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Indigenous Peoples' Day 2019

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

Week in Review, September 30th - October 4th

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

Rainbow Rowell at Congregation Kehillath Israel

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

Gabby Rivera and Roxane Gay at CRLS

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

Rosh Hashanah 2019

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

Week in Review, September 23rd - 27th

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

Book People's Day Out

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

New HB Guide Online reviews September 2019

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

Jacqueline Woodson Red at the Bone

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

Global Climate Strike 19

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

2018–2019 yearbook superlatives

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

Week in Review, August 19th - 23rd

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

"First Day of School"

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

New HB Guide Online reviews August 2019

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

Week in Review, August 12th - 16th

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

Week in Review, July 29th–August 2nd

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

2019 Children's Literature Summer Institute follow-up

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

Week in Review, July 29th–August 2nd

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

Happy birthday, Harry!

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

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

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

Mmm...hummus

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

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

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

Reviews of 2019 Mind the Gap Award winners

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

Celebrating America's Moon Landing

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

"WE ARE HERE": queer books beyond subtext

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

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

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

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

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

#ALAAC19 Booth 725

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

Upcoming CSK gala -- ridiculous shoes

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

Week in Review, June 10th - 14th

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

National Caribbean American Heritage Month 2019

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

Because of course. #Pride

Massachusetts #LibrariansWithSuperpowers at Boston #Pride 2019...

Week in Review, June 3rd - 7th

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

Week in Review, May 27th - 31st

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

Week in Review, May 20th - 24th

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

#summervibes

You know we love a good color palette, so we're into the (unintentional but v. appropriate!) beachy aesthetic of this year's Summer Reading list. Click here for our full list of recommendations with annotations and an interview with Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña, then download and print the PDF —...

The Sun Is Also a Star movie review

In Nicola Yoon’s YA novel The Sun Is Also a Star (Delacorte, 2016), Natasha Kingsley and her family are a day from being deported to Jamaica after nine years living in New York City. Natasha is doing everything she can to get that decision overturned — and then she meets...

Jewish American Heritage Month 2019

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May is Jewish American Heritage Month! The Boston Public Library has a good list of books to get you started 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 Side (and two knish recipes); or...

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...

Happy anniversary, CSK!

As you know (and if you don't, you must be new here 😉), the Coretta Scott King Book Awards celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, and the Horn Book's annual special issue is themed around that anniversary. We are honored to have a roster of more than thirty African American...

Game of Thrones read-alikes

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Welp, I dunno about you, but I was Not Happy with the most recent episode of Game of Thrones. And given that it was the penultimate episode — ever — I'm getting pretty nervous about the finale on Sunday.Whether you're sticking out the season and looking for something to help...

R.I.P., Grumpy Cat

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We are sad to hear of the passing of kitty superstar Tardar Sauce, better known as Grumpy Cat. Her perpetually "grumpy" expression (the result of her unique genetics) has brought smiles to so many and reportedly belied a sweet personality. We'll miss you, Grumpy Cat.In her honor, here are some...

Week in Review, May 13th - May 17th

This week on hbook.com...Summer Reading 2019 featuring 5Q for Isabel Quintero and Zeke PeñaFrom May/June 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The CSK Book Awards at 50: "Walking My Own Path" by Renée Watson "The Greatest Review I’ll Ever Get" by Christopher Paul Curtis "Words and Music" by Eloise GreenfieldReviews of...

"Why is everything so Spanish in here?"

Anika Aldamuy Denise...to celebrate Día, children! El día de los niños / El día de los libros is a nationwide celebration that “emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.” For the second year in a row, I visited the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public...

Week in Review, May 6th - 10th

This week on hbook.com...From May/June 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The CSK Book Awards at 50: “Let Our Rejoicing Rise” by Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop Lift Every Voice: "From One Book to Many" by Rita Williams-Garcia Lift Every Voice: "A Matter of Choice" by Shadra Strickland CSK by the...

Mother's Day 2019

Happy Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 12, to those celebrating, especially our own mothers and our mom friends! Here are a few recommended books, articles, and blog posts featuring moms and Mother’s Day; find plenty more about mothers (and dads, and grandparents, and other kinds of loving caregivers) over at...

Readers, assemble!

It’s hard to miss the excitement (and spoilers — eek!) about Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, released in theaters on April 26th. This latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe concludes what the company refers to as Phase 3 of the Infinity Saga and wraps up many favorite story lines from the...

Picture books celebrating today's Israel

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Yom Ha'atzmaut, or Israel Independence Day, is being celebrated today. If you automatically picture only kibbutzim and camels when you think of the country, it’s time to think again with the help of this bounty of picture books that share a contemporary, child’s-eye view of the modern Israel. After moving...

Ramadan 2019

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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 began last night at sunset. Ramadan mubarak to those observing!We’d like to call your attention to reading suggestions from our friends at KitaabWorld, who review and...

Week in Review, April 29th - May 3rd

This week on hbook.com...From May/June 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The CSK Book Awards at 50: Table of Contents Editorial: "Behold the Gold!" by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Rudine Sims Bishop "CSK: 50 Years Strong" by Claudette S. McLinnAndrea Beaty Talks with RogerReviews of the Week: Picture Book: There...

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2019

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Today is Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. Especially now, in light of last week's terrible murder at Chabad of Poway in Southern California and the horrific mass murders last fall at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, along with "near historic levels" of anti-Semitic incidents reported in the...

May Day 2019

In commemoration of International Workers' Day, or May Day, here are some book reviews and links to amplify the struggles of workers and their efforts to secure better working conditions for all.Review of Undocumented: A Worker's Fight by Duncan Tonatiuh and Calling Caldecott blog postReview of Brave Girl: Clara and...

Día 2019

Today is El día de los niños / El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), "a celebration every day of children, families, and reading." We love librarian AnnMarie Hurtado's idea of "Lucha Libros: Bilingual Battle of the Books."Lucha Libros started in response to the growing body of research on the...

International Jazz Day 2019

Cover of the January/February 2017 Horn Book Magazine by Francis Vallejo.Today is International Jazz Day. Here are some links and resources from The Horn Book about America's art form. Click the tag jazz for more.Illustrator Francis Vallejo’s Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Award Speech for Jazz DayAuthor Roxane Orgill’s 2016...

Independent Bookstore Day

This past Saturday was the fifth annual Independent Bookstore Day! This is a celebration near and dear to our hearts. Of course, we're big independent bookstore fans, but did you know several Horn Book editors and reviewers — as well as many of your favorite children's authors and illustrators* —...

Happy International Dance Day!

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January/February 2000 Horn Book Magazine cover: dancer Bill T. Jones photographed by Susan Kuklin.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...

Week in Review, April 22nd - 26th

This week on hbook.com…Double batch of Publishers' Previews: Middle-Grade Novels: Dan Gemeinhart, Yoon Ha Lee, Erin Bow (January/February 2019 Horn Book Magazine) Spring 2019: Jasmine Warga, Eloise Greenfield, Remy Lai, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (March/April 2019 Horn Book Magazine)Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Poetree by Shauna LaVoy Reynolds; illus. by Shahrzad...

Earth Day 2019

Today (as every day should be!) is Earth Day, and this year's theme is:  "Protect Our Species."The books below celebrate our precious planet, educate about the crises it faces, and offer age-appropriate models for environmental activism. The list includes both fiction and nonfiction titles for a range of ages, all...

Week in Review, April 15th - 19th

This week on hbook.com…David Elliott Talks with Roger about Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of ArcReviews of the Week: Picture Book: Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman Fiction: The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake Nonfiction: Two Brothers, Four Hands: The Artists Alberto...

Whatcha up to this weekend?

Whether you and your loved ones are observing Passover, celebrating Easter, or just spending a (hopefully sunny, but probably not; sigh) spring weekend together, enjoy!We think every occasion is made better with books, so here are some booklists recommending titles to take along, whatever the festivities. And if you, like...

"Informational children's books" FTW

Jeopardy! fans know that record-smashing contestant James Holzhauer's secret is reading "informational children's books." Perhaps James — or wannabe Jameses — might benefit from a subscription to The Horn Book Guide. Or maybe he should sign up for Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book; our latest issue featured "Collective biographies...

Week in Review, April 8th - 12th

This week on hbook.com…April 2019 issue of Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Christian Robinson, picture books that "spring into nature," poetry collections, grief in middle-grade and middle-school novelsApril 2019: Spring News issue of The Horn Book Herald: 5Q for Raúl the Third, National Library Week, National Poetry Month,...

A brand-new sign of springtime

A new entry to our "signs of springtime" checklist: scooters!I spotted this lime-green Lime electric scooter on the Fenway while leaving the office earlier this week. My fiancé and I visited Spain last fall, and these "micro mobility" rentals — think ZipCar with scooters — were all over Madrid. They...

Week in Review, April 1st - 5th

This week on hbook.com…Preview May/June 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The CSK Book Awards at 50Starred reviews coming in the May/June issueReviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Great Indoors by Julie Falatko; illus. by Ruth Chan Fiction: A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée Nonfiction: Titanosaur:...

Versify at Harvard Book Store

Last night, we snagged press passes (thank you Spencer at Harvard Book Store!) for an event at First Church in Cambridge, MA, celebrating the launch of Versify, Kwame Alexander’s new imprint with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Alexander — along with Versify authors Lamar Giles, Raúl the Third, and Kip Wilson —...

Coming soon: Blowing the Horn: The Horn Book Musical!

April Fools'! Sad to say, there's no Horn Book musical in our future (YET 😉). But just imagine the possibilities for a showstopping tap-shoes-and-bow-ties dance number! Thanks as usual to resident prankster/punster Shoshana Flax.Musicals are everywhere these days, and we’re thrilled to announce that the Horn Book is getting in...

Week in Review, March 25th - 29th

This week on hbook.com…Last chance to apply for a summer internship!March Nonfiction Notes: collective biographies for Women's History Month; springy poetry collections for National Poetry Month; books about animal migration; and titles about librarianship and information scienceReviews of the Week: Picture Book: Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis Fiction: Dig. by...

KidLitCon 2019

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2019's KidLitCon, “an annual gathering of people who care about, and/or blog (or Tweet or Instagram or Facebook or make Videos) about children’s and young adult books, including librarians, teachers, authors & illustrators (both published and aspiring), parents, guardians, and book reviewers,” was held in nearby Providence, Rhode Island, with...

Week in Review, March 18th - 22nd

This week on hbook.com…Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour; illus. by Daniel Egnéus Fiction: Internment by Samira Ahmed Nonfiction: Unpresidented: A Biography of Donald Trump by Martha Brockenbrough Poetry: The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog: And Other How-To Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko; illus....

Apply for a summer Horn Book internship!

Intern Rachel (and Roger sticker!) at The Horn Book's Boston Book Fest booth. Photo: Rachel Marsh.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...

Week in Review, March 11th – 15th

This week on hbook.com…From the March/April 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: New for New Readers: What (Exactly) Is an Easy Reader?From Out of the Box: "Refugees welcome here": Booklist and resources to help counter Islamophobia (from 2017) Pi Day 2019 Picture-book biographies of pioneering women 2019 Daylight snoozing...

Pi Day 2019

Today is Pi Day (get it? March 14? 3/14? 3.14...?). To celebrate, here are two recent picture books about pie (and sharing and social justice and community and...). March being Women's History Month, check out these two recommended booklists about women in STEM and computing; this Notes from the Horn Book piece...

Picture-book biographies of pioneering women 2019

March is Women’s History Month, but we believe women's history and empowerment are important topics to talk about with kids all year long. (And at every age — check out this onesie I was stoked to find for a friend's baby!) The following recent picture-book biographies of amazing women can...

Week in Review, March 4th - 8th

This week on hbook.com…From the March/April 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Table of Contents Editorial: "On Citizenship" by Elissa Gershowitz and Martha V. Parravano "My Characters Don’t Wear Shoes in the House" by Sayantani DasGuptaFor Paul B. Janeczko: a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye with art by Lynne...

Week in Review, February 25th - March 1

This week on hbook.com…In memoriam: Gregory Maguire remembers his friend, author Jane LangtonReviews of the Week: Picture Book: Meet Miss Fancy by Irene Latham; illus. by John Holyfield Fiction: The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman Nonfiction: I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon by Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul; illus. by...

"A Conversation with Ellen Oh" event at Simmons University

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Photo: Elissa Gershowitz.Earlier this week, Cindy and I attended a talk at Simmons University by author and anthologist Ellen Oh, cofounder, president, and CEO of We Need Diverse Books. She started her presentation with some of the reasons why We Need Diverse Books, both broad (statistics about POC representation and...

Books for Black Future Month

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This February, as in previous years, we've been commemorating Black History Month by highlighting articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about Black authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field. New additions this year include “'To Be Great, Heroic or Beautiful': The Enduring Legacy...

Stand Up! with Anastasia Higginbotham at CPL

On Saturday, February 23, author Anastasia Higginbotham was the special guest at the Cambridge Public Library's Stand Up! Storytime for Social Justice event organized by children's librarian and Friend of the Horn Book Hillary Saxton. Higginbotham is the author of the Ordinary Terrible Things picture book series, including Death Is...

Week in Review, February 18th - 22nd

This week on hbook.com…Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Undocumented: A Worker’s Fight by Duncan Tonatiuh Fiction: Duck & Goose: A Gift for Goose [Step into Reading] by Tad Hills Nonfiction: Let ’Er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People’s Champion by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illus. by Gordon C. JamesRead Roger: But what IS...

Be "the hero and the author" of your story

Photo: Elissa Gershowitz.If you have the opportunity to see Elizabeth Acevedo speak, go.I was lucky enough to attend two of her events as the inaugural Gwen Ifill Mentor-in-Residence at Simmons University last week, and I still can't get enough.* (And that's in addition to hearing her Fiction & Poetry Award...

Week in Review, February 11th - 15th

This week on hbook.com…February 2019 issue of Notes from the Horn Book: #5Q for Claire Hartfield, intermediate/middle-school nonfiction for Black History Month, picture books that model self-love, community, and pride for very young children of color, out-of-the-ordinary YA love stories whose teen protagonists defy cosmic forces to be togetherReviews of...

All a-Twitter 2019

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Happy Valentine’s Day! What might characters of children’s and YA lit tweet to their valentines? We’ve got some ideas! See if you can guess who’s tweeting to whom — and feel free to add your own sweet kidlit tweets in the comments.@PianoHazel: @ArchitectJames: You’re everything to me.Reply from @Aphrodite: Aww,...

February Notes from the Horn Book newsletter

Notes from the Horn Book subscribers are receiving our February issue right...about...now. In this month's newsletter we interview 2019 CSK Author Award winner Claire Hartfield about A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919. You'll also find more intermediate/middle-school nonfiction for Black History Month picture books that model...

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah: Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour

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Welcome to the first stop on the 2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour! Author Emily Jenkins and illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky were kind enough to answer my questions about All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah (Schwartz & Wade/Random), this year’s Gold Medal winner in the Younger Readers category. All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah is...

Week in Review, February 4th - 8th

This week on hbook.com…All-ALAYMA-all-the-time edition of The Horn Book Herald: 5Q for Newbery Medalist Meg Medina, reviews of the 2019 winners, history (and critique) of the awards, and more interviews with the award-winning authors and illustratorsPreview the March/April 2019 issue of The Horn Book MagazineFrom the January/February 2019 issue: "Happy...

2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award blog tour

Excited about this year’s Sydney Taylor Book Award winners? If so, watch this space — and these other spaces — February 10 through 14. The Sydney Taylor Book Award blog tour kicks off on Sunday, with various blogs interviewing the creators of the winners and honor books. Here at Out of...

Week in Review, January 28th - February 1st

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This week on hbook.com…The 2019 Youth Media Awards were announced at ALA's midwinter meeting in Seattle on Monday, January 28th! See how the Horn Book reviewed the winning titles.Starred reviews coming in the March/April 2019 Horn Book MagazineReviews of the Week: Picture Book: Found. by Jeff Newman; illus. by Larry Day...

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 2018 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners 2019 ALAYMA winners Board Book Roundup: Treasure Hunting in the Public Library by Julie Roach (September/October 2018 Magazine) The 2019 Robin Smith Picture...

Week in Review, January 21st - 25th

This week on hbook.com…Calling Caldecott reveals the results of its 2019 Mock Caldecott ballot!Walter Wick Talks with RogerJanuary 2019 Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: general knowledge, exploring our oceans, weather and climate, graphic biographies and memoirsReviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane...

Week in Review, January 14th - 18th

This week on hbook.com…Calling Caldecott's first 2019 Mock Caldecott ballot is open now until Monday!From the January/February 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: "Why Stop at Windows and Mirrors?: Children’s Book Prisms" by Uma KrishnaswamiErin Entrada Kelly Talks with Roger about You Go FirstReviews of the Week: Picture Book: Chicken...

Burn, baby, burn

These days, I expect fire and fury when I look at the news, but imagine my surprise when I was assigning reviews yesterday and unwittingly sorted these four books into the same pile:An instance of art imitating life? Perhaps. But also perhaps a new cover trend? In particular, the covers...

Week in Review, January 7th - 11th

This week on hbook.com…2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards acceptance speechesJanuary 2019 Notes from the Horn Book: five questions for Caroline Cala, recommended read-alouds, early-chapter-book mysteries and madcap plans, and eye-opening YA historyReviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Bell Rang by James E. Ransome Fiction: Best Babysitters Ever by Caroline...

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New year, new Notes issue!

This afternoon subscribers to Notes from the Horn Book are receiving the first issue of 2019! This month you’ll find an interview with Caroline Cala about her series-starter Best Babysitters Ever, as well as lively picture books for snazzy storytimes early chapter books about mysteries and madcap schemes eye-opening YA...

2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards acceptance speeches roundup

The 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and judges. L-R: Dashka Slater, Zeke Peña, Julie Fogliano, Jillian Tamaki, Celia C. Pérez, Christian Robinson, Isabel Quintero, Liz Phipps Soeiro, Roger Sutton, Katie Bircher, Varian Johnson, Martha Mihalick, Kristen Mohn, Elizabeth Acevedo, and Minh Lê. Photo: Aram Boghosian for the Boston GlobeBelow...

Week in Review, December 24th - January 4th

This week (and last week!) on hbook.com…It's been quiet at the office with the holidays, but here are reflections on our 2018 plus some excellent reading to start 2019 off right:Horn Book highlights from 2018January/February 2019 Horn Book Magazine Table of Contents and Editorial: "Technicolor Dreams" by Elissa GershowitzAlso from...

2018 in review

Happy New Year! We hope your year is full of great reads and good friends. Before we ring in 2019, though, let’s take a look back at 2018 — we had a very busy year!2018 ALA Awards coverageMay/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Making a Difference2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book...

Week in Review, December 3rd - 7th

This week on hbook.com…Preview the January/February 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: original cover by Jillian Tamaki; Fanfare; 2018 BGHB Awards speeches and pics; Uma Krishnaswami on books as “prisms”; Grace Lin asks white authors to “Speak with Us, Not for Us”; lots more!From the November/December 2018 Horn Book Magazine: Publishers'...

Small print

Some of your favorite novels have just been miniaturized...and flipped sideways. “Penguin Minis” present unabridged texts in a horizontal format with a trim size of roughly 5” x 3”. First introduced in the Netherlands as "Flipbacks" (primarily itty-bitty editions of popular adult books), the line launches in the United States...

Week in Review, November 19th - 30th

This week (and last week!) on hbook.com…Despite the Thanksgiving break (and a week without email!) we've been very busy!2018 Fanfare: our choices for the best books of the year (complete list with annotations coming in the December issue of Notes and in the January/February 2019 magazine)January/February 2019 starred reviews#25DaysofHolidayBooksReviews of...
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