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February Boston-area book events

February is a good month for book-lovers! Here’s a sampling of events coming up around Boston; check our calendar for details and even more events. Email to submit your event for listing. Tonight at 7:00 pm, join Brookline Booksmith to celebrate new releases from two young adult novelists: Melissa Albert (The Hazel Wood) and […]

Week in Review, January 22nd-26th

This week on… Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin (1929–2018) January issue of the Nonfiction Notes newsletter: animal-human relationships; graphic-novel biographies and memoirs; interesting invention stories; logophila; calm and confidence Roger’s “shelfie” for #LibraryShelfieDay Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: When Sophie Thinks She Can’t… by Molly Bang with Ann Stern Fiction: Nothing by Annie Barrows Nonfiction: A […]

Week in Review, January 15th-19th

This week on… Remembering Julius Lester (1939–2018) 2018 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards acceptance speeches roundup Andrea Davis Pinkney Talks with Roger — video edition Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Ducks Away! by Mem Fox; illus. by Judy Horacek Fiction: The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe; trans. from […]

Julius Lester (1939-2018)

We were terribly saddened to hear of the death yesterday of Julius Lester at age seventy-eight, author of such touchstone books as To Be a Slave (illustrated by Tom Feelings), a Newbery Honor winner; Long Journey Home: Stories from Black History; When the Beginning Began: Stories About God, the Creatures, and Us (illustrated by Emily Lisker); […]

2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards acceptance speeches roundup

All week we’ve been posting the moving and inspiring acceptance speeches from our 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards winners. We’ve collected all of the speeches below, along with reviews of the winning books and some extras (interviews! articles! previous speeches!) on the winners and their work. See the January/February 2018 issue of The Horn Book […]

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 […]

Books for Martin Luther King Day 2018

Perhaps now more than ever, Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides an opportunity to reflect not only on the life of the great civil rights leader, but also on how far we’ve come — and how very far we still have to go. Below is an updated list of recommended books about Dr. King’s life […]

“Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa.”

“We adults [Ed. note: ahem, ahem] know, of course, that Africa is a continent, not a country. Also that it is diverse, full of real people and places that are varied and distinct.” —Monica Edinger’s 2014 Horn Book Magazine article “Books About Africa“ “The Caribbean is one of the most culturally, racially, and linguistically diverse […]

2018 Sydney Taylor Book Awards and beyond!

This week the Association of Jewish Libraries announced the winners of the 2018 Sydney Taylor Book Awards. Named after the groundbreaking author of the All-of-a-Kind Family books (you know, the five sisters — Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, Gertie — and baby brother Charlie; which one are you?) the award “recognizes books for children and teens […]

January Notes from the Horn Book newsletter is here!

In this month’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book, we talk with Julie Danielson, newest Calling Caldecott team member (and long-time author of the awesome Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog!) about her favorite 2018 contenders, dashed Caldecott dreams, and picture-book publishing lore. picture books about persistence new easy readers and early-reader comics rockin’ […]