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Week in Review, July 30th – August 3rd

This week on hbook.com… Preview September/October 2018 Horn Book Magazine Table of Contents and starred reviews Sarah Crossan Talks with Roger “The first week of August hangs at the very top of the summer…” Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Jerome by Heart by Thomas Scotto; illus. by Olivier Tallec; trans. from the French by […]

Wrock ‘n’ roll

You’re never too old to save Ginny Weasley from the basilisk — or to rock out while one crowd-surfs. That’s just what Cindy and I did last weekend at the Coolidge Corner Theater, where wizard-rock pioneers Harry and the Potters and their opener Lauren Fairweather turned moment after moment from our beloved series into musical […]

Week in Review, July 23rd – 27th

This week on hbook.com… From the July/August issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards: 2018 Mind the Gap Awards: The books that didn’t win at ALA Reflections on Black Children’s Literature: A Historical Perspective by Jonda C. McNair Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh Fiction: Front Desk […]

Reviews of 2018 Mind the Gap Award winners

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. Our annual Mind the Gap Awards pay tribute to our favorite books that didn’t win. Here’s how we reviewed our 2018 winners. Windows by Julia Denos; illus. by E. B. Goodale Preschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 10/17    978-0-7636-9035-9    $15.99 “At the end of the day, before […]

International Sand Sculpting Festival

On Saturday afternoon, I visited the 15th annual International Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach, MA (also known as America’s First Public Beach!). A striking centerpiece paid homage to this year’s theme: “Celebrating Literacy.” Can you name all the kidlit references in this amazing sand creation? And for a bonus round: Can you name the […]

Week in Review, July 16th – 20th

This week on hbook.com… Two archival Horn Book Magazine articles available online for the first time: “Confronting the Ovens: The Holocaust and Juvenile Fiction” by Eric A. Kimmel (from the February 1977 issue) — which was cited in Ruth Franklin’s recent New Yorker article “How Should Children’s Books Deal with the Holocaust?” “Mocking Moscow” by […]

A is for Avonlea: Anne of Green Gables board books

When books “Inspired by Anne of Green Gables” enter the office, I take notice (as I’m often inspired by AoGG myself). So when two Anne-based board books, Anne’s Colors and Anne’s Numbers by Kelly Hill (Tundra, May 2018) showed up, I had to pore over them. Anne’s Colors has more for Anne fans to get […]

Week in Review, July 9th-13th

This week on hbook.com… From the July/August 2018 The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards: 2017 in Review: The Year in Words by Monica Edinger and Roxanne Hsu Feldman 2017 in Review: The Year in Pictures by Julie Danielson and Travis Jonker An Interview with Denene Millner by Kim Parker and Elissa Gershowitz Jason […]

Week in Review, July 2nd-6th

This week on hbook.com… From the July/August 2018 The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards: Table of Contents Roger Sutton’s editorial “Some Best Books, and a Best Man“ 2018 CSK–Virginia Hamilton Award Acceptance by Eloise Greenfield Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Niblet & Ralph by Zachariah OHora Fiction: All Summer Long by Hope Larson […]

ALA 2018: So many choices, so little time, wear comfy shoes

ALA is like a Choose Your Own Adventure, with myriad paths to follow. I missed out on a lot (Michelle Obama and Carla Hayden, Trombone Shorty, the sold-out CSK Breakfast — see Martha’s post), but everything I did see left me invigorated and in awe. Saturday morning began with the “Native YA Today: Contemporary Indigenous […]