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“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, […]

Celebrating Black History 2019

February is Black History Month. The following nonfiction titles present informative, inspirational, and moving stories about notable African American people and events, to be shared with readers all year long. See also our Five Questions interview with Claire Hartfield, winner of the 2019 Coretta Scott King Author Award for A Few Red Drops: The Chicago […]

Review of See Pip Flap

See Pip Flap [Ready-to-Read: Adventures of Otto] by David Milgrim; illus. by the author Primary    Simon Spotlight    32 pp. 8/18    978-1-5344-1636-9    $17.99 Paper ed.  978-1-5344-1635-2    $4.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-1637-6    $4.99 The latest in Milgrim’s early reader series about robot Otto, mouse Pip, and their creature friends begins with an exit: “See Tweet flap. / See […]

Winter break: The Aftermath

We are going through a Diary of a Wimpy Kid phase at my house, big-time (and thank you to the Cambridge Public Library for carrying a bajillion copies of many of the titles). Reading and re-reading those books was one of the things that kept us occupied over the winter break. And then came the […]

“Love Your Neighbor” booklist series from the Association of Jewish Libraries

Following the October 2018 gun murders at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and in response to rising anti-Semitism in the United States, the Association of Jewish Libraries began compiling a series of themed booklists for children, families, and communities. The “Love Your Neighbor” series includes four lists: List #1 Standing Up for Each […]