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Elissa Gershowitz

About Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College and a BA from Oberlin College.

“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 for Women’s History Month,” “National […]

National Siblings Day 2019

Today is National Siblings Day (here is mine; and the picture above is Roger’s brother with his bloopah). Here are some booklists and articles that highlight “siblings doing what siblings do best.” From Notes from the Horn Book: Sassy siblings From Notes from the Horn Book: Sibling rivalry From Notes from the Horn Book: Family […]

From the Editor – April 2019

If you haven’t already had the chance, please look at the gorgeous cover, by Kadir Nelson, of our upcoming May/June Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: CSK Book Awards at 50. Called “the gold issue” by guest editors Andrea Davis Pinkney and Rudine Sims Bishop, this special issue of the Magazine commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of […]

Muslim Women’s Day 2019

In honor of Muslim Women’s Day, here is Julie Hakim Azzam’s “Books in the Home” article: “‘Mommy, Do I Have White Skin?’: Skin Color, Family, and Picture Books,” from the November/December 2016 Horn Book Magazine. See below for other ways to celebrate and amplify Muslim Women’s voices during Women’s History Month — and all year […]

“Something’s happening at the library!” in Portland, Maine

I was lucky enough to go on a moms’-overnight to Portland, Maine (with one of the travelers being this wonderful Horn Book contributor). Our hotel, which once housed the Portland Press Herald newspaper office and printing press (so cool!), featured newspaper-headline wallpaper; decorative typewriters everywhere; and printer rollers in the elevator. The bar menus were repurposed […]

From the Editor – March 2019

March is Women’s History Month, and we’d like to wish a very happy birthday to KidLitWomen*, a group started in March 2018 by Friends of the Horn Book Grace Lin (read her Magazine article “Speak with Us, Not for Us”) and Karen Blumenthal (read her Calling Caldecott interview with Julie Danielson). We encourage you to […]

It’s a bookend! It’s a snowball flinger!

Stop, you’re both right! #WinterInNewEngland #LibraryKids

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 Stupid, Divorce Is the Worst, […]

Review of Duck & Goose: A Gift for Goose

Duck & Goose: A Gift for Goose [Step into Reading] by Tad Hills; illus. by the author Primary    Schwartz & Wade/Random    32 pp. 1/19    978-0-525-64490-3    $4.99     Library ed.  978-0-525-64491-0    $12.99     e-book ed.  978-0-525-64492-7    $4.99  For certain kids, the box can be the best part of a gift — especially when it’s as enticing as the one […]

Picture book love and community

These new picture books model self-love, strength in community, and pride in identity for very young children of color. Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel, illustrated by Shane W. Evans, is an affirmation of self-love for children of color. An exuberant brown-skinned girl recounts many situations in which she puts her “hands up”: playing peek-a-boo, […]