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Week in Review, November 30th-December 4th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the November/December 2020 Horn Book Magazine: The Writer's Page: Navigating the N-Word by Nikki Grimes   From the January/February 2021 Horn Book Magazine: Starred Reviews   Read Roger: A Note from Me (Dec 4, 2020)   Calling Caldecott: NYT/NYPL List, We Miss You!...


I tried to resist Lift, written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Dan Santat — a story of sibling rivalry in which young protagonist Iris feels usurped by her younger brother until she presses a magical elevator button that lets her escape into fantastic adventures. I saw it when it was...

A Note from Me (Dec 4, 2020)

Dear friends: I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. Ours was quiet but did not lack for fellowship (Lori and Cooper were here and we Zoomed with the kids) nor for turkey (which I think I’m supposed to turn into soup today) nor for TV (Endeavour and The Crown,...

The Writer's Page: Navigating the N-Word

The mere mention of the n-word is usually cause for conversation and consternation, to put it mildly. Whenever used in a song lyric or a piece of literature, dialogue and debate are quick to follow. Even so, the n-word is a brick wall I occasionally crash into, on purpose, whenever...

Tell us all about your Mock Caldecotts!

You may not be surprised to see that, once again, we are asking you, our readers, for your Mock Caldecott plans! We know that many of you — teachers, school librarians, public librarians, and even booksellers — do mock Caldecotts with students, library patrons, etc. And you know we love to hear about them.  Want to...

A Thousand Glass Flowers

Do you ever sit with an object and think about where it’s been and where it’s going? I like to do this with my vintage beads. I run the strands through my fingers, hold them up to the light, and think about the artists who made the tiny, precious spheres,...

January/February 2021 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

Illustration by Brian Pinkney, from Time for Kenny.   The following books will receive starred reviews in the January/February 2021 Horn Book Magazine:   Sato the Rabbit; written and illustrated by Yuki Ainoya (Enchanted Lion). Cave Paintings; by Jairo Buitrago; illus. by Rafael Yockteng (Groundwood). Me & Mama; written and illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera (Millner/Simon). Your House, My House; written...

NYT/NYPL List, We Miss You!

JULES: Some of you may have already heard that, sadly, the New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Book Awards will not take place this year, because of the pandemic. (Here are last year’s awards if you want to take a stroll down memory lane.) I look forward...

Week in Review, November 23rd-27th

  This week on hbook.com... Lincoln Peirce Talks with Roger about Max & the Midknights: Battle of the Bodkins   From the November/December Horn Book Magazine: Letter to the Editor from Kathleen T. Isaacs   Calling Caldecott: Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Martha V. Parravano   Reviews of the Week:...
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