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This Night Is Different

I’ve been hearing a lot about virtual story times these days, and I have some family experience with them. Reading over Skype or Zoom or anything else may not be exactly the same as reading on the same couch and passing the book around to give everyone a better look,...

Embracing Spring

Thankfully going outside for walks, runs, or bike rides — at a safe distance from one another — is still allowed in these strange pandemic times. On my daily walks the past few weeks, I've been appreciating (and garnering hope from) the fact that signs of springtime are popping up...

May/June 2020 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

(image from Green on Green, by Dianne White; illus. by Felicita Sala) The following books will receive starred reviews in the May/June 2020 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Whoo-Ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story by Maria Gianferrari; illus. by Jonathan Voss (Putnam) The Camping Trip by Jennifer K....

Week in Review, March 30th-April 3rd

  This week on hbook.com... Tomie dePaola (1934–2020)   From the Jan/Feb 2020 Horn Book Magazine: Publishers' Preview: Middle Grade Novels - Five Questions for... Lily Williams & Karen Schneemann | Janae Marks | Amy McCulloch   Read Roger: What is Sarah Rettger wearing?   Family Reading: Start of Poetry...

What Is Sarah Rettger Wearing?

Sarah Rettger is the invaluable--Swift! Accurate! Discreet!--transcriber for all those Talks with Roger sponsored interviews I do, and also a children's bookseller at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA, which earlier this week was named Best Bookstore of 2020 by Publishers Weekly. What is she wearing? "I don't get the work-from-home-no-pants...

Start of Poetry Month 2020

Did you know that April is #NationalPoetryMonth? Throughout the month we'll be posting links and resources — start here with articles + recommendations from our recent archive....

Baby Ross, meet baby Rachel: The new craze of TV-to-book adaptations

Have you heard? Publishers are turning to popular adult television shows for picture book inspiration. Here are some forthcoming titles.   N Is for Nothing (inspired by Seinfeld) Law and Order: D Is for Dun Dun Orange Is the New Black: A Colors Primer Knope Says Yes!: A Parks and...

Week in Review, March 23rd-27th

  This week on hbook.com... Carmen Agra Deedy Talks with Roger about Rita & Ralph's Rotten Day   From the Mar/Apr 2020 Horn Book Magazine: We Need Diverse Jewish and Muslim Books by Heidi Rabinowitz and Sadaf Siddique   Read Roger: Going on a Bear Hunt?   Family Reading: Rita...

Women's History Month 2020, Week 4

Throughout March, we're celebrating Women's History Month by highlighting articles and reviews from the Horn Book archive that are by and/or about women, girls, and female-identifying people. Look for the social media tag #HBWomensHistoryMonth on Facebook.com/TheHornBook and @HornBook.   This week's featured posts: "My Characters Don't Wear Shoes in the...
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