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It’s already September?!? Welcome back!

Crisp breezes in the air. The changing color of leaves. Decorative gourds (if that’s your thing). Pumpkin-spice lattes (ditto). That’s right, you all: autumn is almost here. Geese will head south, squirrels will bulk up, and you may already be pondering what your Halloween costume will be. Our favorite thing about fall—though sweater weather comes […]

The Miseducation of Cameron Post movie review

Emily M. Danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a novel about a teen girl sent to a gay conversion program in the early ‘90s, was not an easy read. Oh, it was good. It just wasn’t easy. But when the film (Filmrise, August 2018; NR) was released, I wanted to support it. And of course, […]

On Jessica Angotti’s “Committing the Crime Without Doing the Time” (from 2010)

“Based on my observations, it seems children find a loophole. Straddling reality and fantasy allows them to keep one foot in the story, dancing all night and getting into trouble, and the other one out, avoiding time-outs or bed without dinner. This hokey-pokey stance gives young readers the best of both worlds; in for the […]

Week in Review, August 20th – 24th

This week on hbook.com… Yuyi Morales Talks with Roger From the September/October 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Devoted to Diversity: Publishers with a Purpose” by Shoshana Flax Back-to-School Week 2018: #5Q for Dear Substitute co-authors Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick; recommended new books for students of all ages; essential reading for parents […]

2017–2018 yearbook superlatives

Summer is winding down: the weather has turned cooler (sob!) and students are starting the new school year. Get into the back-to-school mood with our senior superlatives for characters in the class of 2017–2018. What superlative would you award your favorite character? Best hair: narrator, Crown; MacKenzie, My Hair Is a Garden Best dressed: Julián, […]

If They Do Say So Themselves

Here at the Horn Book we are scrupulous about giving reviewed books their full titles, even when it’s Tigers & Tea with Toppy: A True Adventure in New York City with Wildlife Artist Charles R. Knight, Who Loved Saber-Toothed Cats, Parties at the Plaza, and People and Animals of All Stripes (by Barbara Kerley with […]

Week in Review, August 13th – 17th

This week on hbook.com… Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Stop, Go, Yes, No!: A Story of Opposites by Mike Twohy Fiction: The Itchy Book [Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!] by LeUyen Pham Nonfiction: The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs: The Story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation by Kate Messner; illus. by Matthew […]

Gendered reading and audiobooks

My daughter became a bookworm this year, reading middle grade novels by Carl Hiaasen, Kate Beasley, Robert Beatty, and Erin Entrada Kelly. She read before bed, and while eating breakfast and brushing her teeth. When she finished a book, she’d pass it along to me, and we’d discuss it. I felt excited about this new […]

Do we need another hero?

The plan to create a new Oscar for “outstanding achievement in popular film,” meaning, it seems, superhero movies and action films, has me thinking about what that would look like in children’s books. Although the Academy doesn’t seem to have worked out just how the new award will work, it’s designed to reward excellence in […]

Week in Review, August 6th – 10th

This week on hbook.com… From the July/August 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “From The Guide: Summer of Change” August 2018 Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: 5Q for Sergio Ruzzier on The Party and Other Stories [Fox + Chick] plus more uncommon graphic novels for beginners, picture-book bios of groundbreaking women in STEM, […]