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Week in Review, August 10th-14th

  This week on hbook.com... August Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter - Back-to-School Edition: 5Qs for Ryan T. Higgins about We Will Rock Our Classmates, picture books to entertain and enlighten readers learning at school or virtually this fall, school-set stories of middle-graders/middle-schoolers dealing with challenges, and YA stories...

Veep 2020

It's possible there have been other vice presidential candidates with picture books by and about them that have preceded their candidacy -- but none springs to mind! Here are three recent and upcoming titles by and about Senator Kamala Harris. (And as far as we know, this is still true.)...

Week in Review, August 3rd-7th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the July/August Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: ALA Awards: In Memoriam: Tomie dePaola (1934–2020) by Andrew Medlar   Read Roger: A Note from Me (August 7, 2020)   Family Reading: 2020 Summer Reading Recommendations by Roger Sutton (Now available in a handy PDF!)...

Week in Review, July 27th-31st

  This week on hbook.com...   From the July/August Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: ALA Awards: Happy Anniversary: The People Could Fly by Nicholl Denice Montgomery   Read Roger: September/October Magazine starred reviews   A Note from Me (July 31, 2020)   Family Reading: Margaret Bloy Graham's Harry the Dirty...

Week in Review, July 20th-24th

  This week on hbook.com... Reviews of 2020 Mind the Gap Award winners   From the July/August Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: ALA Awards: 2020 Mind the Gap Awards: The books that didn't win at ALA   Read Roger: A Note from Me (July 23, 2020)   Family Reading: National...

Baseball's Opening Day 2020

Today is Opening Day for baseball’s shortened season this year – Yankees @ Nationals (2019 World Series champs), with Dr. Anthony Fauci throwing out the first pitch!; Giants @ Dodgers.  You can read with the Nats through their Summer Reading partnership with the Prince George’s County (MD) Memorial Library System. Baseball...

Week in Review, July 13th-17th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the July/August Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: ALA Awards: A Year with Words and Pictures — but No ALA Annual by the Horn Book editors   Read Roger: A Note from Me (July 17, 2020)   Family Reading: Educators, please don't forget books...

July Is National Ice Cream Month

July is National Ice Cream Month, with National Ice Cream Day being this Sunday the 19th (customarily the third Sunday in July). It makes me think longingly of last year's Horn Book Summer Outing to Kimball Farm, complete with ice cream, mini golf, and fried food. And the time when Rashin...

Say Hello to Your Friends, Again: The Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix

I have, you might say, some attachment to Ann M. Martin’s Baby-Sitters Club books. Enough that when a friend suggested a group viewing party of the new Netflix series over Zoom, the answer was, of course. And enough that if the new series had messed up our beloved series, we...

Week in Review, July 6th-10th

  This week on hbook.com... July Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Qs for Monica Brown about Sharuko, nonfiction picture books encouraging outdoor exploration and curiosity, middle-grade novels about kids in summer, and middle school and YA verse novels and poetry   From the July/August Horn Book Magazine Special Issue:...

Submissions...Tradition!

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Who wants to write, has something to contribute, something they can give you, some insightful take? And who’ll send it in, address it to the house— the story they will let you break? The author! The author! Submissions. The author! The author! Submissions.  Who must know the proper use of...

Week in Review, June 29th-July 3rd

  This week on hbook.com...   From the May/June Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Breaking the Rules: Cadenza: The Rules That "Jack" Broke by Shoshana Flax   From the July/August Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: ALA Awards: Children's Literature Legacy Award Acceptance by Kevin Henkes A profile of Kevin Henkes...

Week in Review, June 22nd-26th

  This week on hbook.com... Candace Fleming Talks with Roger about The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh   From the May/June Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Breaking the Rules: Happy Anniversary: Black and White and Read All Over Again by Cathryn M. Mercier Rule Breakers: I Simply Cannot Draw...

Week in Review, June 15th-19th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the May/June Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Breaking the Rules: How Do You Solve a Problem like Nonfiction? by the Horn Book editors Rule Breakers: The World Is My Canvas by Lisa Brown   From the July/August Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: ALA...

Celebrate Juneteenth

Today is Juneteenth, a day of celebration for many, who commemorate June 19th, 1865, the date enslaved people in Texas finally learned of their emancipation. To view three recommended books on the subject, click here. For even more discussion of this day, read this Floyd Cooper Talks with Roger and also Robin...

National Caribbean American Heritage Month

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.” There are many ways to participate -- see the calendar of (virtual) events. Don’t miss the November/December 2017 Horn Book Magazine article “Beyond the “Four...

Week in Review, June 8th-12th

  This week on hbook.com... June Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Qs for Elizabeth Acevedo, YA Pride fiction, Father's Day picture books, and books for middle-graders about big life changes   From the May/June Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Breaking the Rules: Revolution Kid Style Now!*: Writing Books (About...

Week in Review, June 1st-5th

  This week on hbook.com... 2020 BGHB Picture Book Award winners extras 2020 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Award winners extras 2020 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners extras   From the May/June Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Breaking the Rules: Our Modern Minstrelsy by Kekla Magoon Rule Breakers: Not "Not Your Business"...

Week in Review, May 25th-29th

  This week on hbook.com... Presenting the 2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners   From the May/June Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Breaking the Rules: Publishers' Previews: Diversity Five Ways - Five Questions for... Tae Keller | Kiku Hughes | Gayle E. Pitman | Erin Entrada Kelly | Christian Robinson...

Week in Review, May 18th-22nd

  This week on hbook.com... Obituary for Karen Blumenthal (1959-2020)   From the May/June Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Breaking the Rules: "Give Me a Decent Bottle of Poison": Writing a Mystery by Marthe Jocelyn Rule Breakers: Rule Number One by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan Rule Breakers: Stepping Off...

Books beyond buildings: Support your local bookstore and library!

For book lovers everywhere — and particularly parents across the country trying to homeschool their children right now — the services of libraries and bookstores are essential. But this pandemic has left these institutions extremely vulnerable, and they need our support now more than ever. Back in February, when we...

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, "a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States." Here are some links, resources, and articles by and about Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to help acknowledge, celebrate, and amplify the voices of children's book creators of Asian and Pacific...

Week in Review, May 11th-15th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the May/June Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Breaking the Rules: Disturbing the Universe: Books That Broke the Rules by Roger Sutton and Betsy Hearne Rule Breakers: The Good Kid by Remy Lai Rule Breakers: Trusting My Instincts by Nina Crews   Read Roger:...

Jewish American Heritage Month 2020

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May is Jewish American Heritage Month -- and Happy Lag Ba'Omer today! The Boston Public Library's list from last year is a good place to start exploring the (varied) Jewish experience in the U.S. Check out The Knish War on Rivington Street for a glimpse into the early-twentieth-century Lower East...

May/June 2020 Horn Book Magazine cover surprise

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Peek-a-boo! It's the complete May/June Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Breaking the Rules cover. Art by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, gif by Scholastic. ...

Week in Review, May 4th-8th

  This week on hbook.com... Jessie Sima Talks with Roger about Jules vs. the Ocean   From the May/June Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Breaking the Rules: Table of Contents Editorial: There Are (Almost) No Rules Rule Breakers: Walk Away by Naomi Shihab Nye Rule Breakers: The Workaround by Gene...

Mother's Day 2020

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 10th! If you look forward to the annual Make Way for Ducklings Parade in the Boston Public Garden, there are virtual events this year (you can read more by and about the Ducklings' papa, Robert McCloskey, here.) We've reviewed several books about moms and...

Cinco de Mayo 2020

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate (virtually!) with three new booklists from the Guide/Reviews Database starring the holiday itself, Mexican and Mexican American protagonists, and the Spanish language. We've got recommended fiction and nonfiction titles for primary, intermediate, and older readers. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real...

Week in Review, April 27th-May 1st

  This week on hbook.com... Jordan Ifueko Talks with Roger about Raybearer   From the March/April Horn Book Magazine: Happy Anniversary: The Janitor's Boy by Roger Sutton Publishers' Previews: Spring 2020 - Five Questions for... Kelly Yang | Angela DiTerlizzi | Linda Sue Park | Carole Lindstrom & Michaela Goade...

May Day 2020

In commemoration of International Workers' Day, or May Day, here are some book reviews and links to amplify the fight of workers and their efforts to secure better working conditions for all. This has special resonance in 2020 as today's essential workers -- grocery and pharmacy clerks, sanitation workers, emergency childcare...

Día 2020

Today is El día de los niños / El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), a "celebration of children, families, and reading...that emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds." Read more about the history of Día here and find resources for 2020 here....

International Dance Day 2020

Today is International Dance Day, a day to "to celebrate dance, revel in the universality of this art form, cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers, and bring people together with a common language — dance." We hope you are movin' and groovin' in celebration, but when you need a...

Week in Review, April 20th-24th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the May/June Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Breaking the Rules: Preview May/June 2020 Horn Book Magazine   Read Roger: What Is Andy Davis Wearing? What Is Lauren Adams Wearing?   Family Reading: National Library Week 2020 by Elissa Gershowitz   Out of the...

Ramadan 2020

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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...

50th anniversary of Earth Day

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day -- a momentous occasion. This year's theme is Climate Action because "climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable." While the worldwide pandemic has in some ways meant we've been...

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020

Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. I’ve written before about the valuable role children’s and YA books about the Holocaust have played in my reading life. In some ways, my views about Holocaust literature shifted during my two years on the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee, which concluded recently....

Reading for Holocaust Remembrance Day

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day (established by the United Nations General Assembly) is January 27 and Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, the United States, and other countries) is in April or May (in 2020 it's April 21). All of the following titles were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and...

Week in Review, April 13th-17th

  This week on hbook.com... Jon Lasser Talks with Roger about Grow Kind   Read Roger: What Is Kim Parker wearing? What Are Chloe and Miles wearing? Good Times to Come   Out of the Box: What are we reading? What are you reading?   Reviews of the Week: Picture...

What are we reading? What are you reading?

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Shoshana Flax: "A memoir of how many times I have walked the same ten feet."                       Martha Parravano: "Where maybe they stopped all the ferries in time and don't have the Rona."                ...

Week in Review, April 6th-10th

  This week on hbook.com... April Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Qs for Diana Murray and Zachariah OHora, preschool bedtime books, National Poetry Month 2020 for middle-graders, and 75th anniversary of WWII's VE Day for middle school and high school readers   From the Mar/Apr 2020 Horn Book Magazine:...

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...

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...

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

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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...

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...   Read Roger: The 2020 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction   Calling Caldecott: 2020 CaldeNotts by Nithya Sivashankar A Big Bed for Little Snow by Tarie Sabido ¡Vamos! by Elissa Gershowitz   Out of the Box: Second Book Syndrome: In Defense of Second Books...

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...
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