home, middle-grade novels about finding — or making — home, primary illustrated poetry collections, … [Read More...]

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 inspiring acceptance speeches) in the January/February … [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 staff and other attendees. See a slideshow of … [Read More...]

Hello Lighthouse

I like to believe that over ten years of reading books aloud to children has provided me with a strong sense of the ones that will capture not just their attention but also (and perhaps more importantly) their hearts and minds. The books they beg me … [Read More...]

Jewish Books, Jewish Families

When I was growing up in the 1960s, my family had a book given to us by cousins who had outgrown children’s books. (There are people who do that!). What the Moon Brought by Sadie Rose Weilerstein, illustrated by Mathilda Keller, was first released in … [Read More...]

Blogs

Friday Night Lights

We held our fiftieth-something Boston Globe Horn Book Awards at Simmons University last Friday night, and if the conversation among the guests was any indication, we had the advantage as a comparison-gainer: "At least something good is happening … [Read More...]

Week in Review

Week in Review, October 8th – 12th

This week on hbook.com… 2018 BGHB celebration roundup October 2018 Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Kate DiCamillo on Louisiana's Way Home, middle-grade novels about finding — or making — home, primary illustrated poetry collections, … [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...]

Hello Lighthouse

I like to believe that over ten years of reading books aloud to children has provided me with a strong sense of the ones that will capture not just their attention but also (and perhaps more importantly) their hearts and minds. The books they beg me … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

Review of The Ghostly Carousel: Delightfully Frightful Poems

The Ghostly Carousel: Delightfully Frightful Poems by Calef Brown; illus. by the author Primary    Carolrhoda    32 pp. 8/18    978-1-5124-2661-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5415-2468-2    $17.99 Brown (Soup for Breakfast, rev. 3/09; Hypnotize a Tiger, rev. 3/15) gives his quirky, funny verse and art a spooky twist here with seventeen poems celebrating ghosts, witches, demons, and even fondue-eating cannibals (who love to dip “fingers in cheese”; cheese comes up again in “Insect Pie,” … [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 Ghostly Carousel: Delightfully Frightful Poems

The Ghostly Carousel: Delightfully Frightful Poems by Calef Brown; illus. by the author Primary    Carolrhoda    32 pp. 8/18    978-1-5124-2661-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5415-2468-2    … [Read More...]

Review of Hey, Kiddo

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka; illus. by the author Middle School, High School    Graphix/Scholastic    320 pp.    g 10/18    978-0-545-90247-2    $24.99 Paper ed.  978-0-545-90248-9    … [Read More...]

Girls, ghosts, and ghouls

In four new shiver-inducing middle-school and YA novels perfect for the Halloween season, young women come face-to-face with the restless dead, who are variously mindless and hungry or self-aware and … [Read More...]

Poetry with pictures

These illustrated poetry collections touch on a variety of topics — from the everyday to the prehistoric to the supernatural — but all provide inviting ways to introduce primary readers to … [Read More...]

Finding home

Four novels for middle-grade readers feature memorable and likable protagonists who face economic hardship, homelessness, and prejudice in addition to the usual challenges of growing up. For an … [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

Five questions for Kate DiCamillo

Fans of Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale will remember Louisiana Elefante as the perceptive friend (and orphaned daughter of trapeze artists) who reassures the others: “We’ll rescue each other.” In … [Read More...]

Kiersten White 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 You might not remember Elizabeth … [Read More...]

Jennifer A. Nielsen 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 Although Jennifer A. Nielsen has … [Read More...]

Sylvia Acevedo 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 her middle-grade memoir Path to the … [Read More...]

Fall 2018 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Ketch Secor

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

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