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Review of Attack of the Black Rectangles

Attack of the Black Rectangles by Amy Sarig King Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    263 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-338-68052-2    $17.99 Sixth grader Mac Delaney isn’t sure what to expect after being assigned to Ms. Sett’s class. She’s famous—“as famous as a person can get in our town”—for writing letters to the...

From the Editor - September 2022

Our monthlong virtual celebration of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards begins on October 3, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this year’s winners: Jason Reynolds and Jason Griffin (in the Picture Book category — discuss!), Sabaa Tahir, and Brandy Colbert; along with our fabulous honorees. Visit Hbook.com every...

Review of Killer Underwear Invasion!: How to Spot Fake News, Disinformation & Conspiracy Theories

Killer Underwear Invasion!: How to Spot Fake News, Disinformation & Conspiracy Theories by Elise Gravel; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Chronicle    88 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-7972-1491-7    $14.99 Two jelly bean–shaped creatures, one blue, one pink, delve into the intricacies and duplicity behind one of the most insidious and pervasive...

Imprinted: Illustrating Race Exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum

"Tanglewood is back! This summer, for the first time since 2019, Tanglewood will offer a full season of concerts and events." My husband sings with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and this year's Beethoven's Ninth performance, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, was an especially memorable and moving one.  But enough about music! While...

Editorial: Selfless Acts (September/October 2022)

Back in the fall of 2016 many of us were together, in person, at the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center of Simmons University, celebrating the winners of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards. Yuyi Morales, previously an honoree for ­Georgia in Hawaii (and subsequently for Dreamers), received a Picture Book Honor...

From the Editor - August 2022

The September/October issue of the Horn Book Magazine is at press and soon to be on its way to your mailboxes (and our website). Check out the mysterious and enticing cover by Vera Brosgol, from A Spoonful of Frogs, by Casey Lyall, and you can even get a jump (ha)...

Review of It’s a Sign!

It’s a Sign! [Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!] by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey; illus. by the authors; with additional illustrations by Mo Willems Primary    Hyperion    64 pp.   g 5/22    978-1-368-07584-8    $10.99 Fox-like animal friends One and Two, art supplies in hand, are working together to create “a sign...

Children's Literature Lecture Nominations

The Children’s Literature Lecture Award Committee is seeking suggestions for our 2024 honoree (note: this is not the same as the Children's Literature Legacy Award). The lecture will be given in 2024 at a site to be chosen next year. The lecturer may be an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children’s literature,...

Review of See You Someday Soon

See You Someday Soon by Pat Zietlow Miller; illus. by Suzy LeePreschool, Primary    Roaring Brook    48 pp.    g6/22    978-1-250-22110-0    $19.99“Someday soon, I’ll see you. Even though you are there. And I am here. So very far apart. I want to see you now, of course. Right this minute.” In a...
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