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Archives for September 2016

Week in Review, September 26th-30th

This week on… Tonight is the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony (it’s like our Oscars and National Book Awards rolled into one), followed by tomorrow’s Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. If you can’t make it to Boston, follow @HornBook and look for the hashtags #BGHB16 #HBAS16 all weekend. Can you tell we’re excited? Get […]

Preview November/December 2016 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art by Elisa Vavouri from A Hanukkah with Mazel by Joel Edward Stein. Foreign Correspondence: Summer Edward interviews Deborah Ahenkorah, cofounder and executive director of Golden Baobab. “Decolonizing Nostalgia”: Sarah Hannah Gómez looks at how historical fiction can betray readers of color. “Saving Sisters”: author Jeannine Atkins examines themes of sisterhood in Little Women, […]

2016 BGHB Week Roundup

This week we’ve been celebrating our 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award recipients in preparation for the upcoming awards ceremony and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. Here’s a cheat sheet to all of our web extras on this year’s winners and honorees, as well as BGHB trivia and other fun! 2016 BGHB Award press release and […]

The Complete Fairytale Play Theater app review

Combine elements from Nosy Crow’s fairy-tale app series (The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White, and Goldilocks and Little Bear) to stage your own once-upon-a-time puppet show with The Complete Fairytale Play Theater (September 2016; iOS only). Start a new story and give it a title and […]

This Is Not a Picture Book!

Words and pictures. Pictures and words. What makes a book a book, at least in the mind of a young child? Ask any little kid and they will not hesitate to tell you that it’s the pictures. Anyone who has read this blog for more than a year knows that I agree with my young […]

More on the 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

Five questions for 2016 BGHB Committee Chair Joanna Rudge Long Horn Book Podcast: BGHB Awards Video announcement of the winners, with Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry (it’s amazing — it makes us tear up) And just for fun… BGHB trivia My Favorite BGHB Winner: HB reviewers’ best-loved BGHB-winning books BGHB crossword puzzle by 2011 […]

2016 BGHB Fiction Day

It’s BGHB Week! Today we’re honoring our 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction Award winners. Read reviews of all of the 2016 fiction winners here; see below for more web extras to celebrate them. Join us on September 30-October 1, 2016, for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards ceremony and the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Out […]

The Cat in the Hat on a Bus with Us

On the bus home yesterday, a young father and toddler son sat down next to me, and the dad asked the boy if he wanted to read a book. I’ve seen these two before, always reading; in fact, a few weeks ago I handed Dad a Horn Book, suggesting it as a source for finding […]

Review of The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes

The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes by Duncan Tonatiuh; 
illus. by the author Primary    Abrams    40 pp. 10/16    978-1-4197-2130-4    $16.95 After a string of award-winning picture-book biographies (Separate Is Never Equal, rev. 7/14; Funny Bones, rev. 11/15), Tonatiuh turns to folklore for this adapted pourquoi story that explains the origins of […]

5th Annual Boston Teen Author Festival recap

My, how the Boston Teen Author Festival has grown. The fifth annual celebration was held at the Cambridge Public Library and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School on Saturday, September 24th. The day began with an opening panel to introduce the thirty-five — count ’em, thirty-five — YA authors via quick, playful questions, some of which […]