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Lolly's Classroom booksI’m thrilled to welcome you to opening day of the Horn Book’s newest blog — and eager to start uploading the first real posts about books and issues. Our focus will be using children’s trade books (which includes everything up through YA) in educational settings, and we plan to post two or three times a week.

We have a great group of bloggers to start us off. Most are former students of my children’s and adolescent lit classes at Harvard Graduate School of Education. All are book lovers and teachers of some kind working in a variety of schools in the US and abroad.

In fact, this blog is a result of teaching at HGSE. Over the years, I’ve tried a number of ways to help students stay in touch and share books after graduation, but nothing really stuck. Last year Danielle Hayden, one of the adolescent lit students, was so eager to find a way for us all to stay connected that it gave me new hope that we could find a suitable permanent platform. Not a listserv, not a Facebook group (been there, done that), but something better. Here is the result, and I’m happy to say that Danielle will be a strong presence behind the scenes. She also plans to blog occasionally.

While class is in session — February 27 to April 10 for the children’s literature module — I’ll post about the books we are reading and my students will comment on them. And I hope former students and all of you will comment, too. Tell us what you think of the books we’re reading. Have you read them? Used them with kids? The more opinions we get here, the richer our in-class discussions will be.

Every new venture has its risks. Will we find enough readers? Will they keep coming back? Will they comment on the posts? To a large extent, the success of this blog is in YOUR hands. Let all your teacher friends know we are here. (Tweet us! Share us on Facebook!) Tell us what you want us to cover via our Suggestion Box. And by all means, please join the conversation in the Comments.

Lolly Robinson About Lolly Robinson

Lolly Robinson is the creative director for The Horn Book, Inc. She has degrees in studio art and children's literature and teaches children's literature at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. She has served on the Caldecott and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committees and blogs for Calling Caldecott and Lolly's Classroom on this site.



  1. This is a terrific idea. Authors rarely get a the opportunity to see how our books “live” in the classroom. I’m ready!

  2. Tessa Michaelson Schmidt says:

    Sounds great! I’m keen to read, learn, and discuss!

  3. Dean Schneider says:

    Sounds great, Lolly. I always love reading about and writing about books in the classroom (since I teach 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade English).

  4. Terrific idea! Thanks for sharing books and classroom resources with teachers – will def. be sharing!

  5. Will be following, for sure. Congrats!

  6. I’ll be here with bells on! K-6 librarian, and crazy book lover.

  7. Lolly Robinson Lolly Robinson says:

    It’s great to hear from all of you. The next post will go up early tomorrow morning. I’ve noticed that my teacher friends tend to be online around 6 a.m. and then disappear during the day — for obvious reasons! If you want to be alerted when new posts go up, follow us on twitter: @hornbook, #lollysclass.

  8. What a fantastic idea – can’t wait to share this with my preservice teachers and children’s lit students! Any chance you could post the books you’ll be reading for your class ahead of time? I’d love to maybe overlap some of the titles with my class so we can follow along and join in.

  9. Lolly Robinson Lolly Robinson says:

    Sure — good idea! I just put them up in a post that you can find here:

  10. Looking forward to reading the posts at this terrific new blog. (I’m a 4th grade teacher and always interested to read what others do with books in their classrooms.)

  11. Lolly Robinson Lolly Robinson says:

    Welcome, Monica! For anyone who doesn’t already know her, you should check out Monica’s own teacher blog, Educating Alice:

  12. Dear Lolly, Danielle and all,

    I look forward to reading this blog. Love learning about the way that the books are used.
    Adding a new bookmark today!

  13. Peggy Howell says:

    I too look forward to sharing on this site as I teach a children’s literature course yo librarians and teachers and try to get them to use new books. Combining the new and not so new will be great.

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