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Hubbub 2015

hb_logo_lgThis year the Boston Book Festival* is putting on a children’s festival, Hubbub, on June 20, 2015. Billed as “Creative Commotion for Kids,” the fest includes author/illustrator events (headliner: Mo Willems!), kid music (Dan Zanes and Friends), games, puppets, hands-on science activities, stilt-walkers, and more.

Yesterday I sat on a panel for the event with the distinguished Megan Dowd Lambert, senior lecturer in children’s literature at Simmons College, whose picture book A Crow of His Own, illustrated by David Hyde Costello — and with gay farmers! — pubbed that day, plus she brought her seven-week-old baby; and the esteemed Laura Koenig, children’s services team leader, Central Library Boston Public Library (I want to go to there). The topic was “Under the Radar.” Each panelist presented favorite books, past and upcoming, that make us want to talk about ’em, followed by a lively Q&A session that touched on early chapter books, board-books-to-picture-books (three recommended authors: Karen Katz, Rosemary Wells, Helen Oxenbury), and digital media.

For your pleasure, here are three booklists from the event:

Books in the Home, from My Home to Yours by Megan Dowd Lambert

Elissa’s List: A Few of Kids’ Favorite Things: Dinosaurs, Vehicles, Princesses, Animals, Siblings, Diverse Books, and more

Laura’s Favorites: With reviews from The Horn Book Guide Online

And we’ve got resources:

Reviews of the 2015 ALA Award winners, including Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and Theodore Seuss Geisel (awarded to beginning readers)

Reviews of the 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners and winners’ speeches

The Horn Book Magazine article “Safe Passages: What Makes a Good Early-Expert-Reader Book?”

Our App Review of the Week (including that mind-blowing David Wiesner app, “Spot”)

The event took place at the opulent Four Seasons Hotel. Here are some pictures. Oh, and on the way out we ran into David Ortiz. No biggie.



*Save the date for the Boston Book Festival: October 23-24, 2015

Elissa Gershowitz About Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College and a BA from Oberlin College.



  1. If Boston Book Festival really cared about children, they wouldn’t have Highland Street Foundation as the Hubbub Festival’s #1 sponsor. Highland Street is an aggressive supporter of so-called “education reform,” the pro-corporate agenda of defunding public education, breaking teachers unions, rampant testing, etc. BBF has a track record of obnoxious corporate sponsors like this (including Pearson) and includes “education reform” heavyweights like Rona Kiley on its board of directors. Shame on BBF for doing this again! Concerned parents should boycott this event.

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