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Fanfare 2019 Booklist

Below is Fanfare, a list of the books that the Horn Book editors and reviewers have selected as the best of 2019. The annotated list will be published in the December issue of Notes from the Horn Book (sign up!) and in the January/February 2020 issue of the Horn Book Magazine...
      

Editorial: Technicolor Dreams

The January/February Magazine is a good metaphor for the new year, with its ruminations on What Came Before and an eye toward the future. In October we celebrated the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, where Elizabeth Acevedo performed a powerful original poem; Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña shared their origin story...
      

Horn Book Fanfare 2018

Here is Fanfare, the Horn Book’s annual list of the books we really loved the most. I wish I could tell you there was some more objective criteria, but there isn’t: these are the books the Horn Book editors, in consultation with our reviewers, are happiest to have read. They...
      

Mitali Perkins at Belmont Books

I don't usually fangirl out (though, yes, when I do I go hard). In fact I can be downright mean about books! But last night Martha and I went to Belmont Books to see Mitali Perkins, author of one of my favorites from last year You Bring the Distant Near,...
      

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....
      

Horn Book Fanfare 2017

A couple of weeks ago our advertising director Al Berman emailed me with a noodge: “have you guys finished FanFare yet?” Yes, we have, Al, and here it is, and also yes, your creative miscapitalization of Fanfare will live in my steel-trap Scorpio mind forever. But we do hope this...
      

Horn Book Magazine starred reviews January/February 2018

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art by Isabel Greenberg from A HUNDRED BILLION TRILLION STARSThe following books will receive starred reviews in the January/February issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Grace for Gus; written and illustrated by Harry Bliss (Tegen/HarperCollins)Ducks Away!; by Mem Fox; illustrated by Judy Horacek (Scholastic)Little i; written and illustrated by Michael Hall (Greenwillow)It’s Shoe...
      

Booklists and Awards for Family Reading

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Looking for some great books for your own kids or children you know? Check out a selection of award-winners and themed booklists from The Horn Book for children of various ages.The Horn Book's Fanfare lists: Our choices for the best books of the year.Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners. One of...
      

Judith Ortiz Cofer and Marilyn Sachs

We were sad to hear about the deaths, just before the New Year, of Judith Ortiz Cofer (1952-2016) and Marilyn Sachs (1927-2016), two of children's literature's Great Ladies.Cofer's 1995 linked short story collection An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio was a touchstone work in children's books: "A milestone...
      

Editorial: She's With Us

Dr. Carla D. Hayden, Librarian of CongressLibrary of Congress101 Independence Avenue, SEWashington DC 20540Dear Carla:You know, the last time I wrote to a librarian in DC, she never got back to me. But then Laura Bush and I did not go to library school together, and I certainly never worked...

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