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Field Notes: Teaching Infinite Hope

Ashley Bryan’s Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace won the 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Nonfiction and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award — but as a teacher, children’s literature aficionado, and friend of Ashley’s, I’ve known the book was special for...
      

Whoo-Ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story

I often say that a nonfiction picture book for children is the best introduction to a new subject for readers of any age, especially when the illustrations are as richly informative as the text, and that is true for me about great horned owls and Maria Gianferrari’s Whoo-Ku Haiku: A...
      

Week in Review, October 12th-16th

  This week on hbook.com... October Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Qs for Grace Lin about her Storytelling Math board book series, fiction and nonfiction picture books about our ever-changing weather and seasons, lighthearted supernatural stories for middle-graders and middle-schoolers, and YA ghosts and demons   2020 Boston Globe-Horn...
      

A Note from Me (Oct 16, 2020)

Dear friends: Congratulations to Jacqueline Woodson on winning everybody’s favorite fantasy prize, a MacArthur fellowship. This pairs very well with the Hans Christian Andersen Award Jackie picked up earlier this year; congratulations for both! In Jackie’s honor I direct you to her 2006 Zena Sutherland Lecture, “How Do I Come...
      

BGHB 2020: King and the Dragonflies

We've reached the culmination of Fiction and Poetry week in our first-ever, month-long virtual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebration.   Today, chair Julie Danielson introduces the 2020 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Winner King and the Dragonflies:   The 2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and Poetry is presented to Kacen...
      

BGHB 2020: When You Trap a Tiger

Fiction and Poetry week continues in our first-ever, month-long virtual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebration.   Today, judge Leo Landry introduces the 2020 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Honor Book When You Trap a Tiger:   The 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Award for Fiction and Poetry is presented to Tae...
      

BGHB 2020: Clap When You Land

Welcome to Fiction and Poetry week of our first-ever, month-long virtual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebration.   Today, judge Sujei Lugo introduces the 2020 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Honor Book Clap When You Land:   The 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Award for Fiction and Poetry is presented to Elizabeth...
      

A Note from Me (Oct 9, 2020)

Dear friends: Our 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book festivities have begun, and I was happy to see that our Fiction and Poetry winner King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender is now also a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award. BGHB’s weird calendar (June through May) puts it between normal...
      

A Year Without Page Turns

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Those of you who read Calling Caldecott may have seen some think pieces this year about what it has been like to read and review books during 2020. Because of the pandemic, publishers (generally speaking) have been distributing digital copies of books to review publications and their reviewers. Vicky Smith of...
      

Review of Darius the Great Deserves Better

Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram High School    Dial    352 pp.    g 8/20    978-0-59310-823-9    $17.99 Since we last saw “Fractional Persian” Darius in 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book honor book Darius the Great Is Not Okay (rev. 9/18), he’s come out as gay, and has a boyfriend. Now back...

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