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Archives for December 2010

Notes from the Horn Book, Fanfare edition

The December issue of Notes from the Horn Book is out with the complete annotated Fanfare, our choices for the best books of 2010, and an interview with the Fanfared Megan Whalen Turner. Also, Anita Burkam reviews (the movie)  The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Sounds good!

>What IS truth?

>We’re working on the March/April Magazine, a special issue about non- and historical fiction. (I’m thinking we should quote Pilate for the issue title but this is mostly Martha’s baby so I’ll have to run it by her.) Anyway, there’s going to be a fabulous essay by novelist Marthe Jocelyn called “Was the Pope Old?” […]

Book or busy box?

Mike Austin’s A Present for Milo (December 2010) is Ruckus Media’s first app created expressly for the iPad and lacking a print predecessor. The story is simple: Milo, a kitten, chases a mouse through the house until they reach — surprise! — a birthday party. This is all perfectly acceptable board book material given added […]

>Yes, it’s a book, but . . .

>Lane Smith’s It’s a Book got into hot water on Boston’s North Shore when a literacy foundation tried to donate copies to 340 first graders via their schools. While I don’t buy into the harrumphing that has plagued this book’s final page I do have two cautions. One, first-graders? I think It’s a Book is […]

Freaks and Zombies

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!: Enter If You Dare! is the seventh compendium of all things bizarre, freakish, and grotesque from around the world. You know the stuff: a sculpture of an Australian actress made with 24,000 peaches, an eighteen-inch-long fingernail, mice kebabs, a turtle with two heads and six legs, a man with 240 […]

Drumroll, please!

We’re delighted to announce the 2010 Horn Book Fanfare list, our picks for the best children’s and young adult books of the year. Picture Books Mirror, written and illustrated by Jeannie Baker (Candlewick) Me and You, written and illustrated by Anthony Browne (Farrar) I Know Here, written by Laurel Croza, illustrated by Matt James (Groundwood) […]

>Fanfare 2010

>The following books have been named to the Horn Book Magazine‘s 2010 Fanfare list, our selections for the best children’s and young adult books of the year. The list will be published in next week’s Notes from the Horn Book with annotations explaining what makes each book so great. In the same issue, Martha Parravano […]

>One for the boys

>Peter asks a really good question about the William C. Morris Award for first-time YA writers. I hadn’t realized that fourteen of the fifteen shortlisted finalists thus far have been women. Given the buzz around  (and the merit of) Charles Benoit’s You, I was expecting to see that there. [Edited to read: until I discovered […]

>Field trip!

>Writer Susan Kushner Resnick pays tribute to one of our finest local institutions, the New England Mobile Book Fair.

Spring Guide preview!

The Spring 2011 Horn Book Guide will be published in April — but you can get a sneak peek now. We’ve just updated the Guide Online database with 209 new reviews of titles published from July to December 2010.