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Devil in the details

The July 23rd issue of the New Yorker includes an article about the Holocaust in children’s literature, and particularly the contributions of Jane Yolen in The Devil’s Arithmetic (1988) and her new novel, Mapping the Bones. The article, by Ruth Franklin, makes reference to a contemporary critic of The Devil’s Arithmetic, an  “editor at a […]

What shall they read?

I wanted to call your attention to two articles we have recently published about African American children’s literature. Kim Parker and Our Elissa interviewed Denene Millner about her publishing of instant-landmark Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, and her interest in black everyday life stories. Children’s literature professor Jonda McNair politely raised an eyebrow at […]

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 […]

Mr. Slinger wows again

Recently I had a little talk with my two four-year-old grandchildren. All talks with four-year-olds are by definition little. Preschoolers aren’t ready for marathon discussions. For one thing, marathon discussions tend to happen late at night when they’re asleep, and for another, their favorite topics don’t support extended discourse. That is, they might be deeply […]

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 […]

She’s no longer a gypsy

Demonstrating that the social pressure to change the names of things is not limited to librarians and Laura Ingalls Wilder, Actors’ Equity has announced that the legendary “Gypsy Robe” has been renamed the “Legacy Robe.” (Sound familiar?) The Gypsy Robe referenced neither actual Roma people nor Broadway’s most famous Gypsy (Rose Louise); it is awarded at each […]

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 […]

One of these things is not like the others

ALA’s latest elucidating Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights‘ Article VI (“Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use”) has it in hot water. In this revision of […]

From Pencil to Page: Sketches and Illustrations by Grace Lin

The weekend before last, my family and I attended the family-friendly opening reception of Grace Lin’s exhibit “From Pencil to Page: Sketches and Illustrations” at the Pao Arts Center, part of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center. Grace’s Ling & Ting early readers are favorites in my house, as is Starry River of the Sky, which […]