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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, […]

Illustrators — finally!

“Illustrators — finally! Authors get all the credit for everything!” said my eight-year-old when I told him I was going to be spending time with a few. On Friday, July 27, I was invited to Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA, by the incomparable Kim Parker [NB: every parent, teacher, librarian, administrator, person who cares […]

August’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter

In this month’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book, Shoshana and Cindy talk with Sergio Ruzzier about his new picture book–graphic novel–easy reader hybrid The Party and Other Stories, first in the Fox + Chick series. In this issue you’ll also find four more uncommon graphic novels for beginners picture-book bios of groundbreaking women […]

“Where y’at, Shorty!”

At 5 o’clock on Saturday, I headed down to Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Boston’s waterfront to see Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown, the thirty-two-year-old’s star-studded new tour to celebrate the 300th anniversary of his hometown, New Orleans. While it was my first time seeing Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews in concert, I was no stranger to […]

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 […]

Jim Dale’s soporific magic

I’ve always been a big Harry Potter fan, but I never dreamed how much a part of my life Harry would become. When my first son was born, I was in labor for a week and struggling to stay calm. My mom is a psychologist and also does hypnosis (legitimate hypnosis — not making people […]

September/October 2018 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

The following books will receive starred reviews in the September/October 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.   Imagine!; written and illustrated by Raúl Colón (Wiseman/Simon) A Parade of Elephants; written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow) We Don’t Eat Our Classmates; written and illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins (Disney-Hyperion) Dear Substitute; by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick; […]