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Jason Reynolds at Temple Kehillath Israel

Hearing Jason Reynolds speak is a bit like listening to spoken-word poetry, as Cindy and I discovered at last Wednesday’s event at Temple Kehillath Israel*, sponsored by Brookline Booksmith. The hugely prolific, award-winning middle-grade and YA author said he would tell us the story of how he got where he is today, and did so […]

Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World

I saw the cover and a single preview page of Christy Hale’s Water Land online and thought gleefully (and a little smugly) to myself that Hale probably had no idea she’d put together a perfect Montessori picture book. It’s just like our Water and Land Forms! Simple! Elegant! Clean! If only she knew! Once I finally pored […]

Bearing witness

“It is amazing that art could come from such unimaginable atrocity, that writers have found so many different forms — fiction, memoir, poetry, history, even comic strip — to bear witness. These authors have found a form to give voice to the unspeakable.” — Hazel Rochman I was planning to post a response to last […]

Week in Review, October 15th – 26th

This week (and last week!) on hbook.com… We won a prize! October 2018 Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book: Election Day 2018, Empowering Girls and Women, Promoting Tolerance, Plagues and Medical Breakthroughs Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: A Gift from Abuela by Cecilia Ruiz; illus. by the author; and Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger; illus. […]

Yes, kids CAN!

I am so in awe of the twenty-one young people, ages eleven to twenty-two, suing the Federal Government in order to recognize and address the looming crisis of climate change for a better future (or for even a future). The Juliana v. U.S. trial was set to begin next Monday, October 29 — and has […]

The Great American Read – revealed!

Earlier this week, PBS and WGBH (our local PBS station!) announced the results of its 2018 Great American Read: “To Kill a Mockingbird was voted by viewers as America’s #1 best-loved novel in The Great American Read.” Here’s more from The Horn Book about this American classic: A Second Look: The Long Life of a Mockingbird […]

Hawk Rising

If the flight of a hawk is poetry in motion, then this book is, too. Author Maria Gianferrari provides the poetry, and illustrator Brian Floca provides the hawk in motion. Parallel stories are at work here: Father Hawk hunts, while Mother Hawk stays with their chicks; a human girl, binoculars in hand, observes the hawk, […]

Halloween is happening!

Seven days and counting… You’ve got the costumes (made the costumes? kudos!); you’ve decorated the house with ghosts and ghouls; and you’ve got the candy (you’ll probably need to restock by next Wednesday night — let’s be real). Now gather some literary treats courtesy of Horn BOO! It’s the Horn Book’s annual round-up of recommended […]

Hither and Yon

There’s a world outside of Yonkers, Barnaby, and I’ve recently visited kidlitwomen* and Calling Caldecott, talking, coincidentally (I think), about gender. I hope I did so with more understanding than the White House seems to have, although, let’s be real, that’s quite a low bar. Also elsewhere was our Elissa, attending a story hour hosted […]

They Say Blue

Have you noticed? This is a powerhouse year for the Caldecott. We are seeing so many spectacular books worthy of Caldecott recognition — and many are illustrated by women. Jillian Tamaki’s They Say Blue is one of those extraordinary picture books. Although we know Tamaki’s work from of the Caldecott Honor-winning graphic novel This One Summer, They Say Blue is her first picture book […]