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#NESCBWI18 recap

The 2018 New England SCBWI annual conference — with the theme “Dream. Explore. Create.” — was held in Springfield, MA, April 20th–22nd.  I’ve attended this conference most years since 2008, and was aware of some welcome new measures: attendees are now required to read the SCBWI anti-harassment policy before registering, and the (always large and […]

The power of poetry

April is National Poetry Month! The following books show how poetry can combine with illustrations to express all kinds of feelings, from love to uncertainty to pride in one’s heritage. For more, click the tag poetry and see our upcoming Horn Book Herald: Spring News e-newsletter, featuring our Five Questions interview with Young People’s Poet […]

Intern with us!

Interested in learning more about the children’s book industry, book reviewing, or how magazines and review journals operate? A Horn Book internship is a great place to start. Our editorial interns are an invaluable help in managing the gazillion books that enter and leave our office (and if the phrase “gazillion books” sounds appealing to […]

Wacky “weading”

In these middle-grade fantasy novels, anything is possible — and most of everything is silly. In Lissa Evans’s laugh-out-loud-funny Wed Wabbit, ten-year-old Fidge is sucked into Wimbley Land: the embodiment of her injured little sister Minnie’s imaginative life, based on Minnie’s (dreadful) favorite children’s book and peopled with stuffed toys. Sensible, energetic Fidge embraces the […]

Recap: Angie Thomas at First Parish Church in Cambridge, MA

I was lucky enough to be part of the sold-out audience at First Parish Church in Cambridge, MA, Tuesday night to hear her discuss The Hate U Give (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray) with Here & Now radio host Robin Young, sponsored by Harvard Book Store and WBUR. It was the day after #AngieThomasAppreciationDay, and those present […]

Meet our spring interns!

Every semester, we ask our interns to tell us a little about themselves. (Our ulterior motive: we want to chat with them about their favorite books!) Meet brand-new editorial interns Melissa and Lex, both of whom will be a huge help to us this spring. Interested in a Horn Book internship? The deadline to apply […]

New books for new readers

From limited word banks to graphic-novel elements, these books have plenty of tools to support emerging readers — and entertaining stories that are worth the effort. For more on easy readers, see the upcoming March/April 2018 Horn Book Magazine article “An Easy Reader Renaissance.” Witty wordplay, snappy dialogue, and rich watercolor and collage illustrations combine […]

Review of Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories

Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories by Jack Gantos; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Farrar    203 pp. 8/17    978-0-374-30456-0    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-374-30457-7    $9.99 Gantos advises budding writers to keep journals as copiously as he has done since his youth, and the idea of maintaining one’s own […]

Review of Spinning

Spinning by Tillie Walden; illus. by the author High School    First Second/Roaring Brook    396 pp. 9/17    978-1-62672-772-4    $22.99 Paper ed.  978-1-62672-940-7    $17.99 In a graphic memoir, former competitive figure skater and synchronized skater Walden looks back at her twelve years growing up in the world of competitive sports. The shadowy, cool bluish-purples of most of […]

Happy Hanukkah from The Horn Book!

Hanukkah begins tonight — we hope your holiday is bright and bookish! Last year Rachel Kamin wrote, “Move Over, Shmelf…There Are Other Books on the Shelf.” She wasn’t kidding. If you’re looking for latke literature, there’s no shortage, from board books introducing the basics of Hanukkah to more complex stories. Here are some recent picture-book […]