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Talks With Authors

Despite the fact that I told them I dropped an f-bomb back in my first-ever preschool story hour, the powers that be have still decided that I’m going to host my first-ever live webcast, and it’s coming your way this coming Wednesday. For “Exploring Race, Mistakes, and Friendship through Poetry,” I’ll be joined by Irene Latham, […]

From the Editor – January 2018

Calling Caldecott will be wrapping up its picture book coverage of 2018 Caldecott Medal hopefuls this month, so get on over there to learn everything before the winner is announced on February 12. This week Edi Campbell considers Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, which would make my shortlist; how about yours? Calling Caldecott’s […]

Review of Silent Days, Silent Dreams

Silent Days, Silent Dreams by Allen Say; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Levine/Scholastic    64 pp. 10/17    978-0-545-92761-1    $21.99 Born in 1899, James Castle was a deaf, self-taught artist in Idaho who created prodigiously — and privately, until a gallery “discovered” him in his middle age. Say imagines a biography for Castle (told from […]

Editorial: The First Rule of BGHB

We were pleased to celebrate in October the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, coverage of which can be found in this issue, on pages 24–45 and at hbook.com/bghb17. I’ve always loved the literal offbeat-ness of this award: its consideration year is June 1 to May 31, making of its eligible contenders a […]

The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way)

The other day in the grocery store I overheard one woman explaining to another why she thought calculus was ridiculous: “You can’t add letters.” True enough, and it led me to pondering one of my favorite time-twiddling questions: why is the alphabet in the order it is? There is no real reason b should follow […]

Rita Williams-Garcia Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by For our last Talks with Roger of the year, Rita Williams-Garcia and I spoke just before Thanksgiving about her latest novel, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground. Roger Sutton: I went back […]

Horn Book Magazine starred reviews January/February 2018

The following books will receive starred reviews in the January/February issue of The Horn Book Magazine.   Grace for Gus; written and illustrated by Harry Bliss (Tegen/HarperCollins) Ducks Away!; by Mem Fox; illustrated by Judy Horacek (Scholastic) Little i; written and illustrated by Michael Hall (Greenwillow) It’s Shoe Time!; by Bryan Collier; illustrated by Brian Collier and Mo Willems (Hyperion) […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2017

And here is Fanfare, the Horn Book’s list of the best books of the year for children and teens. The list, complete with annotations for the choices, will be published in Notes from the Horn Book, coming to your inbox (subscribe here; it’s free) next Wednesday. Picture Books Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut […]

R.I.P. Blanche

I was sad to hear from former Horn Book president Duncan Todd today that Blanche Egersheim, a stalwart of the Thomas Todd Company and the Horn Book for fifty years, died earlier this month at the age of ninety-eight. Blanche was, as then-publisher Anne Quirk wrote upon Blanche’s retirement in 2006, “the Horn Book’s bookkeeper, human […]

Kate Milford Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by In Kate Milford’s Ghosts of Greenglass House, Christmas comes again to Greenglass House, that mysterious, isolated…perfectly delightful inn filled with history and mystery. In this sequel to Greenglass House, old […]