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Blowing our own horn

It’s time to let the bloggers have a breather and give you all a good old-fashioned link post. There’s so much going on online, much of it here on our website, so this will be the first of our occasional “Self promotion Friday” posts.

Most of the teachers I know are experiencing major fatigue about now. My students at the Ed School are gearing up for graduation and applying for jobs. The grade school teachers are counting the weeks until summer break — which for many of them just means a different job for a few months: tutoring, waitressing, etc. That’s the real world of a teacher’s salary. I remember long ago making the mistake of telling a teacher friend that I envied her summers off. Oops!

If you read Lolly’s Classroom as a teacher and are not familiar with the rest of the Horn Book’s website, here are some items that should be of interest, along with some that are simply diverting. Warning: some of these links might suck you in and prevent you from doing whatever you were supposed to be doing.



  • Unless you’re living under a rock, you probably heard about the weird results of CBC’s Children’s Choice Awards. Rush Limbaugh?! Here are some of the reactions from readers of Read Roger. If this doesn’t make you a regular reader of Roger’s blog, I don’t know what will. The conversation there is always lively and often irreverent.
  • You should also know about Katie Bircher’s blog, Out of the Box. This is where you’ll find app reviews, movie reviews, and reports on all the weird and wonderful things that get sent to our office but won’t be reviewed in the Magazine or Guide.


Summer Reading

We’ll be talking about this plenty here over the next few months, but here’s a link to the Horn Book’s list. It’s also available as a PDF for you to print and take with you to the library or bookstore.


Tag pages

We use tags on our website, so whenever a post covers something you’re interested in, be sure to look down at the bottom and click on the tag links. These will take you to other articles, interviews, reviews, etc. on the same subject. For example, here are the tags from Roger’s post about Rush Limbaugh:
Screen shot 2014-05-16 at 8.07.37 AMWe’re working on building up tags for specific grades. Genre and subject tags are nicely filled in, though, so you might want to check out these: Common Core, Nonfiction, Easy readers, Biographies, e-books and apps, Reading for pleasure, YA, trends, etc. And here are some just for fun: Great ladies, Great guys, this is stupid, Movie reviews, and Novelty books.


Out and about

The Children’s Books Boston event calendar
If you live near Boston, check this out. There seems to be something happening ALL the time. Earlier this week, for example, CBB hosted a “speed dating” event…sort of.


Things you didn’t know you needed

On the old version of our website, there is an entire Virtual History Exhibit. that includes actual letters from people like Beatrix Potter, Lloyd Alexander, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. We’re working on bringing the exhibit over to this site, but it might take a while. In the meantime, we’ll let you sneak in the back door for a peek. But be aware that all links to subscription information, etc. on this version of our site are waaay out of date, so come back here when you’re done!

While you’re on the old site, check out some of our podcasts, too. We did these for about a year but found them too time consuming to continue. But there’s some good stuff there, too. My favorite is Roger’s report from the 2008 ALA award press conference. Hear the gasp as Hugo Cabret is announced as the Caldecott winner!

Another oldie but goodie is Jon Scieszka’s primer for pronouncing difficult names. Silly, but accurate! (For a really complete list of author name pronunciation, visit TeachingBooks and hear the names said correctly by the authors themselves.)


That’s all for now. If you have a resource you want to share, please use the comments. And no, it does not have to be from the Horn Book!


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.

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