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Snow Day!

Brave Irene tree. Photo: Shoshana Flax.

I’m taking advantage of today’s East Coast blizzard to catch up on a few online things (while we still have power!), and I see that I missed Katie’s Out of the Box write-up of the Horn Book’s holiday adventure to the Concord Museum last month. “From the Horn Book family to yours…” includes a festive slideshow of images (thanks to shutterbugs Cindy and Shoshana) from the museum’s twenty-second annual “Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature” exhibit (which closed on New Year’s Day, but bookmark it for next year if you’re in the area).

As Katie reported, “The trees are amazing, ranging in size from teeny-tiny to enormous and displaying a wide variety of picture-book styles and subjects. All of them are incredibly creative and clearly decorated with love.” The slideshow provides a glimpse at a few of our favorites, including this Brave Irene tree, which seems particularly appropriate today.

Also, if you haven’t seen The Horn Book Magazine‘s 2017 Fanfare list — which highlights the editors’ picks for the best books of the year — be sure to check it out. I can’t think of a better way to spend a snowpocalypse. Stay safe and warm!

About Kitty Flynn

Kitty Flynn is consulting editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

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