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Week in Review, April 5th-9th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the March/April 2021 Horn Book Magazine: The Writer's Page: Hello Again by Kimberly Willis Holt Out of the Box: Reading for Holocaust Remembrance Day Family Reading National Library Week Read Roger: A Note from Me (Apr 9, 2021)   Reviews of the Week:...

Week in Review, March 29th-April 2nd

  This week on hbook.com... Beverly Clearly 1916-2021   From the March/April 2021 Horn Book Magazine: Field Notes: "But Are They Level O?": Leveled Reading and Antiracism by Maeve Visser Knoth   Read Roger: A Note from Me (Apr 2, 2021)   Family Reading: Transgender Day of Visibility by Kitty...

Pop! Goes the E-book

Photo: wjenningsphotography/Getty Images. All montaged elements: Getty Images (various artists). Since we began working remotely, e-books have become a major part of our lives. They’re convenient in some ways, and necessary to our current situation, but there’s nothing like the “real” thing, especially when a book has tactile elements like...

Women's History Month 2021, Week 5

March is Women's History Month. To celebrate the accomplishments of women and female-identifying people, we will be highlighting recent recommended nonfiction titles "devoted to the achievements of a diverse ­gallery of women, heroes every one." Look for the social media tag #HBWomensHistoryMonth on Facebook.com/TheHornBook and @HornBook as we share posts...

Week in Review, March 22nd-26th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the March/April 2021 Horn Book Magazine: Why Read Books from the Past? by Mitali Perkins   Read Roger: A Note from Me (Mar 26, 2021)   Family Reading: Passover 2021 by Elissa Gershowitz   Out of the Box: Women's History Month 2021, Week...

Women's History Month 2021, Week 4

March is Women's History Month. To celebrate the accomplishments of women and female-identifying people, we will be highlighting recent recommended nonfiction titles "devoted to the achievements of a diverse ­gallery of women, heroes every one." Look for the social media tag #HBWomensHistoryMonth on Facebook.com/TheHornBook and @HornBook as we share posts...

Week in Review, March 15th-19th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the March/April 2021 Horn Book Magazine: More Than a Footnote: Challenges for BIPOC Nonfiction Authors by Carole Boston Weatherford   Read Roger: A Note from Me (Mar 19, 2021)   Family Reading: Lady Danbury reads by Elissa Gershowitz   Out of the Box:...

Women's History Month 2021, Week 3

March is Women's History Month. To celebrate the accomplishments of women and female-identifying people, we will be highlighting recent recommended nonfiction titles "devoted to the achievements of a diverse ­gallery of women, heroes every one." Look for the social media tag #HBWomensHistoryMonth on Facebook.com/TheHornBook and @HornBook as we share posts...

Céad míle fáilte!

Céad míle fáilte to all those celebrating St. Patrick's Day today. We've compiled three new Guide/Reviews Database booklists recommending books for primary, intermediate, and older readers on all things Irish. Sláinte!...

Week in Review, March 8th-12th

  This week on hbook.com... R.I.P. Norton Juster by Shoshana Flax March Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Qs for Lesa Cline-Ransome and Andrea Davis Pinkney about their She Persisted chapter book series entries Claudette Colvin and Harriet Tubman; 7 picture-book biographies about persistent women; 6 novels about resilient girls;...

Women's History Month 2021, Week 2

March is Women's History Month. To celebrate the accomplishments of women and female-identifying people, we will be highlighting recent recommended nonfiction titles "devoted to the achievements of a diverse ­gallery of women, heroes every one." Look for the social media tag #HBWomensHistoryMonth on Facebook.com/TheHornBook and @HornBook as we share posts...

Pi Day 2021

Pi Day (3.14) is this Sunday. Last year we recommended Remy Lai's Pie in the Sky (Holt) (and before that Pie Is for Sharing and Pies from Nowhere) and this year we've got another recent book about pie that we bet Jingwen would enjoy: Matt James's Nice Try, Charlie! (Groundwood). Or you can...

Virtual bookstore events

Has anyone else attended virtual events at a local bookstore this past year during COVID-19? I’ve got to say, I’m a fan. I’ve been to a few recently for friends’ new books (here’s looking at you, Jimmy Matejek-Morris and Amy Cherrix!) and then last Thursday evening I gathered my family...

International Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day. On hornbookguide.com, we've updated 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 March we'll be celebrating...

Women's History Month 2021, Week 1

March is Women's History Month. To celebrate the accomplishments of women and female-identifying people, we will be highlighting recent recommended nonfiction titles "devoted to the achievements of a diverse ­gallery of women, heroes every one." Look for the social media tag #HBWomensHistoryMonth on Facebook.com/TheHornBook and @HornBook as we share posts...

Juxtaposed jackets

It's fun when this happens: Show us YOUR #juxtaposedjackets here or on social media! Twitter @HornBook | Facebook.com/TheHornBook | Instagram @thehornbook  And enjoy these matchy-matchy Horn Book observations. ...

Week in Review, February 22nd-26th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the January/February 2021 Horn Book Magazine: Publishers' Previews: Middle-Grade - Five Questions for... B. B. Alston | Gary Paulsen | David Levithan | Hena Khan   Read Roger: A Note from Me (Feb 26, 2021)   Family Reading: Somewhere over the... by Elissa...

Purim 2021

The pandemic persisted: But so did we: Happy Purim! For more on the Purim story and the "persistent" Queen Esther see the Guide/Reviews Database subject search Holidays--Purim. Also read Heidi Rabinowitz and Sadaf Siddique's Horn Book Magazine article "We Need Diverse Jewish and Muslim Books:  A Conversation" and visit the...

Week in Review, February 15th-19th

  This week on hbook.com...   Family Reading: Happens to the best of us by Elissa Gershowitz   Out of the Box: Black History Month 2021   Reviews of the Week: Starred Picture Book: Time for Kenny by Brian Pinkney Starred Fiction: Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel by Jason...

Week in Review, February 8th-12th

  This week on hbook.com... February Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Qs for Frank Morrison about Above the Rim; Black history, American history; middle grade sci-fi/fantasy for Black History Month, and queer romance   From the January/February 2021 Horn Book Magazine: In Memoriam: Jill Paton Walsh (1937-2020) by Gregory...

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Year of the Ox! We wish all who are celebrating a new year full of joy and prosperity. Here is 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...

Dancing at the Pity Party: Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour 2021

Welcome to our stop on the 2021 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour! Author Tyler Feder was kind enough to answer my questions about Dancing at the Pity Party: A Dead Mom Graphic Memoir (Dial), this year’s Gold Medal winner in the Young Adult category. Feder’s look back at her...

Week in Review, February 1st-5th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the January/February 2021 Horn Book Magazine: The CCBC's Diversity Statistics: New Categories, New Data by Madeline Tyner   Read Roger: March/April 2021 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews A Note from Me (Feb 5, 2021)   Family Reading: Reviewing outdoor reading by Margo Bartlett...

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 2020 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners 2021 ALA Youth Media Award winners Board Book Roundup: Treasure Hunting in the Public Library by Julie Roach (September/October 2018 Magazine) The 2021...

Black History Month 2021

Following a historic year that included a global pandemic, the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, and the election of the first Black/Asian/woman Vice President of the United States, it's time for our annual commemoration of Black History Month (see HBBlackHistoryMonth16, HBBlackHistoryMonth17, HBBlackHistoryMonth18, HBBlackHistoryMonth19, and HBBlackHistoryMonth20). We'll be featuring articles, speeches,...

Week in Review, January 25th-29th

  This week on hbook.com... ALA Awards 2021: Horn Book Reviews of the Winners   Calling Caldecott: 2021 Caldecott Announcement by Martha V. Parravano and Julie Danielson Momentous history made! by Martha V. Parravano and Julie Danielson The 2021 Robin Smith Picture Book Prize by Dean Schneider   Out of...

Our ALA Midwinter 2021

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The Horn Book staff reflects on the American Library Association's Virtual Midwinter 2021. For much more coverage of ALAMW21 — including reviews of the ALA Youth Media Award winners and Calling Caldecott's reaction to "Momentous history made!" — click on the tag ALA Midwinter 2021.   Shoshana Flax Well, attending ALA remotely...

Week in Review, January 18th-22nd

  This week on hbook.com... Jennifer L. Holm Talks with Roger about The Lion of Mars (Random House)   From the January/February 2021 Horn Book Magazine: 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Acceptance Speeches Fiction and Poetry Clap When You Land: Elizabeth Acevedo's 2020 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Honor Speech When...

2020 in review

Welcome, 2021! 2020 was a year no one will soon forget (though in-person Midwinter may be a distant memory). Revisit the past twelve months — is that all it has been?! — and lose yourself in the world of children's and YA literature with our annual Horn Book Year in Review.   2020 ALA Awards...

Week in Review, January 4th-8th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the January/February 2021 Horn Book Magazine: Table of Contents Editorial: Happy New Year by Roger Sutton   Read Roger: A Note from Me (Jan 8, 2021)   Calling Caldecott: If You Come to Earth by Dean Schneider In the Half Room by Sabrina...

Week in Review, December 28th-January 1st

  This week on hbook.com...   From the November/December 2020 Horn Book Magazine: Publishers' Previews: Picture Books and Graphic Novels - Five Questions for... Alexandra Bracken | John Hare | Raj Haldar | Kat Leyh   Calling Caldecott: The Night Before Christmas by Martha V. Parravano   Out of the...

Horn Book Top 10 (2020)

Here are our Top 10 stories from the year 2020: A Year with Words and Pictures — but No ALA Annual Disturbing the Universe: Books That Broke the Rules An Interview with MacArthur Fellow Jacqueline Woodson Middle-Grade Graphic Novels Make Good How Do You Solve a Problem like Nonfiction? Writing...

Week in Review, December 21st-25th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the November/December 2020 Horn Book Magazine: Publishers' Previews: Picture Books and Graphic Novels - Five Questions for... Lily LaMotte | Oge Mora | Elizabeth Zunon | Three Demigoddesses   From the January/February 2021 Horn Book Magazine: "Sometimes You Have to Lie": A Conversation...

Week in Review, December 14th-18th

  This week on hbook.com... Sarwat Chadda Talks with Roger about City of the Plague God (Riordan/Disney-Hyperion) A Conversation with Literary Agents on Diversity and Inclusion by Jason Low   From the November/December 2020 Horn Book Magazine: New for New Readers: How to Publish (What I Think Are) Great Books...

Week in Review, December 7th-11th

  This week on hbook.com... December Notes from the Horn Book newsletter - Fanfare Edition: Annotations Extras Ava Weiss (1925-2020) by Kevin Henkes   From the November/December 2020 Horn Book Magazine: What Makes a Good Hanukkah Picture Book? by Marjorie Ingall   From the January/February 2021 Horn Book Magazine: Issue...

Happy Hanukkah 2020!

Tonight will be special. Tonight will be splendid. Tonight is HANUKKAH! If all goes well, we’ll also be done with the January/February issue of the Magazine by tonight! To celebrate, I’m planning to light these candles, picked because their colors remind me of Oge Mora’s amazing cover art, inspired by...

Fanfare 2020 extras

Read more by and about some of our Fanfare 2020 authors and illustrators below. Find our at-a-glance Fanfare 2020 booklist here and our newly annotated list here.   Picture Books Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James What the Hell Is Didactic Intent Anyway? by Elisa Gall and Jonathan Hunt Family...

2020 has been a beary unexpected year...

...full of bears in children's books! Yesterday on Calling Caldecott, Dean Schneider discussed The Bear and the Moon, one of many new picture books starring bears that I've spotted in the Magazine this past year. They include:                                                        This made...

Week in Review, November 30th-December 4th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the November/December 2020 Horn Book Magazine: The Writer's Page: Navigating the N-Word by Nikki Grimes   From the January/February 2021 Horn Book Magazine: Starred Reviews   Read Roger: A Note from Me (Dec 4, 2020)   Calling Caldecott: NYT/NYPL List, We Miss You!...

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...
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