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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

I'm a descendant of a Salem witch — and proudly take the opportunity to bring this up any time there is a “tell us a fun fact” ice breaker. I was elated when the Netflix original series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina first aired in October 2018, and devoured it in...
      

Conference Report: 2019 Children's Literature Summer Institute at Simmons University: "Make Way"

This past weekend, Martha Parravano, Cynthia K. Ritter, and Shoshana Flax took turns attending “Make Way,” the 2019 Summer Children’s Literature Institute at Simmons University. Here are our (chronological) combined impressions from this weekend. Cindy: On Thursday night, Shoshana and I caught up over dinner with some of our Simmons...
      

2019 Summer Reading List

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For a handy take-along list of titles, download our printable PDF.Picture BooksSuggested grade level for all entries: PS–2The Little Guys by Vera Brosgol (Roaring Brook)The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke; illus. by Van Thanh Rudd (Candlewick)Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World by Christy Hale (Porter/Roaring Brook)Thank...
      

2019 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Middle School

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Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Here are our top ten books for different age ranges — including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry — all published 2018–2019 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.For a...
      

Additional ALA Awards 2019

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Alex Awardfor the ten best adult books that appeal to teen audiences The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com) The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir (Knopf) Circe by Madeline Miller (Little, Brown) Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover (Random House) The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A...
      

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...
      

Review of The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurgeby M. T. Anderson; illus. by Eugene YelchinMiddle School     Candlewick     530 pp.     g9/18     978-0-7636-9822-5     $24.99Historian and diplomat Brangwain Spurge has been sent from Elfland to the neighboring goblin kingdom to return a precious artifact. On the surface, it’s a gesture of goodwill to a...
      

September/October 2018 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

from THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE; illustration by Eugene YelchinThe following books will receive starred reviews in the September/October 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Imagine!; written and illustrated by Raúl Colón (Wiseman/Simon)A Parade of Elephants; written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow)We Don’t Eat Our Classmates; written and illustrated by Ryan T....
      

ALA 2018: So many choices, so little time, wear comfy shoes

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ALA is like a Choose Your Own Adventure, with myriad paths to follow. I missed out on a lot (Michelle Obama and Carla Hayden, Trombone Shorty, the sold-out CSK Breakfast — see Martha's post), but everything I did see left me invigorated and in awe. Alia Jones, Cynthia Leitich Smith,...
      

"The Book That Changed My Life" series roundup

For the May/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Making a Difference (gorgeous cover at right by Yuyi Morales), we asked fifteen-plus children's book creators to write about the book that changed their lives. The answers were heartfelt, touching, sometimes humorous, always thoughtful — and a welcome reminder about the...

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