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Archives for February 2012

Ripperology: Saucy Jack is back

Jack the Ripper has been creeping into children’s literature recently: Gordon Korman included him in his 2011 Titanic trilogy (Scholastic). (Incorporating a Ripper mystery aboard the famed ship now marking the 100th anniversary of its sinking? That should sell a few books.) Last September saw the release of the first book in Maureen Johnson’s exciting […]

What Would Mickey Do?

At a preconference in Anaheim this June, ALA is offering you tips on how to turn your library into a Magic Kingdom™. No, you first, I insist.  

This is a very strange list

USA Today and Scholastic Parent & Child bring you the 100 Greatest Books for Kids. Does anyone know how this list was put together? It’s an odd mix of classic titles, contemporary comers, and also-rans. And, what’s this I see, no Harriet the Spy? FINKS

Dorothy, how does that make you feel?

The formidable Kenneth Kidd explores the entwined history of children’s literature and psychoanalysis in Freud in Oz: At the Intersection of Psychoanalysis and Children’s Literature (Univ. of Minnesota, November). Essays include “Three Case Histories: Alice, Peter Pan, and The Wizard of Oz,” “’Maurice Sendak and Picturebook Psychology,” and “T Is for Trauma: The Children’s Literature […]

Ebooks, schmeebooks

After wrapping up our March special issue on books in the digital era, a meeting about Horn Book web strategy, and another meeting to tour the virtual space that will host an upcoming SLJ event about YA books (this summer; I’ll keep you posted), I’m feeling completely pixelated. I recognize that I have an imagination […]

Conferences and Events

April 2012 Presented by the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, A Sense of Wonder: Stories of Nature, Science & History is a one-day conference to be held on Thursday, April 5, for teachers and school librarians. Speakers will include Sy Montgomery, Wendell Minor, Anita Silvey and Catherine Thimmesh. For more information, see the professional development […]

New LGBTQ reads

We’ve updated our recommended LGBTQ-themed reading list. These novels were selected from recent Horn Book Magazine reviews, but we’d love to hear your suggestions! Any favorites to share?

LGBTQ fiction

The books recommended below were published within the last several years. Suggested grade level for all titles is 7 and up (YA) unless otherwise indicated, but the individual reader is the real criterion. OLDER FICTION Girl from Mars by Tamara Bach, trans. by Shelley Tanaka (Groundwood) Miriam befriends Laura, then sorts through a (mutual) attraction […]

Review of To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement

To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement [New York Times Books] by Charlayne Hunter-Gault Middle School, High School  Flash Point/Roaring Brook  195 pp. 1/12    978-1-59643-605-3    $22.99 One of the first two students to successfully desegregate an all-white college in the South looks back at six pivotal years of the U.S. civil rights […]

A name to drive the Hooked on Phonics people crazy

Fuse Eight suggests lots of possible presents for my new granddaughter. And who can tell me the name of that great chapter book about one girl bragging to another about being on first-name terms with their teacher, “Chillow”? If Fuse is onto something there, that book might not be possible anymore . . . . […]