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Apply for a spring Horn Book internship + meet intern Bodie!

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. We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2022 internships, which will likely include a combination of remote work and in-person work in...

The People's Painter

Illustrating a biography of an artist is its own challenge. In The People's Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art — a picture-book biography of artist Ben Shahn, written by Cynthia Levinson — illustrator Evan Turk strikes a balance between allowing Shahn’s influence to infuse the illustrations (his intention, as...

Five questions for Marcie Colleen and Aaron Becker

This Saturday will mark the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. For children born after this tragic event in which 2,996 individuals lost their lives in New York; Washington, DC; and Pennsylvania, reading books such as Marcie Colleen and Aaron Becker’s moving tribute Survivor Tree (Little, Brown, 6–9 years)...

Rosh Hashanah 2021

Rosh Hashanah begins Monday night! Wishing you a year when you feel welcome, accomplished, comforted, protected, and full of life. Shana tovah!...

Review of How to Become a Planet

How to Become a Planet by Nicole Melleby Middle School    Algonquin    288 pp.    g 5/21    978-1-64375-036-1    $16.95 e-book ed.  978-1-64375-162-7    $9.99 As the book opens, twelve-year-old Pluto, so named for her mother’s space obsession, asks the Hayden Planetarium’s question-and-answer hotline how to create a black hole, because she wants to...

Review of Hazel bly and the Deep Blue Sea

Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea by Ashley Herring Blake Intermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    352 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-316-53545-8    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-53546-5    $9.99 Twelve-year-old Hazel and her younger sister have been moving around the country with Mama for two years, ever since Hazel’s other mother died in...

Review of Too Bright to See

Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff Middle School    Dial    192 pp.    g 4/21    978-0-593-11115-4    $16.99 Bug has always believed his family’s old Vermont farmhouse is haunted — partly because of shadows and creaks, and partly because he often “catch[es] a glimpse of something in the mirror that isn’t me.”...

Review of The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau

The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau by Jon Agee; illus. by the author Primary    Dial    40 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-593-11265-6    $17.99 In Agee’s 1988 picture book, a Horn Book Fanfare title, everyone at the Grand Contest of Art hates the title character’s painting — a simply drawn duck in a...

Review of El Deafo: Superpowered Edition!

El Deafo: Superpowered Edition! by Cece Bell; illus. by the author; color by David Lasky Intermediate, Middle School    Amulet/Abrams    288 pp.    g 10/20    978-1-4197-4831-8    $19.99 Bell’s 2014 graphic memoir is here re-issued with a wealth of “superpowered extras.” Childhood photos with friendly hand-lettered captions, often showing key items referenced in...
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