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Innosanto Nagara, Wee the People, Frugal Bookstore: A Is for Awesome

Yesterday afternoon, Oakland-based author/illustrator Innosanto Nagara, best known for his board book A Is for Activist, held an awesome after-school event at the Frugal Bookstore (Friends of the Horn Book) in Roxbury, MA. Called “R Is for Rulebreakers! Celebrate Protest with Innosanto Nagara,” the event was hosted by Wee the People, “an arts-based series of […]

Architects and designers

Architects Maya Lin, Zaha Hadid, and Frank Lloyd Wright drew inspiration from science, nature, and the world around them to create iconic buildings and structures; artist and designer Mary Blair saw the possibility in color and embraced the motto: “It’s a Small World.” These picture-book biographies may similarly encourage budding architects and designers. Jeanne Walker […]

Halloween candy is for kids.

We were all bummed today that no one brought in any leftover Halloween candy. And then *this* arrived from our friends at Taza Chocolate…I mean Heaven: It is by far the most delicious thing to have come Out of the Box in our seven years of publication. And guess what? Today is Out of the […]

Boston Book Festival 2017: “Where We Find Ourselves”

The theme of the ninth annual Boston Book Festival was “Where We Find Ourselves.” We found ourselves in Booth #9 enjoying the music and performances from the Berklee Festival Stage — and all throughout the twenty-plus (!) venues in and around Copley Square and the Boston Public Library. Here are some highlights from the event […]

Review of Creepy Pair of Underwear!

Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds; illus. by Peter Brown Primary    Simon    48 pp. 8/17    978-1-4424-0298-0    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-7670-6    $10.99 This companion book to the author-illustrator team’s Creepy Carrots humorously spookifies another not-usually-scary item. While underwear-shopping with his mom, young bunny Jasper Rabbit spies a pair of green glow-in-the-dark undies with a Frankenstein’s-monster […]

National Bullying Prevention Month 2017 Unity Day

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Today is Unity Day, when people wear orange to spotlight the issue of bullying and raise awareness of bullying prevention. “Together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.” Click here for additional ways to show your support, and look for the hashtag #UnityDay2017. The following picture books […]

Family curses, grief, and fate

These recent books for middle graders dip into the supernatural (ancestral curses, spectral mothers, ghost frenemies, growing skeletons) to raise larger questions about family, friendship, memory, grief, and love. In Lauren DeStefano’s The Girl with the Ghost Machine, ten-year-old Emmaline Beaumont and her father Julien are devastated by Emmaline’s mother’s sudden death, and grief drives […]

2017 Boston Teen Author Festival

On Saturday afternoon, the place to be for fans of YA literature was the sixth annual Boston Teen Author Festival, held at the Cambridge Public Library and the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. Forty (!) authors participated throughout the day on panels including “Family Portrait” (authors S. K. Ali, Sarah Nicole Lemon, Jen Malone, […]

Chapter-book chums

As new readers head back to school, these recent chapter books will help cement a love of read-it-yourself stories. King, an exuberant dog, introduces himself in the initial two entries of a new early-chapter-book series by Dori Hillestad Butler: “Hello! My name is King. I’m a dog. This is Kayla. She is my human.” Each […]

Back-to-school silliness

School is in session. Here are some new picture books that play up the silliness for students and teachers — including one most ridiculous substitute. For more, look to our Back-to-School Horn Book Herald and What Makes a Good School Story? newsletters. The mischievous feline star of Here Comes Teacher Cat by Deborah Underwood is […]