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Archives for August 2011

Starred Books – September/October 2011

See the list of starred books from the September/October 2011 Horn Book Magazine.

It begins…

Hello to all from blog newbies Robin and Lolly! When Roger Sutton asked us to helm a Heavy Medal companion blog, was there any chance we would refuse? Absolutely not! We both have inside knowledge about the workings of the Caldecott Committee, some of which we’ll share with you over the next four months as […]

New World Coming

A new website, anyway, launching next Tuesday, September 6th (fingers, legs, eyes, toes, etc. crossed). The address remains the same––but the look will be livelier and the navigation easier. This blog will be at (likewise for /outofthebox) and don’t forget our new blog debuting that day, /callingcaldecott. One thing I’m most looking forward to […]

Being a grown-up can be fun

In comedian Weird Al Yankovic’s picture book debut, When I Grow Up, eight-year-old Billy enthusiastically discusses his many (mostly improbable) career options, from “snail trainer” to “friendly mortician” to “giraffe milker.” The app adaptation (HarperCollins, June 2011) takes this tale a step further — augmenting Weird Al’s text and Wes Hargis’s illustrations with simple, but […]

Annual Carle Honors announced

Each year, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art “pays tribute to those individuals who are dedicated to the art of the picture book and its integral role in art appreciation and early literacy” with their Carle Honors.  The 2011 honorees are Artist: Lois Ehlert Angel: Jeanne Steig Mentor: Michael di Capua Bridge: Karen […]

>The cake she baked

> Simmons gal Susan Bloom made this delicious wedding cake for us, chocolate with praline frosting. YUM. While it is true that I am taller than Richard, I am represented by the little faux-Hummel guy in the bow tie (whose head fell off when we washed him; sorry Kitty) while the tall man is an […]

Horn Book Magazine: September/October 2011

Table of Contents for the Septembe/October 2011 issue of The Horn Book Magazine


> I married him.

Modelling opportunity for blue-eyed brunettes

While editing my reviews for the upcoming Fall 2011 Horn Book Guide, Elissa spotted these: From the last Guide: Apparently, the heroine of a paranormal YA romance must be an extra-pale, blue-eyed brunette with her hair in her (partial) face—at least, if I’m going to review it.

All steamed up

As my friend and fellow blogger observed not long ago, “steam is so hot right now.”  This year has seen a mind-boggling number of steampunk-themed events in the northeast alone: International Steampunk City, which took over the town of Waltham for a weekend; a book tour for The Steam­punk Bible; an exhibit on steampunk aesthetic […]