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Archives for October 2011

Tweeting with the cool kids

On Wednesday night, Katie and I attended (virtually) Ruckus Media and SLJ’s Librarians and Digital Storytelling Twitter Party, a lively hour of fast-paced discussion on the practical uses of e-books and apps. Read Ruckus’s wrap-up (linked above) or relive the event at #ruckusslj on Twitter. Many thanks to our hosts for organizing and for the invitation to participate. The discussion provided much food for thought. Katie and I […]

Why Books? — The Zena Sutherland Lecture

It is an honor to have been asked to talk about books while they still exist. (Spoiler alert: next year’s Sutherland lecturer will be a downloadable app.)

And that, my friends, is the key to my current two-word existential dilemma: “Why books?”

In the past it was enough to say that if you get a book into a kid’s hands, you’re creating a “lifelong reader.” But why does that matter? Do we really want “lifelong readers”? Shouldn’t they at least get to take occasional bathroom breaks? Why is this extraneous question here in the middle of these other ones? And, what does reading do that makes it so special?

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

So, our loquacious friends at Heavy Medal are burning up the internet talking about a picture book, Kadir Nelson’s Heart and Soul. Do read that discussion and then ask the big question, “Is this a picture book or an illustrated book?” I know, half of you are rolling your eyes and saying, “Isn’t that the […]

Video from BGHB Awards — September 30, 2011

The 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book award ceremony has been divided into twelve YouTube video segments. For more images, visit our page of photos from the ceremony, book signing, and The Horn Book at Simmons colloquium.

Oh! Canada!

Greenhaven Press publishes an exhaustive number of books about contemporary social problems. Series titles include: At Issue, Issues That Concern You, Social Issues Firsthand, Issues on Trial, Current Controversies, Opposing Viewpoints, Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints, Global Viewpoints, Perspectives on Modern World History, etc. Topics cover everything from teenage pregnancy to drug abuse, human trafficking, […]

Review of Zombie Mommy

Mrs. Gefelty, Lily’s mom — worried now that Lily has begun appearing as a book character along with her longtime adventure-series-hero friends Jasper Dash and Katie — has figured out the perfect solution to her metafictive problem. Having noticed that mothers in children’s novels tend to die or disappear, she’s decided to retreat to a safe haven — only it’s not quite as safe as she thinks…

Calling all interns!

There’s still time to apply for the Horn Book’s two spring 2012 editorial internship positions! Please visit the “Employment” section of our website for more information about our internships and how to apply. The deadline is November 15.

Books to give you chills

…and maybe chuckles!  Here are some of our favorite recent Halloween reads, including scary and not-so-scary stories alike.

Halloween Reading

The books recommended below were published within the last several years. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.   PICTURE BOOKS Suggested grade level listed with each entry. Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara (Roaring Brook) After moving into a haunted house, a young witch hops on her broom […]

Giving Thanks

From the first day, George proved himself possessed of two utterly disarming traits: an insatiable intellectual curiosity and a love for Italian leather shoes that bordered on the fanatical, even for a fox terrier. I had found a soul mate. This said, after he most deliberately—and ironically—devoured a pair of Ferragamo kitten heels, decisive action […]