Kitty Flynn and Elissa Gershowitz

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Teacher Appreciation 2020

This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week, with Tuesday, May 5, being National Teacher Day. Don't forget to #ThankaTeacher (probably virtually). And especially to those teachers (including teacher librarians!) who are also parents and still trying, from home or in-person, to teach their own children and ours...there are no words. If...

Thank a teacher 2019

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 5–11), and we know we speak for most parents when we say how grateful we are for these vital members of our village. Teachers’ work on the front lines has a profound impact on our children — in small and big ways.Kitty’s fourth grader...

Two picture-book, read-alike suggestions for the new royal parents (it's a boy!)

His Royal Highness, King Baby: A Terrible True Storyby Sally Lloyd-Jones; illus. by David RobertsPrimary    Candlewick    48 pp.9/17    978-0-7636-9793-8    $16.99“Once upon a time, there was a Happy Family” consisting of a mother, father, daughter (shown with tights on her head simulating long, blonde, princess-y hair), and pet gerbil. Life was...

Teacher Appreciation 2018

May 7-11 is National Teacher Appreciation Week, and today is National Teacher Day, a day on which the National Education Association hopes we will all go out of our way to #ThankATeacher. We are both the parents of two elementary-school-aged children, and we send HUGE thank yous to the teachers,...

On Christopher Myers's "Orlando" (from 2016)

Art by Christopher Myers.Just after the Pulse nightclub murders in June 2016, Christopher Myers wrote the Horn Book Magazine article "Orlando":What happens next, in the wake of these sorts of tragedies, I’m sorry to say, has become increasingly familiar. News outlets scramble, desperate to find narratives that they can apply...

The Straight Poop on Potty Humor

We are each the mother of two young children who range in age from four to eight. These children love potty humor, and they’re not alone. There’s something about those four ps (poop, pee, penis, puke), a couple of bs (burp, butt), and an f (fart) that gets kids giggling....

Family Reading: A place for ALL families

This has been a rough week for a lot of us. We’ve read in the news and heard firsthand stories of uncertainty and fear from our children and their classmates and from neighbors and friends. The presidential election’s hateful rhetoric has prompted kids to worry about what is to come...

Welcome, families!

Roger's baby brother with his "bloopah"Welcome to The Horn Book's newest blog, Family Reading, a place to find children’s book recommendations, vigorous discussion and debate, advice, and humor about sharing books in the home.We are using both the words family and reading in the broadest possible sense. If, as Sister...

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