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Patriots' Day and School Vacation Week

Today is Patriots' Day in Massachusetts, a state and regional holiday that commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord and the beginnings of the Revolutionary War. It's the day the Boston Marathon is traditionally run (this year postponed until October), and the start of Spring Break for the public schools.  To...

Week in Review, April 12th-16th

  This week on hbook.com... April Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Qs for Linda Sue Park about The One Thing You'd Save; 7 new middle-grade titles for National Poetry Month; celebrate Earth Day next week with nonfiction picture books about protecting and appreciating animals; 6 new YA titles centering...

A Note from Me (Apr 16, 2021)

Dear friends: The stars are out! That is, we’ve announced which books are getting starred reviews in the upcoming May/June special issue of the Magazine, which itself is going to be a distinguished edition indeed. Make sure you’re subscribed, niños, because I’m afraid we’re going to run out of copies...

The 2021 Zena Sutherland Lecture

The 2021 Zena Sutherland Lecture will take place on Friday, May 7th at 7:30PM, and our Lecturer this year is Jason Reynolds. You can all attend because it is via Zoom! Register (free) at chipublib.org/Sutherland. See you there!      ...


The Islamic month of Ramadan is a solemn holiday of fasting, charity, and additional prayer, culminating in the joyous feasting of Eid al-Fitr. Ramadan mubarak to those observing, and Happy Eid! We’d like to call your attention to reading suggestions from our friends at KitaabWorld, who review and recommend children’s...

May/June 2021 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

Illustration by Nguyen Quang and Kim Lien, from The Floating Field. The following books will receive starred reviews in the May/June 2021 Horn Book Magazine: Yes & No; written and illustrated by Elisha Cooper (Roaring Brook). The Night Walk; written and illustrated by Marie Dorléans; trans. from French by Polly Lawson...

Week in Review, April 5th-9th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the March/April 2021 Horn Book Magazine: The Writer's Page: Hello Again by Kimberly Willis Holt   Read Roger: A Note from Me (Apr 9, 2021)   Family Reading National Library Week by Elissa Gershowitz National Siblings Day by Elissa Gershowitz   Out of...

National Siblings Day

April 10 is National Siblings Day (here is mine; and the picture above is Roger's brother with his bloopah). Here are some booklists and articles that highlight "siblings doing what siblings do best." Find more at Horn Book Family Reading blog; at Siblings tag; and lots and lots more at the Guide/Reviews Database...

A Note from Me (Apr 9, 2021)

Dear friends:  Let me confess here at the start that we made it through about forty-five minutes of The Greatest Story Ever Told before Lori and I decided (Richard having already fallen asleep) to switch over to Last Tango in Halifax, “you slapper” having become my favorite term of insult/endearment after just the first season. The Greatest Story it...
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