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How to Be an Elephant

I find it interesting how much I tend to admire nonfiction picture books these days. As a child, that wasn’t the case at all, but then information books have come a long way in the past fifty years. We used to talk on this blog about how difficult it was for information books to win […]

Big Machines

Each fall, as award season heats up and the Interwebs start buzzing with kid-book love, we all should revisit Vicky Smith’s “Reader, Know Thyself.” Originally posted at Heavy Medal in September 2013, Vicky’s essay encourages readers to understand and respect their genre preferences in the context of award consideration: “Are you, as a friend of mine is, […]

Review of Spinning

Spinning by Tillie Walden; illus. by the author High School    First Second/Roaring Brook    396 pp. 9/17    978-1-62672-772-4    $22.99 Paper ed.  978-1-62672-940-7    $17.99 In a graphic memoir, former competitive figure skater and synchronized skater Walden looks back at her twelve years growing up in the world of competitive sports. The shadowy, cool bluish-purples of most of […]

From the Horn Book family to yours…

…happiest of holiday seasons! We had a lovely time on our holiday outing yesterday. (Thanks, cruise director Cindy!) Our day started at the 22nd annual “Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature” exhibit at the Concord Museum. From the museum’s website: A love of books and reading is a lifelong treasure passed from adult to child, from generation […]

Review of Warcross

Warcross by Marie Lu High School    Putnam    357 pp. 9/17    978-0-399-54796-6    $18.99 One minute Emika Chen is a hacker and bounty hunter in a futuristic New York City, struggling to make ends meet, and the next minute — after she’s hacked into Warcross, the phenomenally popular virtual reality game — she’s on a private jet […]

After the Fall

At the start of each school year, I choose one picture book to read to every class when the students come for library orientation. I like the idea of building a community around a shared understanding, as well as sharing a great new book with all of our students. Last year, during the first week […]

Review of Sam, the Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World

Sam, the Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World by Mo Willems; illus. by the author Preschool    Hyperion    48 pp. 9/17    978-1-368-00214-1    $17.99 As fans of Leonardo, the Terrible Monster (rev. 9/05) will remember, monster Leonardo’s buddy Sam is “the most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world.” In this sequel, Sam and Leonardo meet another […]

Week in Review, December 11th-15th

This week on hbook.com… From the November/December 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: BGHB at 50: “Revisiting Anthony Burns” by Rudine Sims Bishop December 2017 Horn Book Herald: Picture Books Edition featuring Five questions for Julia Denos and E. B. Goodale Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: King of the Sky by Nicola Davies; illus. […]

Life

“Life cereal. That’s a ballsy name, I always thought. LIFE. ‘What are we going to call this?’ ‘How about Oaties? Squaries?’ ‘No! This is much bigger than that. This is LIFE, I TELL YOU!’” —Jerry Seinfeld Forget cereal. I’d argue Life is a pretty ballsy name for a picture book. But Cynthia Rylant has officially […]

BGHB at 50: Revisiting Anthony Burns

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, established in 1967, we will be publishing a series of appreciations of BGHB winners and honorees from the past. This is the fifth in the series to be published in The Horn Book Magazine (see Gregory Maguire’s article on Jill Paton Walsh’s Unleaving; […]