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Archives for January 2011

Ruminations on Room

A while back Little, Brown sent us a copy of Emma Donoghue‘s grown-up novel Room, with a note saying they’re hoping to increase the novel’s readership. An international bestseller since its publication in August, Room‘s readers are already millions strong — what LB is looking for with a Horn Book review is not a larger […]

>What did they do, flip a coin?

>ALA has posted the 2011 Notables and Best Fiction for Young Adults list.  I had to laugh when I looked at the latter–YALSA got rid of its supposedly ungainly Best Books for Young Adults list last year to focus on narrower lists this year, but what did we get? A YA-fiction-only list that, with 99 […]

A proud day for Amos McGee

Over at The Horn Book website, you’ll find yesterday’s ALA award winners, plus our reviews of winning titles. Congratulations to all the winners! Also, January’s Notes from the Horn Book (including five questions for Jeannie Baker, armchair-traveling novels for middle graders, “Read it again!”-worthy toddler books, nonfiction picture books, and “out-of-this-world” YA) is in your […]

>ALA 2011

>As I sit here feeling like Gomer Pyle (“Surprise, surprise, surprise!”), you can take a look at our ALA Awards page, listing all of the winners announced yesterday and, where available, Horn Book reviews of the winning titles.

Newbery shocker!

What?? Glee: The Beginning isn’t even an honor book? I know! Shocking. And I wouldn’t have even brought it up (mostly because a novel based on a TV show that’s successful due to the fabulous musical numbers doesn’t have much to offer—even if it does include a “Gleetastic Poster Inside”), but when we received ALA’s […]

The drama of the page-scroll

I have to admit to having some trepidation in reviewing children’s apps. It’s clear that book-related apps for kids are a different animal from kids’ books — but how different are they? Is what makes a good app the same as what makes a good book? Can I still talk about “the drama of the […]

From the Editor – December 2011

Notes from the Horn Book – December 2011

>Take it from the old stage manager

> who’s seen ’em come and go . . . . When I heard about the new edition of Huck Finn that cleans up Mark Twain’s pesky use of the word nigger, deja vu of a very real sort came over me. A similar bowdlerization happened at least once before, more than 25 years ago, […]

Work on volume three begins Monday!

While we don’t yet know who will start off the 2021 edition of this durable series, originally published by the Horn Book and now a joint production with ALSC and ALA, the latest collection of the Newbery and Caldecott speeches is now available. In the Words of the Winners: The Newbery and Caldecott Medals 2001-2010 […]