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Debs!

This Thursday at 3, JLG’s Deb Ford and I will be webcasting about some recent debut authors. Should someone tell them that the second book is harder? Angie Thomas has made my day by tweeting that she has no plans for a sequel to her first novel, The Hate U Give. God bless her.

Thanksgiving media consumption scorecard

Nope, didn’t watch a single game. And didn’t read any children’s books. Here is what I imbibed instead.   Movies: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Hated the title; loved the performances and was with the plot for almost the whole movie. I did see Frances McDormand play this part better in Olive Kitteridge, however. B+ […]

Chelsea Sedoti 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 Upon reaching the age of eighteen, each resident of Madison, Nevada, is taken to a cave to make a wish. That the wishes always come true, and that this has […]

Getting ready to blow

Today we all meet to decide Fanfare, the Horn Book’s choices for the best books of 2017. As I type, strategic alliances are being formed  to whittle down the current list of some sixty titles to… well, fewer. A lot fewer. It would be great if sometime before I retire I could strong-arm the staff into […]

Kathryn Erskine 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 Julian isn’t at all happy that his moms are moving him and his cranky older sister to a house in Maine on a lake. Thus the life jacket he wears […]

From the Editor — November 2017

It’s Calling Caldecott season, so make sure you head on over to the sometimes feisty debates. Martha and Lolly and Jules and their crew of contributors are doing a wonderful job of turning the contenders upside-down and inside-out to get at just what we mean when we say “the most distinguished picture book for children.” […]

Strike that

Spoilers ahead, I guess, for those who have neither read nor seen Wonderstruck; those who have read Brian Selznick’s 2011 novel will find a remarkably consonant story in Todd Haynes’ new movie for which Selznick wrote the screenplay. So if you’ve read the book but not seen the movie, press on, as you’ve been spoiled […]

Review of Her Right Foot

Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers; illus. by Shawn Harris Primary, Intermediate    Chronicle    104 pp. 9/17    978-1-4521-6281-2    $19.99 In digressive, idiosyncratic prose, Eggers outlines the history of the Statue of Liberty, gradually leading readers into the detail he’s really interested in — the statue’s right foot, poised as if to take a step. While it […]

Nikki Giovanni and Ashley Bryan Talk 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 The equally eminent poet Nikki Giovanni and artist Ashley Bryan, longtime friends, first collaborated more than twenty years ago for The Sun Is So Quiet. In I Am Loved, they […]

BBF 2017

I hope to see some of you tomorrow, 11-5, at the Boston Book Festival. The Horn Book will be giving stuff (and opinions; I’m almost done with The Book of Dust) away at booth number 9 in Copley Square. We can see Roxy’s Grilled Cheese (number 33) from our booth! And our Elissa will be […]