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A Note from Me (Oct 30, 2020)

Dear friends: Our Boston Globe-Horn Book celebration came to an end this week, but go ahead and treat yourself to the panoply of interviews and selfies provided by our winners. God bless ’em, and may next October find us live once again at Simmons with all the winners and guests, whomever...

CaldeComics 2021, Part Two

Today on Calling Caldecott, Niki Marion writes about two more 2020 graphic novels. Read her earlier CaldeComics post here.   When we talk about the Caldecott Medal, we often assume that because the award recognizes “the most distinguished picture book for children,” the winner must be a picture book in the traditional...

Bundles of joy

We’re pleased to introduce Book Bundles on the Guide/Reviews Database. Each week we post a short list of recommended new books, mainly nonfiction for all ages. The books may share a theme or subject matter or age level or author -- every week brings a new bundle of book joy to...

Outside In

Cindy Derby’s illustrations in Outside In, written by Deborah Underwood, were made with watercolor and powdered graphite on cold press paper—and, per the copyright page, “some of the lines were created with dried flower stems and thread soaked in ink.” It’s a perfect example of the book’s theme: that nature...

Oh, Marilla!

My ten-year-old and I have been having a grand old time reading aloud Anne of Green Gables at bedtime. Himself a rather high-spirited, rambunctious, and imaginative child, my kid LOL’d at the liniment in the cake scene, the drunk Diana debacle, Gilbert Blythe’s near-fatal “carrots” error, and even the puffed sleeves...

CaldeComics 2021, Part One

Today on Calling Caldecott, Niki Marion writes about three 2020 graphic novels. She will contribute a second graphic novel round-up post later this week. —J.D. Every year the ALA Youth Media Awards roll around, and every year I’m a touch disappointed not to see more graphic novels among the various award...

Week in Review, October 19th-23rd

  This week on   2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards coverage for Nonfiction week: October 19: Field Notes: Teaching Infinite Hope by Dean Schneider (from the September/October Horn Book Magazine) October 20: Nonfiction Honor Book Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir October 21: Nonfiction Honor Book It Began with a Page:...

A Note from Me (Oct 23, 2020)

Dear friends: Why can’t I just have Barbara Cook write these for me? We remain in the thick of our 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards festivities. We are just concluding nonfiction week, with picture book to come beginning Monday. (That is also my birthday!) Thank you again to the Horn...

You Matter

I have a confession to make. I am generally not a fan of the all-too-earnest, self-esteem-building “concept” picture book. I could explain why, but then we’d have to consult my therapist and we’d be taking precious time away from discussing this book. Which I love. Truly. Christian Robinson’s You Matter...
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