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HBTV: Back-to-School 2021

Welcome back to HBTV, our exciting new (occasional) children's book-related TV show! In this third episode, I sat down with Dr. Kim Parker, Director of the Crimson Summer Academy at Harvard University, to discuss summer reading, "mom camp," kids' reading and writing, and back to school. Be sure to sign...
      

A Note from Me (Aug 6, 2021)

Dear friends: While I wish I could tell you I’ve been off the grid for the past month in some fabulous wilderness outpost, the reasons for my absence from your inboxes are far more mundane: Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines. I’m avoiding at least three more as I type. But that’s how...
      

National Parents' Day

The fourth Sunday of July is National Parents' Day. (Oh, shush up -- it is too a real thing!) Established in 1994, this is a day for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in bringing up their children.” At Family Reading we extend that to include all caregivers, especially...
      

From the Editor - July 2021

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and finding enough to read (we can help). That’s it; go forth and read. From the July 2021 issue of Notes from the Horn Book....
      

A Note from Me (Jun 18, 2021)

Dear friends: Slinging on my bowtie to announce the winners of the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards on Wednesday at noon EDT on Hbook.com. I like ʼem and hope that you do, too. (Note to self: also remember to shave.) You can review the winners since 1967 here to see...
      

A Note from Me (May 28, 2021)

Dear friends: ALA is upon us! At least in HB land — I was just looking at layouts of The Speeches, gorgeous, and great speeches as well. That’s all you’ll get out of me. In her tenure as HB editor, Anita Silvey limited herself to saying “they aren’t too long,”...
      

Lighting the Candle: Pages of Pleasure

El Paso, Texas, a city on the U.S.–Mexico border, the city where Mom, my three siblings, my three children, and I were born. I grew up in a loving, bilingual home, English and Spanish — the second-most spoken language in the United States. Neither of Mom’s parents spoke English, though...
      

Week in Review, May 10th-14th

  This week on hbook.com... Lisa Fipps Talks with Roger about Starfish   From the May/June 2021 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: The Pura Belpré Award at 25: What the Pura Belpré Award Means to Me by Meg Medina Lighting the Candle: Inherited Exile by Margarita Engle Lighting the Candle:...
      

A Note from Me (May 14, 2021)

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Dear friends: Jason Reynolds’s Zena Sutherland Lecture was a smashing success last Friday. As far as I could see, he spoke without a text or even notes, moving brilliantly and seamlessly from stories about his recently deceased father to just what those stories meant in terms of bringing him and...
      

Review of Ways to Grow Love

Ways to Grow Love [Ryan Hart] by Renée Watson; illus. by Nina Mata Intermediate    Bloomsbury    192 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-5476-0058-8    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5476-0059-5    $11.89 Ryan Hart (Ways to Make Sunshine, rev. 3/20) is back, now a rising fifth grader and ready for summer adventures. Despite obstacles — her father...

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