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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...

Week in Review, March 16th-20th

  This week on hbook.com... Henry Cole Talks with Roger about One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey   Family Reading: Staying Home by Elissa Gershowitz (Be sure to follow #HBInterviews #HBFamilyReading and #KidsatHome)   Out of the Box: Women's History Month 2020, Week 3   Reviews of the Week: Starred...

Women's History Month 2020, Week 3

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: What Makes a Good Storytime? by Julie...

Week in Review, March 9th-13th

  This week on hbook.com... March Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Q for Alice Faye Duncan, Women's History Month 2020 picture-book biographies, middle-grade mystery & detective stories, and YA magic   From the Mar/Apr 2020 Horn Book Magazine: The Writer's Page: Compassion, as Well as Correctness by Padma Ventrakaman...

Women's History Month 2020, Week 2

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: March/April 2019 Publishers’ Previews: Spring Preview, featuring...

Pi Day 2020

Pi Day (3.14) is this Saturday. Last year we recommended books about Women in STEM and computing, for both Pi Day and Women's History Month; along with two books about...pie. This year we'll add another pie-related title — Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai, a 2019 Horn Book Fanfare title....

Happy Holi!

Holi — "the Festival of Colors" — is here! The festival has roots in several Hindu legends and is a time to welcome spring, celebrate friendships, forgive wrongs, and start anew. Here are three recent books featuring the holiday for very young children. Thanks to Ajanta Chakraborty for recently sending...

Purim 2020

There are many good ways to spend International Women’s Day (see this post https://www.hbook.com/?detailStory=international-womens-day-2020 for lots of books to read). This woman spent it baking hamentaschen — and, when the strawberry jam was a little too runny for the cookies to hold their shape, persisted by switching to blackberry. And...

Week in Review, March 2nd-6th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the Mar/Apr 2020 Horn Book Magazine: Table of Contents Editorial: Books About Kids like Me by Roger Sutton   Obituaries: Betsy Byars (1928–2020)   Family Reading: Ask Family Reading: Dueling Books by Sarah Howard Parker   Out of the Box: Women's History Month...

Women's History Month 2020, Week 1

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: Collective biographies for Women's History Month Five...

International Women's Day 2020

This Sunday, March 8, 2020 is International Women's Day. On hornbookguide.com, we've compiled two booklists of recent biographies, one for younger and one for older readers, to honor the extraordinary lives of women, girls, and female-identifying people throughout history from around the world. And every day throughout the month of...

Super Tuesday 2020: We voted

Today is Super Tuesday, and we Massachusetts-dwellers are heading to the polls for primary voting to elect the next president (we hear Senator Warren is voting across the river in Cambridge practically as we speak!). We are also celebrating Women's History Month, and ICYMI read our Five Questions interview with...

Women's History Month 2020

March is Women's History Month. To celebrate the accomplishments of women and female-identifying people — and in commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted some (but not all) women the right to vote — we will be highlighting speeches, interviews, articles, books, and more that underscore...

Week in Review, February 24th-28th

  This week on hbook.com...   Family Reading [From the Jan/Feb 2020 Horn Book Magazine]: Books in the Home: The Joys of Cooking: Good Books About Good Food by Dean Schneider   Out of the Box: Katherine Johnson (1918–2020) 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die page-a-day by Mikayla Lawrence...

Black History Month 2020, Week 4

Throughout February, we're celebrating Black History Month by highlighting articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field. Look for the social media tag #HBBlackHistoryMonth on Facebook.com/TheHornBook and @HornBook.   This week's articles and speeches: Jerry...

Beyond Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month beyond February with the following recent picture book biographies of inspiring Black figures, recommended for sharing with young readers all year long.   Anderson, Beth Lizzie Demands a Seat!: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights 32 pp. | Boyds Mills & Kane/Calkins | January, 2020 |...

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die page-a-day

February is an interesting month. If you’re the type to make New Year’s resolutions, you’ll probably know by February whether or not you’ll follow through with them. For example, if you’ve already stopped going to the gym — or haven’t even started yet — I hate to break it to...

Katherine Johnson (1918-2020)

We were sad to hear of the death today of Katherine Johnson at age 101. In recent years there have been several books for young people about this remarkable "hidden figure," including her 2019 autobiography Reaching for the Moon and the titles below. As we near the end of Black...

Week in Review, February 17th-21st

  This week on hbook.com... Sara Pennypacker Talks with Roger   From the Nov/Dec 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Letter to the Editor from Bill McCullam, and Response from Roger Sutton, February 2020   From the Mar/Apr 2020 Horn Book Magazine: The Birds and the Bees by Shoshana Flax   Read...

Black History Month 2020, Week 3

Throughout February, we're celebrating Black History Month by highlighting articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field. Look for the social media tag #HBBlackHistoryMonth on Facebook.com/TheHornBook and @HornBook.   This week's articles and speeches: 2019...

Week in Review, February 10th-14th

  This week on hbook.com... February Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Q for Printz winner A.S. King on Dig., Horn Book reviews of the #alayma20 winners, YA love stories for #BlackHistoryMonth2020, and nonfiction picture books for #PresidentsDay.   Out of the Box: Someday We Will Fly: Sydney Taylor Book...

Black History Month 2020, Week 2

Throughout February, we're celebrating Black History Month by highlighting articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field. Look for the social media tag #HBBlackHistoryMonth on Facebook.com/TheHornBook and @HornBook.   This week's articles and speeches: Fresh...

Oge Mora at Frugal Books

On Friday afternoon, several of us from the office went over to Frugal Bookstore (where I’d never been before. If you’re in the Boston area, go!) and got to hear Oge Mora read from The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read (Schwartz & Wade/Random), written by Rita Lorraine...

Someday We Will Fly: Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour

Welcome to our stop on the 2020 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour! Author Rachel DeWoskin was kind enough to answer my questions about Someday We Will Fly (Viking), this year’s Gold Medal winner in the Young Adult category. In this lushly written historical novel, Lillia and her father and...

Week in Review, February 3rd-7th

  This week on hbook.com... ALA Midwinter 2020 Slideshow   From the Mar/Apr 2020 Horn Book Magazine: Preview March/April 2020 Horn Book Magazine   Read Roger: March/April 2020 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews   Family Reading: Eoin Colfer at Porter Square Books by Elissa Gershowitz   Out of the Box:...

Black History Month 2020, Week 1

Throughout February, we're celebrating Black History Month by highlighting articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field. Look for the social media tag #HBBlackHistoryMonth on Facebook.com/TheHornBook and @HornBook.   This week's articles and speeches: An...

Apply for a summer Horn Book internship + meet interns Genie and Mikayla!

Interested in learning more about the children’s book industry, book reviewing, or how magazines and review journals operate? A Horn Book internship is a great place to start. Our editorial interns are an invaluable help in managing the gazillion books that enter and leave our office (and if the phrase...

Happy World Read Aloud Day

...one of our favorite days of the year! To help you celebrate, here are some recommended books, Horn Book Fanfare 2019 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners 2020 ALA Youth Media Award winners Board Book Roundup: Treasure Hunting in the Public Library by Julie Roach (September/October 2018 Magazine) The 2020...

Black History Month 2020

On the historic heels of the 2020 Newbery and Caldecott medals going to the same African American winners of the CSK Author and Illustrator Awards at the ALA Youth Media Awards on January 27th, it's time for our annual commemoration of Black History Month (see HBBlackHistoryMonth16, HBBlackHistoryMonth17, HBBlackHistoryMonth18, and HBBlackHistoryMonth19)....

Week in Review, January 27th-31st

  This week on hbook.com... Coverage of the ALA Youth Media Awards including Horn Book reviews of the winners   Calling Caldecott: 2020 Caldecott announcement by Martha V. Parravano and Julie Danielson The 2020 Robin Smith Picture Book Prize by Dean Schneider   Family Reading: Building on the foundation by...

Mother forking space and time

The neighborhood that the four main characters of NBC's The Good Place resided in was rebooted over 800 times by the demon Michael. Every time one of the characters would figure out that they were actually in The Bad Place, Michael would wipe their memories and start over. The "series...

Week in Review, January 20th-24th

  This week on hbook.com... Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey Talk with Roger   Calling Caldecott: It's Time to Vote! -- Calling Caldecott 2020 ballot is now open by Martha V. Parravano and Julie Danielson Results of the 2020 Calling Caldecott Mock Vote by Martha V. Parravano and Julie Danielson The...

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

I'm a descendant of a Salem witch — and proudly take the opportunity to bring this up any time there is a “tell us a fun fact” ice breaker. I was elated when the Netflix original series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina first aired in October 2018, and devoured it in...

Visit us at Midwinter 2020 Booth 934

We're excited for ALA Midwinter 2020 in Philadelphia. We'll be at Booth 934 -- stop by and say hello! If you'd like to relive last year's excitement, read the 2019 Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King Award speeches and more, from the July/August 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Christopher Myers's speech on...

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Year of the Rat! We wish all who are celebrating a new year full of joy and prosperity. We've updated our Lunar New Year reading list with fiction and nonfiction books featuring the holiday for preschool, primary, and intermediate readers. All of the titles below were recommended by The...

Week in Review, January 13th-17th

  This week on hbook.com... Publishers' Preview: Picture Books - Five Questions for... Angela Joy | Minh Le | Gwendolyn Hooks & Simone Agoussoye | Evan Turk   Read Roger: The 2020 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction   Calling Caldecott: 2020 CaldeNotts by Nithya Sivashankar A Big Bed for...

Books for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Perhaps now more than ever, Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides an opportunity to reflect not only on the life of the great civil rights leader, but also on how far we've come — and how very far we still have to go. Read this Boston Globe Magazine article by...

Second Book Syndrome: In Defense of Second Books

Second book syndrome. As readers, we’ve all heard of it and even diagnosed some books we’ve read with it. After loving an author's first book, we might not find that their second book lives up to our expectations (or the hype). I’ve found this is especially true with series. Book...

Week in Review, January 6th-10th

  This week on hbook.com... Publishers' Preview: Picture Books - Five Questions for... Angela Joy | Minh Le | Gwendolyn Hooks & Simone Agoussoye | Evan Turk January Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Q for Kacen Callender on King and the Dragonflies, more sense of place middle grade, intergenerational...

2019 in review

Happy New Year! We hope your year is full of great reads and good friends. As we kick off 2020, it's also a good time to take a stroll down memory lane at 2019. We had a very busy year, including our two newly revamped websites hbook.com and hornbookguide.com --...

Little Women movie

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Greta Gerwig's film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's 1868 classic is by far the most inventive (constructed out of chronological order, with constant flashbacks and flash forwards); the most meta (with Jo March herself cast as the author of Little Women, and with an audacious twist at the end regarding Professor Bhaer); the most political...

#SpreadLight

Recently, and particularly this Hanukkah, we’ve seen a rash of incidents indicating the unfortunate prevalence of antisemitism. As this Association of Jewish Libraries statement says, “We will not allow our communities to accept antisemitic terrorism or any other form of hate crime as ‘the new normal.’ We will spread knowledge...

Harry for the holidays

Shoshana Flax: Old Potter fans never die, they just sit down at the Yule Ball.  Cindy and I spent the evening of Sunday, December 15th at the Middle East nightclub in Cambridge for the Boston edition of Harry and the Potters’ Yule Ball. (The Black Cat in Washington, DC, and...

Board Books for Holiday Travel

It's that time of year when families with children board planes, trains, and automobiles for holiday travel — and sometimes lugging their favorite full-size picture books can be a strain. That's when board book editions of those picture books come in handy. In Rachel G. Payne’s excellent board book round up in...

Week in Review, December 16th-20th

  This week on hbook.com... The 2019-2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award judges have been announced! More on submission info here.   From the Nov/Dec 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Happy Anniversary: When Sophie Gets Angry — Really, Really Angry... by Martha V. Parravano Board Book Roundup: Board Books Build Brains by...

Holiday Outing 2019

When you have a good cruise director, you get good ocean views. At least, we did on our holiday outing Monday in Boston’s Seaport District, planned by Cruise Director Cindy Ritter. We had a delicious lunch at Legal Sea Foods Harborside. And then it was off to the movies, in...

Draw Away with Hervé Tullet!

The Horn Book interns have the pleasure of receiving, opening, and occasionally playing with the incoming mail. I got to open a box from Chronicle Books in which I discovered Hervé Tullet’s Ready, Set, Draw!: A Game of Creativity and Imagination. This non-competitive game is meant for groups of 2-6...

Week in Review, December 9th-13th

  This week on hbook.com... December Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: Language and Literature; War and Peacemakers; U.S. Landmarks; and Poetry and Poetry Collections   From the Nov/Dec 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Holiday High Notes 2019   Calling Caldecott: Double Bass Blues by Nicholl Montgomery Saturday by Brian...

Week in Review, December 2nd-6th

  This week on hbook.com... Fanfare 2019, the Horn Book's "Best Books" List - newly annotated! Jerry Craft Talks with Roger about New Kid Obituary: Andrew Clements (1949-2019)   From the Nov/Dec 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Why Do Comics Matter? — The Zena Sutherland Lecture by Gene Luen Yang  ...

Fanfare 2019 -- more on!

Read more by and about some of our Fanfare 2019 authors and illustrators below. Find our at-a-glance Fanfare 2019 booklist here and our newly annotated list here.   Picture Books Calling Caldecott: The Little Guys Five Questions for Vera Brosgol about Leave Me Alone  Family Reading: Happy Camping! Summer Camp...

Week in Review, November 18th-22nd

  This week on hbook.com...   Fanfare 2019, the Horn Book's "Best Books" List Pat Mora Talks with Roger about My Singing Nana   Calling Caldecott: A Brief Pause for 'Nominations' Why the Hell Hasn't a Book Won the Newbery AND the Caldecott? by Elisa Gall and Jonathan Hunt River...

Transgender Awareness Week

Transgender Awareness Week is November 13-19, leading to Transgender Day of Remembrance / Trans Day of Resilience on November 20th, today. We join our trans, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary family members, friends, and neighbors near and far in celebrating the lives of trans people, remembering those lost to transphobic hate...

Week in Review, November 11th-15th

  This week on hbook.com...   November Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: 5Q for Susan Cooper on The Shortest Day, more contemplative seasonal picture books, YA audiobooks, and intermediate/middle school historical fiction   Calling Caldecott: When Aidan Became a Brother by Hillary Saxton Vroom! by Martha V. Parravano You...

Veterans Day 2019

Today, Veterans Day, is a good day to share books about veterans, their experiences and sacrifices, and their supportive families and communities on the homefront. These titles, both fiction and nonfiction for a range of reader ages, were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide at...

Week in Review, November 4th-8th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the September/October 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Borderlands: Reading as Theater by Dean Schneider   Calling Caldecott: The 2019 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children's Books list by Julie Danielson The Undefeated by Monique Harris My Papi Has a Motorcycle by...

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, a celebration of the many varied Native American cultures. Check out the official website for more information and lots of resources. Here are some additional articles and links from The Horn Book's archives and beyond. Horn Book resources about Native writers and their work...

Week in Review, October 28th-November 1st

  This week on hbook.com... From the September/October 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Horn Boo! Halloween Book Recommendations From the November/December 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Table of Contents Editorial: Little Jackie Paper by Roger Sutton Elisha Cooper Talks with Roger about River   Calling Caldecott: The Fisherman and the Whale by...

A Spooky Surprise

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Happy Halloween! To help myself get into the festive holiday spirit on a recent trip to New York's picturesque Hudson Valley for a friend's wedding, I embraced the local literary love for a certain spooky tale: Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." The scene was set listening to the...

Reading for Diwali

Diwali began yesterday. In honor of the Festival of Lights, here are some books about the celebration of Diwali along with picture books and fiction by and about South Asian and South Asian American people. These books for young readers — all recommended at the time of their publication by...

Week in Review, October 21st-25th

  This week on hbook.com... From the September/October 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Happy Anniversary: It's Perfectly Normal by Kitty Flynn Horn Boo! Halloween Book Recommendations From the November/December 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Letter to the Editor from Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley, November 2019 Calling Caldecott: The Caldecott Torch...

Boston Book Festival 2019

Cindy Ritter: I started off the morning setting up our booth. Two moments of pride: figuring out how to hang up our banner using some zip-tie chain-link magic; and discussing with passersby the 2019 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award–winning books we had on display, which I’d chosen this year with committee...

All Woman Spacewalk

If you were inspired by this morning's history-making all-woman spacewalk -- like we were! -- here are some booklists about: strong women making an impact,  picture-book biographies of pioneering women, collective biographies of "brazen" women, and groundbreaking women in STEAM. And don't miss the new picture book Astro Girl, by...

Week in Review, October 14th-18th

  This week on hbook.com... From the September/October 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Field Notes: Readers and Refugees by Theo Heras   Reviews of the Week: Starred Picture Book: Double Bass Blues by Andrea J. Loney; illus. by Rudy Gutierrez Fiction: Butterfly Yellow by Thanhhà Lai Starred Nonfiction: Crossing On Time:...

Apply for a spring Horn Book internship + meet interns Natalie and KP!

Interested in learning more about the children’s book industry, book reviewing, or how magazines and review journals operate? A Horn Book internship is a great place to start. Our editorial interns are an invaluable help in managing the gazillion books that enter and leave our office (and if the phrase...

Indigenous Peoples' Day 2019

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It’s Indigenous Peoples' Day! We urge you — today and all year — to seek out and share books respectfully representing indigenous North American peoples and cultures. For an extensive resource by a cultural insider and a children’s literature scholar, please visit Dr. Debbie Reese’s website American Indians in Children’s Literature (and in particular...

Week in Review, September 30th - October 4th

This week on hbook.com... Tonight is the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony! Visit our Twitter, Facebook,  and Instagram accounts for highlights from the evening's festivities, and stay tuned for more BGHB content coming on the website next week. Starred reviews coming in the November/December 2019 Horn Book Magazine Kimberly Jones and...

Rainbow Rowell at Congregation Kehillath Israel

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Rainbow Rowell and Margaret Willison (and Baz and Simon!). Photo: Shoshana Flax.   Rainbow Rowell wrote Wayward Son in secret. A sequel to Carry On — a risky proposition itself, in that it’s set in the fictional universe for which the protagonist of her realistic novel Fangirl writes fanfiction (got...

Gabby Rivera and Roxane Gay at CRLS

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the world, but then you read.” -James Baldwin What do you do when the world is trying to erase you for not being white, male, and heterosexual? You write books. At least that what’s Gabby Rivera and Roxane Gay do....

Rosh Hashanah 2019

Rosh Hashanah is here! Wishing you a year of good friends, good times with family, good humor, personal growth, beautiful art, comfort if there are difficult times, and new discoveries. Shana tovah!...

Week in Review, September 23rd - 27th

This week on hbook.com... Duncan Tonatiuh Talks with Roger Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book, September 2019 issue: health and human body, undocumented immigrant experiences, coding and computer science, and exploration Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Sweep by Louise Greig; illus. by Júlia Sardà  Fiction: More to the Story by Hena Khan Nonfiction:...

Book People's Day Out

We at the Horn Book are book people. Professional readers. Reviewers, fact-checkers, editors, and designers. But sometimes, we just need to take a break from our literary pursuits and swing a mini-golf club.  Our office outing (we call it “the summer outing,” and Friday was still summer — like I...

New HB Guide Online reviews September 2019

As I hope you all know, the Horn Book Guide Online now publishes reviews of recommended books every month. Just this week we’ve added over a hundred more reviews to the database, as well as updated the (free!) content on the homepage: right now we’re featuring the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn...

Jacqueline Woodson Red at the Bone

On Wednesday evening, I got the opportunity to hear Jacqueline Woodson read from her latest novel for adults, Red at the Bone, at the First Parish Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, hosted by Harvard Book Store. Within minutes, I was transported from the church pew in Cambridge to a stoop in...

Global Climate Strike 19

Today in Boston (and around the world) children are participating in the Global Climate Strike to raise awareness -- and demand action -- about climate change. Here are some additional articles and links from The Horn Book about environmental activism and young people Making a Difference. As Whitney said, children...

2018–2019 yearbook superlatives

Summer is winding down: the weather has turned cooler (sob!) and students are starting the new school year. Get into the back-to-school mood with our senior superlatives for characters in the "class" of 2018–2019. What superlative would you award your favorite character? Most musical: Bri Jackson, On the Come Up;...

Week in Review, August 19th - 23rd

This week on hbook.com...   Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Cyril and Pat by Emily Gravett Fiction: Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Pérez Nonfiction: Hummingbird by Nicola Davies; illus. by Jane Ray Audiobook: Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary Schmidt; read by Christopher...

"First Day of School"

"First Day of School" was the subject line of an email I got from my dad today. Given that my younger brother and I have been out of school for *cough cough* years, this could only mean...Puppy Preschool! My parents' four-month-old dachshund puppy, Lilly, started "school" yesterday. Here she is,...

New HB Guide Online reviews August 2019

Here we are again! We’ve just added close to 200 new reviews to the revamped Horn Book Guide Online. In fact, you can now expect updates to this super-spiffy review database every month going forward (as opposed to every other month on the old site). And, as we add reviews each...

Week in Review, August 12th - 16th

This week on hbook.com... August Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: 5Q for George Takei on They Called Us Enemy, more books about Japanese internment, picture books about things that go, nonfiction about amazing animals August Back-to-School edition of The Horn Book Herald: 5Q for Celia C. Pérez on Strange...

Week in Review, July 29th–August 2nd

This week on hbook.com...   Starred reviews coming in the September/October 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine Obituary: Toni Morrison (1931-2019) From the May/June 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The CSK Book Awards at 50: Lift Every Voice: "Side B" by Michele Wood   Reviews of the Week:...

2019 Children's Literature Summer Institute follow-up

From July 25rd to the 28th, I had the honor of attending my first Children’s Literature Summer Institute at Simmons University. As a graduate student at Simmons, I enrolled in the two-week summer course tied to the institute, taught by this year's Carol S. Kline Visiting Professor, Eric Tribunella of...

Week in Review, July 29th–August 2nd

This week on hbook.com... Preview the September/October 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine   From the May/June 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The CSK Book Awards at 50: "Lift Every Voice: Thank You Gusty" by Floyd Cooper   Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Puppy Truck by Brian...

Happy birthday, Harry!

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Happy birthday to one of kidlit's most beloved and backlashed big-name characters, Harry Potter! (He'd be thirty-nine this year. Holy hippogriff.) The Horn Book has had a lot to say — good, bad, and damn, these books are long — about The Boy Who Lived over the years. Here's a...

Conference Report: 2019 Children's Literature Summer Institute at Simmons University: "Make Way"

This past weekend, Martha Parravano, Cynthia K. Ritter, and Shoshana Flax took turns attending “Make Way,” the 2019 Summer Children’s Literature Institute at Simmons University. Here are our (chronological) combined impressions from this weekend. Cindy: On Thursday night, Shoshana and I caught up over dinner with some of our Simmons...

Mmm...hummus

Or as we call it...YUM-mus. Eight people, five containers of hummus. You do the math....

Reviews added to the (new!) HB Guide Online July 2019

We’re excited to announce our first batch of new reviews since the launch of the new Horn Book Guide Online! Among the newly uploaded reviews in the database are excerpted Horn Book Magazine reviews, more titles from the Horn Book’s summer reading list, and the remaining 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book...

Reviews of 2019 Mind the Gap Award winners

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. Our annual Mind the Gap Awards pay tribute to our favorite books that didn’t win. Here’s how we reviewed our 2019 winners.   A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes; illus. by the author Preschool    Greenwillow    40 pp.    g 9/18    978-0-06-266827-1    $18.99...

Celebrating America's Moon Landing

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of NASA’s Apollo 11, the first space mission to land on the moon. (This Saturday, July 20th will be the anniversary of the actual moon landing and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's moon walk.) CBS, which broadcast the historic event live in...

"WE ARE HERE": queer books beyond subtext

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City, an event that laid the groundwork for the first Gay Pride parade and celebrations that have evolved into a month-long recognition of LGBTQ+ identities and communities.During my 1990s childhood in a pervasively conservative, Christian, Southern environment, I...

Apply for a fall Horn Book internship + meet intern Katie!

Interested in learning more about the children’s book industry, book reviewing, or how magazines and review journals operate? A Horn Book internship is a great place to start.Our editorial interns are an invaluable help in managing the gazillion books that enter and leave our office (and if the phrase “gazillion...

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah near Santa Monica*: 2019 AJL annual conference recap

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This year’s Association of Jewish Libraries annual conference was held June 17th through 19th in Woodland Hills, CA. That’s in the Los Angeles area, near Topanga Canyon, lots of beaches, and plenty of other beautiful scenery. As a member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee, I was forced to attend.It’s...

#ALAAC19 Booth 725

Roger, Martha, and Elissa will be at ALA Annual #ALAAC19 in Washington, DC, this weekend. The Horn Book's booth is 725 -- please stop by. The swag is good. We'll have posters of 2019 Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall's July/August Horn Book Magazine cover (at right; hello, lighthouse!). On Monday morning...

Upcoming CSK gala -- ridiculous shoes

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I am so excited to attend the CSK Gala at the Library of Congress on Friday night during ALA, honoring the fiftieth anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. See the EMIERT website for more on "Coretta Scott King Book Awards: 50 Years Strong," and of course check out...

Week in Review, June 10th - 14th

  This week on hbook.com... Welcome to the newly revamped Horn Book Guide Online! June 2019 Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Mariko Tamaki, middle grade and YA for Pride Month, picture books for Father's Day, and easy-reader BFFs June 2019 Horn Book Herald: Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Edition,...

National Caribbean American Heritage Month 2019

June is National Caribbean American Heritage Month, which celebrates “the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States.” This past Monday, the City of Cambridge held a reception at City Hall; see the graphic above for additional events and celebrations around Massachusetts.Don’t...

Because of course. #Pride

Massachusetts #LibrariansWithSuperpowers at Boston #Pride 2019...

Week in Review, June 3rd - 7th

This week on hbook.com...Preview July/August 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards featuring original cover art by Sophie BlackallICYMI: Presenting the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners! Click to read the press release, watch the announcement video, and read reviews of the winning titles.From the May/June 2019 Horn Book...

Week in Review, May 27th - 31st

This week on hbook.com...Presenting the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners! Click to read the press release, watch the announcement video, and read reviews of the winning titles.Horn Book Magazine starred reviews, July/August 2019From May/June 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The CSK Book Awards at 50: “An Interview with...

Week in Review, May 20th - 24th

This week on hbook.com...Remembering Judith Kerr (1923-2019)Summer Reading 2019 featuring 5Q for Isabel Quintero and Zeke PeñaFrom May/June 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The CSK Book Awards at 50: Lift Every Voice: "My Own Origin Story" by Javaka SteptoeMay Nonfiction Notes: life skills, activists and activism, evolution, and sustainable eating...
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