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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:...

Week in Review, November 16th-20th

  This week on hbook.com... Jairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng Talk with Roger about Cave Paintings   From the November/December Horn Book Magazine: Field Notes: Books Everlasting: Teaching Children's Literature to Older Adults by Amy Kellman   Read Roger: Local Girl Makes Good A Note from Me (Nov 13, 2020)...

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...

Hotel, motel

If you're feeling wistful about November travel -- or about the Rosebud Motel -- here are three new books set in motels. See also the Hotels and Motels subject list in the Guide/Reviews Database (free COVID-19 access info here). No Vacancy by Tziporah Cohen Intermediate, Middle School    Groundwood    144 pp.    g  9/20    978-1-77306-410-9    $16.95  e-book ed. ...

2020 Jewish Book Council Seminar

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In these days of not going anywhere, I had a chance to attend and speak at an event I’d never been to before: the Jewish Book Council’s annual Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Seminar, held over Zoom this year. I was part of the Post-Publication Panel, along with Becca Kantor, Susan Kusel (my former Sydney...

Week in Review, November 9th-13th

  This week on hbook.com... November Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Qs for Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith about "I Talk like a River"; fiction and nonfiction picture books about hearing, sound, and speech; fiction for middle-grade and middle-school sports fans, and YA American historical fiction   From the...

Veterans Day 2020

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. The Guide/Reviews Database is honoring them with three new booklists of recent recommended fiction and nonfiction titles for primary, intermediate, and older readers. Grade levels...

Week in Review, November 2nd-6th

  This week on hbook.com... An Interview with MacArthur Fellow Jacqueline Woodson by Elissa Gershowitz, Monique Harris, Nicholl Denice Montgomery, and Dr. Kim Parker Cynthia Leitich Smith and Rosemary Brosnan Talk with Roger about HarperCollins's new imprint Heartdrum   From the November/December Horn Book Magazine: Writing as an Act of...

Week in Review, October 26th-30th

  This week on hbook.com... Cecily Kaiser Talks with Roger about Penguin Worshop's new imprint RISE for children ages 0-5   2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards coverage for Picture Book week: October 26: Picture Book Honor Book Birdsong October 27: Picture Book Honor Book Pokko and the Drum October 28:...

Bundles of joy

We’re pleased to introduce Book Bundles on the Guide/Reviews Database. Each week we post a short list of recommended new books, mainly nonfiction for all ages. The books may share a theme or subject matter or age level or author -- every week brings a new bundle of book joy to...

Week in Review, October 19th-23rd

  This week on hbook.com...   2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards coverage for Nonfiction week: October 19: Field Notes: Teaching Infinite Hope by Dean Schneider (from the September/October Horn Book Magazine) October 20: Nonfiction Honor Book Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir October 21: Nonfiction Honor Book It Began with a Page:...

Week in Review, October 12th-16th

  This week on hbook.com... October Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Qs for Grace Lin about her Storytelling Math board book series, fiction and nonfiction picture books about our ever-changing weather and seasons, lighthearted supernatural stories for middle-graders and middle-schoolers, and YA ghosts and demons   2020 Boston Globe-Horn...

Indigenous Peoples' Day 2020

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, October 5th-9th

  This week on hbook.com... Katie Yamasaki Talks with Roger about Everything Naomi Loved   2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards coverage for Welcome week: October 5: Welcome to BGHB 2020 by Horn Book editor in chief, Roger Sutton October 6: My Favorite BGHB Winner October 7: BGHB at 50 (from...

Week in Review, September 28th-October 2nd

  This week on hbook.com... Jonathan Auxier Talks with Roger about How We Got to the Moon   From the September/October Horn Book Magazine: Publishers' Previews: Fall 2020 - Five Questions for... Amanda McCrina | Jan Thomas | Saadia Faruqi | Nic Stone | James Patterson & Kwame Alexander  ...

Sukkot 2020

Sukkot starts tonight! This year, outdoor-ish dining in a sukkah, a temporary outdoor booth with a plant-based roof, feels extra-fashionable (though maybe this isn’t the year to invite a crowd). Whether you’re an old hand or feel like you don’t know your schach from your etrog, here are some books from...

Banned Books Week 2020

It’s Banned Books Week! From The American Library Association’s website: “Every year, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The lists are based on information from media stories and...

Week in Review, September 21st-25th

  This week on hbook.com... John Rocco Talks with Roger about How We Got to the Moon   From the September/October Horn Book Magazine: In Memoriam: Lee Kingman Natti (1919–2020) by Lolly Robinson   Read Roger: A Note from Me (Sep 25, 2020)   Calling Caldecott: The Old Truck by...

Laptop workstation

Who else's home workstation looks kind of like this -- laptop balanced on thick children's books? Show us your pix!  Photo: Elissa Gershowitz...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)

Photo: Elissa Gershowitz We know what she would do; she told us in the words she left behind and the way she lived her life. RIP, RBG. Your loss is immeasurable. May we live up to your ideals. Find book recommendations here and at the Guide/Reviews Database* tag Ruth Bader Ginsburg....

Week in Review, September 14th-18th

  This week on hbook.com... Daniel Kraus Talks with Roger about They Threw Us Away   From the September/October Horn Book Magazine: Children's Books and Contradictions by Emma Otheguy   Read Roger: A Note from Me (Sep 18, 2020)   Calling Caldecott: Let's Do This! by Julie Danielson A Conversation...

Rosh Hashanah 2020

Rosh Hashanah begins tonight! The much-maligned 2020 may not be over yet, but at least we’ve nearly made it through 5780. ;-) Whatever 5781 brings, we hope it’s filled with good music, good games, satisfying journeys (real, virtual, or metaphorical), good progress, good relationships, maybe a little magic, safety and...

National Hispanic Heritage Latinx Heritage Month 2020

National Hispanic Heritage Latinx Heritage Month is a time for "paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society." It runs from September 15-October 15. For more information and a calendar of events, visit the National Hispanic Heritage Month website. And mark your calendars for...

Week in Review, September 7th-11th

  This week on hbook.com... September Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Qs for Evette Dionne about Lifting as We Climb, nonfiction books for middle school and YA readers about people making a difference tackling important social issues, stories about siblings for middle-grade readers, and books for primary readers starring...

Week in Review, August 31st-September 4th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the September/October Horn Book Magazine: Table of Contents Editorial: Effin' Jeez by Roger Sutton   Read Roger: A Note from Me (Sep 4, 2020)   Family Reading: Drawing Comfort from Shared Reading by Megan Dowd Lambert Carrots, carrots by Elissa Gershowitz   Reviews...

Week in Review, August 24th-28th

  This week on hbook.com... Trudy Ludwig Talks with Roger about The Power of One   From the July/August Horn Book Magazine: Publishers' Previews: Debut Authors - Five Questions for... Kim Johnson | Lynnette Mawhinney | Julie Lee   From the September/October Horn Book Magazine: The Writer's Page: "At the...

Week in Review, August 17th-21st

  This week on hbook.com...   From the July/August Horn Book Magazine: Publishers' Previews: Debut Authors - Five Questions for... Seamus Kirst | Aiden Thomas | Tessa Allen   Read Roger: A Note from Me (August 21, 2020)   Family Reading: Reading Together, Apart by Margo Bartlett A Case for...

I spy with my Warby Parker glasses...

(Photo: Warby Parker Boston Seaport) ...original art by author/illustrator Maira Kalman! The other weekend I needed to get my Welty (Eastern Bluebird Fade) glasses adjusted and ended up at Warby Parker's Boston Seaport location, only to discover the New Yorker (and Horn Book Guide!) cover artist's original paintings gracing the...

Suffrage Centennial 1920-2020

Tuesday, August 18, marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment: "The right of the citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex..." Three new nonfiction books on women's suffrage...

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

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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...
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