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What Is Michelle H. Martin wearing?

I wanted Michelle Martin for this series because she's so danged outdoorsy. Why, when I emailed her asking to participate she was on her way out the door and into the rain for a bike ride with a friend through the Richmond Beach hills, which Michelle described as "killer." She wrote...

A Note from Me (May 22, 2020)

I donned a bow tie for the first time since March yesterday to record the announcement of the 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards. It was VERY NERVE-RACKING. Not the tie, although I was happy that I remembered how to tie one, but the PowerPoint/video dance, where I’m announcing the names...

A Note from Me (May 15, 2020)

I’m still here and I guess so are you. Massachusetts remains in a stay-at-home advisory and we are still all working from home.  What, in your mind, is the distinction between working at home and “working at home,” complete with saucy little air quotes? Come on, we’re all friends here. ...

What Is Gene Luen Yang Wearing?

Gene Luen Yang has one of the liveliest minds in children's books, and I was curious to know how he and his family were coping out there in California during the pandemic. He'd been on my mind because I've just read his new book Dragon Hoops, which I was surprised...

What Is Paul Faulstich Wearing?

In college, Paul Faulstich and I were in overlapping friends groups, with our joint slice of the diagram being the Food Co-op, which was sort of the Where the Wild Things Are end of one of the dorms. I have one story about retaliatory bacon bits and another about the...

A Note from Me (May 8, 2020)

Dear Horn Book Reader, And how is everybody this week? It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, so thank a teacher. I must add my own (rather insensitive) thanks to the Curley School, across the street from our house. Its sadly empty grounds have given the four little boys downstairs and next door a nice space in which to run around — yesterday the...

What Is Naomi Shihab Nye Wearing?

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Probably twenty years ago, Young People's Poet Laureate Naomi Shihab Nye, pictured here "wearing pants I normally only wear in Hawai'i because when will I ever be there again?" gave me an object lesson in storytelling. We were having lunch at an outdoor cafe in San Antonio, and because I...

A Note from Me (April 30, 2020)

Dear Horn Book Reader:  I am writing here to let you know what we are doing to keep the Horn Book and its publications going through this miserable era (eon???) of COVID-19 and the quarantine, in whatever form that takes for you. At the Horn Book, we are all working at home,...

What Is Lori Benton Wearing?

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Scholastic Publisher Lori Benton is of course dressed for work as she's at sales conference (I've never been to one of those but it certainly seems like a completely different world from your and my end of the business). Lori lives in Astoria, claims she's in the same apartment where...
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