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Show Me Your Shelves

Dear library and bookstore colleagues: For our forthcoming special issue, “Breaking the Rules,” the Horn Book Magazine is looking for examples of DIY book cataloging, classification, shelving, and display. That is, we want to see cases in which you broke your own rules of what-goes-where in order to give a...

Sara Pennypacker Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by   Packed off each day to a recreational program for the summer, Ware, star of Sara Pennypacker’s Here in the Real World, instead sneaks out to find a most unlikely...

The Birds and the Bees

Birds of a Feather. Helen’s Birds. Johnny’s Pheasant. Strange Birds. The Parrot and the Merchant. Fly! Sometimes, particular subjects take off in children’s books. Lately, bird books are soaring, and the office hivemind has noticed bee books gathering, too. See Nesting by Henry Cole and Honeybee: The Busy Life of...

Letter to the Editor from Bill McCullam and Response from Roger Sutton, February 2020

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November/December 2019 Horn Book  It will not readily be appreciated how much a watershed the 2019 Zena Sutherland Lecture and Gene Luen Yang article represents for The Horn Book (and the Newbery and Caldecott committees). Since, at least, the February 1963 issue when Ruth Hill Viguers took a stand for...

Ask Family Reading: Watching the film

We are thrilled to announce a brand-new addition to The Horn Book's Family Reading blog: a bouncing baby...advice column! If you have a question you'd like to Ask Family Reading; offer feedback; or just say hi, leave a note in the Comments section below. Also follow us on Twitter @HornBook...

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...

Five Questions for A.S. King about Dig.

A.S. King’s Dig. (Dutton, 14 years and up) was the winner of the 2020 Printz Award. The story focuses on five teens with a startling connection that is only gradually revealed. Constantly shifting perspectives — between the unforgettable teens themselves, along with an outsized cast — keep readers off-balance and...

Books mentioned in the February 2020 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five Questions for A.S. King Dig. by A.S. King, Dutton, 14 years and up. I Crawl Through It by A.S. King, Little, Brown, 14 years and up. Reviews of the 2020 ALA Youth Media Award winners YA love stories for Black History Month 2020 With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo,...

From the Editor - February 2020

Yes, Notes from the Horn Book looks and works a little different/ly and we hope you find it works for you! (Send any complaints or compliments to newsletter@hbook.com.) It’s a very busy time in the Horn Book office: the March/April issue of the Magazine goes to the printer today and...

Picture books for Presidents' Day 2020

The following recent picture books provide engaging looks at the U.S. presidency; the people a president might work with, meet, or appoint; and the office’s power for good. The Next President: The Unexpected Beginnings and Unwritten Future of America’s Presidents by Kate Messner; illus. by Adam Rex Primary    Chronicle    48...

YA love stories for Black History Month 2020

For Valentine’s Day, here are some thoughtful (and swoon-worthy) YA love stories that center Black protagonists and focus on love in various forms — including passion for dance and relationships tested by a zombie apocalypse. Throughout February we’ve been celebrating Black History Month with articles, interviews, book recommendations, and more...

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...

March/April 2020 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

(image from Hike, by Pete Oswald) The following books will receive starred reviews in the March-April 2020 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: A Girl like Me; by Angela Johnson; illustrated by Nina Crews (Millbrook) Goodnight, Veggies; by Diana Murray; illustrated by Zachariah OHora (Houghton) Hike; written and illustrated by Pete Oswald (Candlewick) The Old...

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...

Eoin Colfer at Porter Square Books

Last Sunday my almost-ten-year-old and I went to Porter Square Books to see Eoin Colfer. Though he was on tour for his adult book Highfire, the gregarious author did not disappoint his Artemis Fowl fans and other kids'-book devotees. After a musical performance by Colfer superfan band Captain Sunbeam, the...

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...

Preview March/April 2020 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art by Eric Rohmann from Honeybee, written by Candace Fleming.  Heidi Rabinowitz and Sadaf Siddique consider religion in conversations around diverse books, with a focus on Jewish and Muslim representation.  Middle-Grade Graphic Novels Make Good: Elissa Gershowitz on an ever-growing category that has something for everyone--now including a Newbery...

ALA Midwinter 2020 slideshow

Scroll through the slideshow below for some of our favorites moments (and meals!) from ALA Midwinter 2020. Read The Horn Book's reviews of this year's Youth Media Award winners, and catch up on Calling Caldecott. As always, the July/August issue of The Horn Book Magazine will include the Newbery, Caldecott,...

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...

ALA Awards 2020: Horn Book reviews of the winners

The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Jerry Craft for New Kid and Kadir Nelson for The Undefeated on January 27, 2020, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Philadelphia. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta...

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...

The 2020 Robin Smith Picture Book Prize

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My wife, Robin Smith, knew children's literature well — she co-founded this blog, served on many book award committees, and reviewed for The Horn Book Magazine and Kirkus Reviews — and she taught second graders for 24 years. Daily, she read picture books to them.  Robin died in 2017 at the age...

Additional ALA Awards 2020

  Alex Award [for the ten best adult books that appeal to teen audiences] A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher (Orbit/Hachette) Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh (Saga Press/Gallery Books/Simon) Dominicana by Angie Cruz (Flatiron/Macmillan) Gender Queer: A Memoir by...

Building on the Foundation

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For my birthday, my husband gave me a stack of photographs as thick as a Harry Potter book. In almost every picture, I’m reading to at least one grandchild while crouching on floors, snuggled in restaurant booths, sitting on park benches, and all over our house and our daughters’ houses:...

Reviews of the 2020 Geisel Award winners

Winner Stop! Bot! by James Yang; illus. by the author Preschool    Viking    40 pp.    g 7/19    978-0-42528-881-8    $17.99 After a child's remote-control robot flies away in front of an apartment building, the building's residents try to help retrieve it ("My broom may reach that bot!"). The book's tall trim size...

Reviews of the 2020 Pura Belpré Author Award winners

Winner Sal & Gabi Break the Universe [Rick Riordan Presents] by Carlos Hernandez Intermediate, Middle School Disney-Hyperion    389 pp. 3/19    978-1-368-02282-8    $16.00 REVIEW TO COME         Honor Books Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Aldamuy Denise; illus. by Paola Escobar...

Reviews of the 2020 Sibert Award winners

Winner Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard; illus. by Juana Martinez-Neal Preschool, Primary    Roaring Brook    48 pp. 10/19    978-1-62672-746-5    $18.99 This affectionate picture book depicts an intergenerational group of Native American family members and friends as they make fry bread together. The text begins: “Fry...

Reviews of the 2020 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winners

Winner Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln by Margarita Engle; illus. by Rafael López Primary    Atheneum    40 pp. 8/19    978-1-4814-8740-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-8741-2    $10.99  Engle and López (Drum Dream Girl, rev. 5/15) bring us another engaging story about a young, successful, female musician of...

Reviews of the 2020 Printz Award winners

Winner Dig. by A.S. King High School    Dutton    394 pp.    g 3/19    978-1-101-99491-7    $17.99 David has never met his father and is tired of constantly moving around with his mom. Malcolm has already lost his mother and is about to lose his beloved father to cancer. Katie deals drugs out...

Reviews of the 2020 CSK Illustrator Award winners

Winner The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander; illus. by Kadir Nelson Primary, Intermediate, Middle School     Versify/Houghton     40 pp.    g 4/19     978-1-328-78096-6     $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-05761-1     $12.99 Alexander and Nelson honor the achievements, courage, and perseverance of ordinary black people as well as prominent black artists, athletes, and activists. The free-verse poem...

Reviews of the 2020 CSK Author Award winners

Winner New Kid by Jerry Craft; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Harper/HarperCollins    249 pp.    g 2/19    978-0-06-269120-0    $21.99     Paper ed.  978-0-06-269119-4    $12.99     e-book ed.  978-0-06-269121-7    $10.99  Craft’s engaging graphic novel follows Jordan Banks (an African American seventh grader from Washington Heights) through his first year at the prestigious...

Reviews of the 2020 Caldecott Medal winners

Winner The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander; illus. by Kadir Nelson Primary, Intermediate, Middle School     Versify/Houghton     40 pp.    g 4/19     978-1-328-78096-6     $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-05761-1     $12.99 Alexander and Nelson honor the achievements, courage, and perseverance of ordinary black people as well as prominent black artists, athletes, and activists. The free-verse poem...

Reviews of the 2020 Newbery Medal Winners

Winner New Kid by Jerry Craft; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Harper/HarperCollins    249 pp.    g 2/19    978-0-06-269120-0    $21.99     Paper ed.  978-0-06-269119-4    $12.99     e-book ed.  978-0-06-269121-7    $10.99  Craft’s engaging graphic novel follows Jordan Banks (an African American seventh grader from Washington Heights) through his first year at the prestigious...

2020 Caldecott Announcement

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The wait is over! The 2020 Caldecott Medal Selection Committee has made its choices: one winner and three honor books. The winner is: The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson and written by Kwame Alexander:  The honor books are: Bear Came Along, illustred by LeUyen Pham and written by Richard T. Morris:  Double Bass...

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...

The Real Awards Are Nigh!

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We want to take a moment here at Calling Caldecott, as we wrap up our book coverage, to extend our thanks. Mind you, we aren’t entirely done here at the blog. We promise we have more posts in store for you. I mean, OF COURSE we do! The Caldecott announcement is...

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...

Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey Talk with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by Norton Young Readers   Brothers Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey collaborated on a picture book text back when they were teenagers (see below); their sophomore effort, The Old Truck, finds them...

Results of the 2020 Calling Caldecott Mock Vote

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The votes are in! And the results yielded a mock winner and four honor books. Our readers chose Oge Mora's Saturday as the winner. Bear Came Along, illustrated by LeUyen Pham; My Papi Has a Motorcycle, illustrated by Zeke Peña; Truman, illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins; and The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, received the next highest number of...

It's Time to Vote! — Calling Caldecott 2020 ballot is now open

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It's that time again! Time to weigh in officially on our UNofficial mock Caldecott vote. This year we once again mimic the Real Committee's actual process in some ways, and not in others. This year, we asked our readers to submit mock nominations in November and December — seven in all,...

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...

¡Vamos!

¡Vamos!: Let's Go to the Market by Raúl the Third with color by Elaine Bay was on the Horn Book’s 2019 Fanfare list and received a starred review in the Magazine. Sometimes these decisions involve debate and discussion. Other times — like this one — consensus is clear: Yes! Beginning with the...

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...

The 2020 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

from O'Dell Award Committee Chair Deborah Stevenson: Champaign, IL (January 15, 2020)—The 2020 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Butterfly Yellow, by Thanhhà Lại, published by HarperCollins. It’s 1981, and eighteen-year-old Hằng has arrived in Texas determined to find her younger brother, who’d been babylifted out of Vietnam...

A Big Bed for Little Snow

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On the paper jacket for Grace Lin's A Big Bed for Little Snow, a companion to her 2019 Caldecott Honor book A Big Mooncake for Little Star, we see a grinning boy atop a blue-gray, cloudlike bed. The boy's grin exudes mischief, and feathers float in the air. Has he been jumping on the...

2020 CaldeNotts

As an international academic and educator who has lived in the United States for a little over four years, I have often wondered about the following statements under the “Terms, Definitions, and Criteria” section of the Caldecott awards: “The award is restricted to artists who are citizens or residents of...

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...

Home in the Woods

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Home in the Woods is a story of loss and love, hope, hard work, and healing. It is a book of green and gentleness, softness and loyalty, perseverance and hardship, love and courage. In fact, I find myself so smitten by the art and artistry that I thought for a long...

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 --...

Publishers' Preview: Picture Books: Five Questions for Evan Turk

This interview originally appeared in the November/December 2019 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Picture Books, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Opulent pastel drawings...

Publishers' Preview: Picture Books: Five Questions for Gwendolyn Hooks & Simone Agoussoye

This interview originally appeared in the November/December 2019 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Picture Books, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by In Ona Judge...

Publishers' Preview: Picture Books: Five Questions for Minh Lê

This interview originally appeared in the November/December 2019 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Picture Books, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Minh Lê and...

Publishers' Preview: Picture Books: Five Questions for Angela Joy

This interview originally appeared in the November/December 2019 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Picture Books, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by “Black is a...

Five Questions for Kacen Callender

In King and the Dragonflies (Scholastic, 10–14 years), our grieving twelve-year-old protagonist is convinced that his recently deceased older brother has transformed into a dragonfly. He is also, reluctantly, keeping secrets for his sort-of friend, Sandy, who is gay and has run away from an abusive home. Via dreamlike imagery,...

Books mentioned in the January 2020 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Kacen Callender King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender, Scholastic, 10–14 years. Sense of place Some Places More than Others by Renée Watson, Bloomsbury, 9–12 years. All the Ways Home by Elsie Chapman, Feiwel, 9–12 years.    Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by...

What We Wish We Had Time For

The ALA Youth Media Awards are nigh, but we here at Calling Caldecott still have some book coverage planned for this week and next. We have a few more guest posters to come who will share their thoughts on eligible 2019 titles. Even so, we know that we won’t have...

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...

From the Editor - January 2020

Happy New Year, everybody, and I hope you all found some time for reading — by which I mean reading for the fun of it — over the December holidays. (Mine was divided between The Turn of the Key, Ruth Ware’s recent homage to The Turn of the Screw, and...

Fascinating figures from twentieth-century history

The lives of these fascinating figures should engage young adult readers while providing unique entry points into twentieth-century history. In Torpedoed: The True Story of the WWII Sinking of "The Children's Ship," Deborah Heiligman tells the riveting tale of the SS City of Benares. Carrying two hundred passengers, half of...

Intergenerational warmth and wisdom

These recent picture books center the warmth, wisdom, and love of family members across generations. In Love and the Rocking Chair, the final collaboration between Diane and Leo Dillon (much of the book had been finished before Leo's death in 2012), a rocking chair bought in anticipation of a baby's...

Sense of place

As in King and the Dragonflies, setting is a key part of these recent intermediate and middle-school realistic stories. In Some Places More than Others, Amara's twelfth birthday trip with her dad becomes a whirlwind of highs and lows as she's introduced to the rich history of African Americans in...

Table of Contents: January/February 2020 Horn Book Magazine

Cover © 2020 by Van Thanh Rudd.   Features Horn Book Fanfare by Horn Book Editors Our choices for the best books of 2019. Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards BGHB Awards Gallery 2019 Celebrating the year’s winners and honorees.  Picture Book Fiction and Poetry Nonfiction MAGICIAN by Henry Lyman A poem...

Editorial: Bordering on the Absurd (January/February 2020)

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This past November we put out a call on the Calling Caldecott blog for mock “nominations,” asking readers to name a few 2019 books they considered top contenders for the Caldecott Medal. Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton cheekily touted Small in the City — knowing full well that...

Finding a Safe Space (Or, One Family’s Search for Middle Grade LGBTQIA+ Books)

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Last fall, at age twelve, our seventh grader told my husband and me that she’s gay. Our first and only priority at the time was to tell her with words, and show her with actions, how much we love her — first, last, and always. So, we found a middle...

Daniel's Good Day

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How many times a week do you hear or speak the phrase “Have a good day!”? It’s what Daniel hears from his friendly neighbors. One sunny day, he sets out on a walk to Grandma’s house and decides to ask his good day–wishing neighbors, “What makes a good day for you?” Their answers...

#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...

And her husband’s famous, too

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Over the break, my husband and I had an entertaining celebrity sighting – Josh Charles (this guy) from Sports Night, The Good Wife, and Dead Poets Society (among many others) who was out with his family. My hubs is a huge Sports Night fan and was able to express his...

"Nominations," Part Two

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Yes, it's time for the second round of Caldecott "nominations"! As you may recall, in November we put out a call for a first round, asking readers to name their top four choices (so far). Now we are back, asking for THREE more titles. Each member of the Real Committee must nominate...

Board Book Roundup: Board Books Build Brains

They rarely win awards. Few make it to the annual “best of” lists. They get stepped on, chewed, drooled on, and thrown. Their core audiences may not remember a word of them in a few scant years. Their pages are frequently viewed out of order. But board books are some...

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...

Happy Anniversary: When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry...

When Sophie Gets Angry — Really, Really Angry… by Molly Bang was published by Blue Sky in 1999. It celebrates its twentieth anniversary in 2019.   Before 1999, we had picture books about hurt feelings, friendship rifts, disappointment and sadness and sulkiness; about terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad days. We...

The Shortest Day

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Soon after I was assigned The Shortest Day for Calling Caldecott, I heard author Susan Cooper and illustrator Carson Ellis speak about their collaboration at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Scrawled in my notes from that day is the sentence, “This isn’t a poem about merry feudal...

Preview January/February 2020 Horn Book Magazine

Original cover art by Van Thanh Rudd. Horn Book Fanfare: Our choices for the best books of 2019.  Coverage of the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards: judges’ remarks, speeches, photos.  Books in the Home: Dean Schneider on the joys of cooking.  Poet Henry Lyman pays tribute to “Magician” Mordicai Gerstein...

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...

A Place to Land

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A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation is an exemplary nonfiction picture book — as in, it represents the best of its kind. The story it tells — of the crafting of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech at the 1963 March on Washington — is absolutely riveting; and the visual...

The Yes/No Game

Before bedtime every night, my younger son asks me if we can play the Yes/No Game to determine what books I will be reading him. This “game” consists entirely of him yelling “yes” or “no” from his top bunk while I read out various titles from his bookshelf. He doesn’t...

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...

Holiday High Notes 2019

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Grab a candy confection and read our selection of books filled with cheer — new or just reissued from yesteryear.* *with apologies to lyricist Edward Pola   My Baby Loves Christmas by Jabari Asim; illus. by Tara Nicole Whitaker Preschool    HarperFestival    20 pp. 9/19    978-0-06-288462-6    $7.99 In this cozy board book, Asim (Preaching to the Chickens, rev....

Saturday

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In a December 2018 interview at the site Art of the Picture Book, Oge Mora mentions that a quote from her favorite painter Jacob Lawrence — "when the subject is complex, simplicity is the only way to treat it" — inspires her. She praises Lawrence's playful style, as well as the way he created...

Uneasy Reading: On Keeping Company with Very Sad Books

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Third grade was the worst year ever. No, really. My parents split up that year, and my dad moved out. I know that every divorce is different, and I’m told that not all of them are as painful as ours was. I’m glad for that. Ours was brutal. My dad...

Field Trip to the Rhyming Dictionary

Any Brits here who could check something for me? I see that the U.K. edition of Field Trip to the Moon has added an author, Jeanne Willis, who herself has added what seems to be rhyming text to this natively wordless picture book, one much lauded by reviewers and on...

Books mentioned in the December 2019 Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Language and Literature Fact Finders: Why Do We Say That? series. Berne, Emma Carlson  What Is an Idiom When It's at Home? Gr. 4–6    32 pp.    Capstone    2017 Library binding ISBN 978-1-5157-6388-8 Paper ISBN 978-1-5157-6393-2 Ebook ISBN 978-1-5157-6405-2 Stefoff, Rebecca  Me, Myself, and I: The More Grammar Changes, the More...

Language and Literature

Berne, Emma Carlson  What Is an Idiom When It's at Home? Gr. 4–6    32 pp.    Capstone    2017 Stefoff, Rebecca  Me, Myself, and I: The More Grammar Changes, the More It Remains the Same Gr. 4–6    32 pp.    Capstone    2017 Fact Finders: Why Do We Say That? series. Beginning with a...

War and Peacemakers

Goldsmith, Connie  Women in the Military: From Drill Sergeants to Fighter Pilots Middle school, high school    120 pp.    Twenty-First Century    2019 This in-depth and refreshingly inclusive text looks at the history and current state of women in the military. Illuminating first-person accounts and biographical profiles are interspersed with descriptions of...

U.S. Landmarks

Brown, Carron  Wonders of the USA: A Shine-a-Light Book Gr. K–3    40 pp.    Kane/Miller    2017 Illustrated by Bee Johnson. "Shine a flashlight behind the page...to reveal the amazing sights in and around our country. Discover a land of great surprises." This Shine-a-Light installment presents a very broad tour of American...

Poetry and Poetry Collections

Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience Middle school, high school    183 pp.    Seven/Triangle    2019 Edited by Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond. This piercing poetry collection's sixty-four pieces (many previously published) in a variety of forms mourn loss, celebrate survival, and explore breaking and remaking self...

Double Bass Blues

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As I read Double Bass Blues, I can see and feel the double meaning of the title. Nic is a young Black boy who plays the double bass at his suburban school. Unlike his friends, to get home he must travel across town — and with a double bass on his back....

Starred reviews, January/February 2020 Horn Book Magazine

Art from Black Is a Rainbow Color   The following books will receive starred reviews in the January/February 2020 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Black Is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy; illus. by Ekua Holmes (Roaring Brook) Johnny’s Pheasant by Cheryl Minnema; illus. by Julie Flett (Minnesota) Pluto...

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  ...
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