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When life gives you The Lemonade War

What do you do when life (or your second-grade teacher*) gives you Jacqueline Davies’s The Lemonade War? If you don’t have lemonade, you grab an open bottle of grape juice from the fridge and half-empty bag of Goldfish crackers from the cupboard and … [Read More...]

The Book That Changed My Life: Why Do I Like This Story So Much?

It was spring of my freshman year of high school. While working crew for the spring musical I’d made a new friend, a sophomore named Sarah. (She would become a lifelong friend, my only daughter’s cherished godmother.) Sarah loved books the way I do … [Read More...]

The Best Man

I was very sad to get the news that Richard Peck died late last night after a long illness which, goodness did he battle! He spent his last year doing everything he loved the best, almost all of which involved great feats of travel. Horn Book … [Read More...]

Carolyn Mackler 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 Fifteen years and half a dozen books later, Carolyn Mackler has written a sequel to … [Read More...]

The Book That Changed My Life: At Home in the Pages

My mother, now ninety — the first person who ever read poems to me — must have given me this book, but she does not remember the occasion. By the time I was seven (1959), my copy was hand-worn and familiar. I toted it proudly. At 608 pages, … [Read More...]

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The Best Man

I was very sad to get the news that Richard Peck died late last night after a long illness which, goodness did he battle! He spent his last year doing everything he loved the best, almost all of which involved great feats of travel. Horn Book … [Read More...]

Pie is for sharing

For her last day, Horn Book intern Melissa Lee baked a pie (!!!) which, of course, is for sharing! Don't miss the 2018 Summer Reading list — featuring 5Q for Stephanie Parsley Ledyard and Jason Chin about Pie Is for Sharing. … [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...]

May Picture Books on the Radar

Happy May, everyone! Is it just us or does the year feel like it's flying by? Pretty soon, we'll be at the midway mark of 2018. Before we get there, let's check in, as we've been doing all of this year, to see what’s being published this month and … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

Review of Did You Hear What I Heard?: Poems About School

Did You Hear What I Heard?: Poems About School by Kay Winters; illus by Patrice Barton Primary    Dial    40 pp.    g 2/18    978-0-399-53898-8    $16.99 Thirty-five poems cover the school year from “Bus Stop” to “Sing a Song of Summer,” with a fire drill, a snow day, April Fool’s Day, and Earth Day in between. There’s one about the excitement of spotting your teacher in the grocery store, and even the dreaded lice experience: “My head feels itchy, / switchy, twitchy. / BUGS are living … [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 Did You Hear What I Heard?: Poems About School

Did You Hear What I Heard?: Poems About School by Kay Winters; illus by Patrice Barton Primary    Dial    40 pp.    g 2/18    978-0-399-53898-8    $16.99 Thirty-five poems cover the school year … [Read More...]

Review of All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage 

Barge and Our Problem with Stuff

All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage 

Barge and Our Problem with Stuff by Meghan McCarthy; 

illus. by the author Primary    Wiseman/Simon    48 pp. 2/18    978-1-4814-7752-9    … [Read More...]

Books mentioned in the May 2018 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Psychology, emotions, and wellness Savvy: Stress-Busting Survival Guides series Andrus, Aubre  Happiness Hacks: How to Find Energy & Inspiration With Karen Bluth; illustrated by Veronica … [Read More...]

Engineering and technology

Bernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Bridge Projects Gr. K–3     32 pp.     ABDO/Super SandCastle Bernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Canal Projects Gr. K–3     32 pp.     ABDO/Super … [Read More...]

Pollution and conservation

Barker, David M.  E-Waste Middle school, high school 112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Hand, Carol  Melting Arctic Ice Middle school, high school 112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Perdew, … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

BGHB at 50: Amber and Essie and Vera and Me

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, established in 1967, we will be publishing a series of appreciations of BGHB winners and honorees from the past. This … [Read More...]

2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards acceptance speeches roundup

All week we've been posting the moving and inspiring acceptance speeches from our 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards winners. We've collected all of the speeches below, along with reviews of the … [Read More...]

Freedom Over Me: Ashley Bryan’s 2017 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

Editor’s note: Rather than writing formal speeches, Ashley Bryan speaks to what moves him at the moment in connection with an event. At the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, he led us in animated and … [Read More...]

Interviews

Carolyn Mackler 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 Fifteen years and half a dozen books … [Read More...]

Kirby Larson 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 I met Kirby Larson when she won the … [Read More...]

Five questions for Stephanie Parsley Ledyard and Jason Chin

In Pie Is for Sharing, written by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard and illustrated by Jason Chin (Porter/Roaring Brook, 4–8 years), an inclusive community gathers for a lakeside picnic as a contemplative but … [Read More...]

Alexa Donne 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 "Jane Eyre in Space," said the email … [Read More...]

Making a Difference in Our Nation’s Library: An Interview with Dr. Carla Hayden

Carla Hayden, the first female and first African American Librarian of Congress, talks with Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton — her library school classmate! — about Bright April, mirror books, … [Read More...]

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