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2019 in review

Happy New Year! We hope your year is full of great reads and good friends. As we kick off 2020, it's also a good time to take a stroll down memory lane at 2019. We had a very busy year, including our two newly revamped websites hbook.com and hornbookguide.com --...
      

2019 Booklists and Resources Master List

Booklists and resources for holidays, special events, seasons, social justice...and Grumpy Cat? We've covered a wide range of topics for all age levels in 2019, so we've compiled them together for readers to find some great new books to enjoy and share. The reviews — and many more — are also...
      

Board Book Roundup: Board Books Build Brains

They rarely win awards. Few make it to the annual “best of” lists. They get stepped on, chewed, drooled on, and thrown. Their core audiences may not remember a word of them in a few scant years. Their pages are frequently viewed out of order. But board books are some...
      

Board Books for Holiday Travel

It's that time of year when families with children board planes, trains, and automobiles for holiday travel — and sometimes lugging their favorite full-size picture books can be a strain. That's when board book editions of those picture books come in handy. In Rachel G. Payne’s excellent board book round up in...
      

Week in Review, December 16th-20th

  This week on hbook.com... The 2019-2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award judges have been announced! More on submission info here.   From the Nov/Dec 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Happy Anniversary: When Sophie Gets Angry — Really, Really Angry... by Martha V. Parravano Board Book Roundup: Board Books Build Brains by...
      

Holiday High Notes 2019

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Grab a candy confection and read our selection of books filled with cheer — new or just reissued from yesteryear.* *with apologies to lyricist Edward Pola   My Baby Loves Christmas by Jabari Asim; illus. by Tara Nicole Whitaker Preschool    HarperFestival    20 pp. 9/19    978-0-06-288462-6    $7.99 In this cozy board book, Asim (Preaching to the Chickens, rev....
      

Why the Hell Hasn’t a Book Won the Newbery AND the Caldecott?

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ELISA GALL: The Newbery and Caldecott committees used to be one and the same. Before they were divided into two separate committees (this happened in the late 1970s), a book was either considered for one of the awards or the other: never both. Now a book can win both the Newbery...
      

From the Editor - November 2019

While as far as I’m concerned it’s never too early for peppermint-stick ice cream, I always feel discombobulated reading holiday books before Halloween, but that’s how we get you news of the good new ones in a timely fashion (although as I recall, Christmas books get heavy circulation throughout the...
      

Table of Contents: November/December 2019 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art from The Shortest Day. Illustration © 2019 by Carson Ellis. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA. Features  "Why Do Comics Matter?" by Gene Luen Yang The 2019 Zena Sutherland Lecture.    "Uneasy Reading" by Laurel Snyder On keeping company with very sad books.    Columns  Editorial  "RIP Little Jackie...
      

CaldeComics 2020

Another year, another opportunity for graphic novels to make their way into Caldecott discussions. If, as Travis Jonker writes, wordless books are “Caldecott catnip,” then what does that make graphic novels? “Graphic elements” in picture books certainly seem to be an enticing treat (see: Mr. Wuffles!, A Different Pond, Creepy...

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