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On Rudine Sims Bishop’s “The Pinkney Family: In the Tradition” (from 1996)

“With their art and their writing, the Pinkneys have enriched American children’s literature by illuminating the experiences of African Americans and of others as well. They are committed to telling the untold stories of African Americans, to making connections across cultures, to demonstrating, as Jerry says, that ‘we as a people are as good as […]

“Stories that build on a common humanity”

In “A Fine Bookshelf,” from the March/April 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, author and Haitian immigrant Ibi Zoboi talks about building a home library for her two daughters, now teenagers. As the girls were growing up, Zoboi sought out books that mirrored her children’s experience and that celebrated past generations. She begins her […]

Snow Day!

I’m taking advantage of today’s East Coast blizzard to catch up on a few online things (while we still have power!), and I see that I missed Katie’s Out of the Box write-up of the Horn Book’s holiday adventure to the Concord Museum last month. “From the Horn Book family to yours…” includes a festive […]

On Rachel Kamin’s “Move Over, Shmelf…There Are Other Books on the Shelf” (from 2016)

The first night of Hanukkah is Wednesday, December 13, Tuesday, December 12 [thanks to Julie Rosemarin for alerting us to the error!], and if you’re tempted to add the story of Shmelf, the Hanukkah Elf to your family’s holiday traditions, well, read what librarian and anti-Shmelfer Rachel Kamin had to say last year in “Move […]

Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature

Children’s literature scholar and long-time friend of the Horn Book, Carolyn Shute recently let me know about a seasonal exhibit at the Concord (MA) Museum. If you live in the area or will be in or near eastern Massachusetts in the next few weeks, I recommend making the museum’s Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s […]

Remember

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, which honors those who have died as a result of anti-transgender violence. Katie’s Out of the Box post from last week is rich with links not only to trans- and queer-related articles and reviews from the Horn Book but also to organizations and recommended reading from all over. This […]

Review of I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups

I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups by Chris Harris; illus. by Lane Smith Primary, Intermediate    Little, Brown    228 pp. 9/17    978-0-316-26657-4    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-26659-8    $9.99 “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— / I took the one less traveled by… / Since then I’ve been completely […]

On Susan Kusel’s “Book or Treat!” (from 2016)

“Over the years, I’ve been amazed at the number of kids who arrive at my house looking forward to selecting their book.” In “Book or Treat!,” librarian and “frequent book-award committee member” Susan Kusel writes about the genius way she divests herself of the many review copies she receives throughout the year. On Halloween, she […]

Halloween treats

The Halloween countdown is on. As certain people in my house wait not-so-patiently for the witching hour on October 31, we’ve been working our way through our pile of favorite spooky picture books and are looking forward to checking out some new ones from the library. Happily, the ghosts and ghouls at The Horn Book […]

On Summer Clark’s “What My First Grader Taught Me About Reading” (from 2017)

“Our library harbors a large supply of early readers. I helped him choose a stack that I found to be at an appropriate beginner level, with few words per page, basic beginning sight words, repetition of frequently used spelling patterns, and engaging topics that related to his interests — all of which I hoped would […]