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Summer lessons

The following new summery picture books for preschoolers and up touch on themes of overcoming fears, making new friends, defining home, and persevering, all in light-and-breezy summertime-friendly ways. For more recommended summertime reads, check out our Summer Reading list. See also our new Five Questions interviews with Julián Is a Mermaid author/illustrator Jessica Love and […]

Local Women Authors in Conversation at the Cambridge Public Library

Last week the Cambridge (MA) Public Library hosted a panel of Local Women Authors in Conversation. Moderated by Professor Susan Tomlinson of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and editor of the scholarly journal Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, the panelists were middle-grade writer Susan Tan (author of the Cilla Lee-Jenkins books and Horn Book […]

“Garth Williams: Illustrator of the Century” exhibit

Through July 31st, 2018, the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine, is hosting the children’s book exhibit “Garth Williams: Illustrator of the Century.” Curated by none other than children’s literature scholar (and Friend of The Horn Book) Leonard S. Marcus, the exhibit is “by far the largest Garth Williams retrospective ever assembled,” with over one […]

Review of Mapping the Bones

Mapping the Bones by Jane Yolen Middle School, High School    Philomel    417 pp.    g 3/18    978-0-399-25778-0    $17.99 Yolen (The Devil’s Arithmetic; Briar Rose) returns to the horrors of the Holocaust in this “Hansel and Gretel”–inspired story of cruelty, survival, and love. It begins in the Łodz ghetto, to which Jewish fourteen-year-old twins Chaim and Gittel […]

Mama-Llama Day 2018

We’d been wondering why a four-year-old Lolly’s Classroom blog post was generating so many new comments. Then we realized that Netflix had just released a new animated series based on the Llama Llama books by the late Anna Dewdney (you can read her heartfelt and very Family Reading-appropriate keynote speech from The Horn Book’s Fostering […]

El día de los niños / El día de los libros

Monday was El día de los niños / El día de los libros, a nationwide celebration that “emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.” This year we were so proud and happy when we heard that Sujei Lugo Vázquez, children’s librarian at the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public […]

Review of Baby Monkey, Private Eye

 Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin; illus. by Brian Selznick Primary    Scholastic    192 pp. 2/18    978-1-338-18061-9    $16.99 Selznick, who won the 2008 Caldecott Medal for his 534-page picture book/novel hybrid The Invention of Hugo Cabret (rev. 3/07), here presents with coauthor and husband Serlin an almost-two-hundred-page…easy reader/film-noir homage. In five chapters, […]

Review of I Got It!

I Got It! by David Wiesner; illus. by the author Primary    Clarion    32 pp.    g 4/18    978-0-544-30902-9    $17.99 A boy stands watching a group of kids milling around a baseball diamond. He approaches the group and is (wordlessly) directed to the outfield. The game begins; the first batter smacks the ball. “I got it!” Instead, […]

Review of People Don’t Bite People

People Don’t Bite People by Lisa Wheeler; illus. by Molly Idle Preschool    Atheneum    40 pp. 4/18    978-1-4814-9082-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-9083-2    $10.99 In subversively lilting rhymed verse, Wheeler enumerates the reasons “people don’t bite people” and suggests alternatives: “It’s good to bite a biscuit. / It’s good to bite a plum. / It’s BAD to […]

Spring Break (?!) 2018

Though it doesn’t feel much like spring here in Massachusetts (brr!), this is April School Vacation Week. Monday was Patriots’ Day, a state holiday commemorating the Revolutionary War battles of Lexington and Concord; it was also Marathon Monday, and this year’s 122nd Boston Marathon marked five years since that horrible, unforgettable day of the marathon […]