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Archives for September 2018

Week in Review, September 24th – 28th

This week on hbook.com… From the September/October 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Board Book Roundup: Treasure Hunting in the Public Library” by Julie Roach Jennifer A. Nielsen Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes Fiction: Pride by Ibi Zoboi Nonfiction: The Unwanted: Stories of the […]

Banned Books Week 2018

It’s Banned Books Week! From The American Library Association’s website: “Every year, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The lists are based on information from media stories and voluntary challenge reports sent to […]

The Field

When I was about four years old, my parents signed me up for a kids’ soccer program. All I remember is feeling terrified when it was my turn to be goalie — and somehow convincing the coach to let my best friend stay in the goal with me. Suffice it to say: soccer was not […]

What would RBG, Sonia Sotomayor, and Laurie Halse Anderson do?

The following books focus on women Supreme Court justices and — to borrow the name of a new series, below — some pitfalls of “Being Female in America.” Reviews are from the Horn Book Guide Online from the time of the books’ publications. Picture Books Hannigan, Kate A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks […]

Review of Tess of the Road audiobook

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman; read by Katharine McEwan High School    Listening Library    Rev. 3/18 13 CDs    16.27 hrs.    978-1-5247-7955-9    $70.00 Narrated by McEwan in a crisply enunciated English accent, this fantasy (a companion to Hartman’s Seraphina, rev. 7/12) follows the anarchic Tess as the seventeen-year-old misfit almost ruins her twin sister’s wedding, […]

All A-Board: Why the Hell Hasn’t a Board Book Won the Caldecott!?

Today on Calling Caldecott, a conversation between Elisa Gall and Jonathan Hunt about board books and the Caldecott Award. (If you missed it, last year they asked a similar question: Why the hell hasn’t photography won the Caldecott?!?) —J.D. ELISA GALL: Thanks to Allison Kaplan’s 2012 Children and Libraries article “From Board to Cloth and Back Again,” […]

Books, Fresh and Juicy

Not long after I started toting library books to my grandchildren’s houses, one of my daughters gave me a gift: a sturdy canvas bag with wide handles and, on the side, a photograph of my three grandchildren and me reading. I treasure the bag, not just because of the photo, not just because of the […]

Review of The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees

The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown; illus. by the author Middle School, High School    Houghton    105 pp. 9/18    978-1-328-81015-1    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-328-56104-6    $13.99 There are over five million Syrian refugees around the world today, and each one has a unique story. Brown returns to the comics format of Drowned City […]

Board Book Roundup: Treasure Hunting in the Public Library

The parents, caregivers, and babies who visit the main branch of my public library love board books. They eat them up — sometimes literally. We keep the books jumbled in a long wooden bin that sits low to the floor on a cozy rug. Pre-walkers use the bin’s edge to pull themselves up to a […]

Review of Pride

Pride by Ibi Zoboi High School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    291 pp.    g 9/18    978-0-06-256404-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-256407-8    $9.99 Zuri Benitez is a proud Haitian-Dominican teen who loves her four sisters and her parents, and despite others’ negative perceptions, she especially loves her Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. When the wealthy African American Darcy brothers, Darius […]