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Elissa Gershowitz

About Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She is a current member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee.

ALAMW18: Not-a-Martha (or a Roger)

Although I’ve worked at The Horn Book for nearly twelve years (!! feels like yesterday), this was my first year attending Midwinter as an official ALA member. ALSC hosted a new members’ dinner on Friday night, where I bonded with Elizabeth Serrano, from the “home office” in Chicago, over perplexing cocktail names (“Not my chair, […]

Love, friendship, and fashion

For Valentine’s Day, here are some new YA stories featuring friendship, romance, purported space aliens, and fabulous fashion. See also Katrina Hedeen and Rachel L. Smith’s 2013 Horn Book Magazine article: “What Makes a Good YA Love Story?” Edan, star of Cecil Castellucci’s Don’t Cosplay with My Heart, is a devotee of the (fictitious) comic […]

#HBBlackHistoryMonth18

Our commemoration of Black History Month continues with the following new picture books for older readers that recognize African American, Afro Caribbean, and South African trailblazers and pioneers. (And huge congratulations to all of this year’s Coretta Scott King Award winners!) Throughout February The Horn Book is highlighting articles, speeches, and reviews from our archive […]

Review of Grace for Gus

Grace for Gus by Harry Bliss; illus. by the author Primary    Tegen/HarperCollins    40 pp.    g 2/18    978-0-06-264410-7    $17.99 Bliss’s nearly wordless book, told mainly through panel illustrations (and “with thanks to colorist Frank Young”), is a love letter to NYC, to creative bespectacled schoolchildren, and to guinea pigs; per the dedication page, it’s based on […]

Refugee: 2018 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour

The Sydney Taylor Book Award 2018 Blog Tour features interviews with gold and silver medalists. Visit jewishlibraries.org for the full schedule of blog tour stops (including Shoshana’s interview with Tammar Stein!) and follow the Association of Jewish Library’s blog. Refugee by Alan Gratz is a timely, emotion-filled, and pulse-pounding story that intertwines the narratives of […]

Review of Nothing

Nothing by Annie Barrows High School    Greenwillow    212 pp. 9/17    978-0-06-266823-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-266825-7    $9.99 High school BFFs Charlotte and Frankie are convinced they’d be terrible YA novel protagonists because nothing ever happens to them: their parents are still alive, they’re not suicidal, they don’t have wild sex with either boys or other girls. […]

2018 Sydney Taylor Book Awards and beyond!

This week the Association of Jewish Libraries announced the winners of the 2018 Sydney Taylor Book Awards. Named after the groundbreaking author of the All-of-a-Kind Family books (you know, the five sisters — Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, Gertie — and baby brother Charlie; which one are you?) the award “recognizes books for children and teens […]

Try, try again

Sometimes persistence is the key to success, as demonstrated by the following picture book characters who try, try again. In Molly Bang’s latest Sophie book, When Sophie Thinks She Can’t… (written with Ann Stern), our blonde-pigtailed heroine is working on a tangram puzzle when her older sister comes by and casually solves it (“Too bad […]

Review of Sam, the Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World

Sam, the Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World by Mo Willems; illus. by the author Preschool    Hyperion    48 pp. 9/17    978-1-368-00214-1    $17.99 As fans of Leonardo, the Terrible Monster (rev. 9/05) will remember, monster Leonardo’s buddy Sam is “the most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world.” In this sequel, Sam and Leonardo meet another […]

An Interview with Kishonna L. Gray

We need diverse books…and diverse games and diverse media. Game studies and comparative media studies expert Dr. Kishonna L. Gray, assistant professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University, spoke with Horn Book executive editor Elissa Gershowitz and elementary school librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro about representation and diversity in electronic […]