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The Horn Book's blogs include Read Roger, Out of the Box, Calling Caldecott, and Lolly's Classroom. You can follow them all here, or individually via each blog's own URL and/or RSS feed.

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 […]

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo at Cambridge Public Library

Yesterday the Cambridge (MA) Public Library hosted a VIP visitor — Loida Garcia-Febo, President of the American Library Association. Garcia-Febo is on a tour throughout the year visiting six libraries across the country to discuss her message “Libraries = Strong Communities.” In the Curious George room of the Children’s Library, Garcia-Febo met with students from […]

The View from Robin’s Rocking Chair

Robin Smith, my wife, co-founded Calling Caldecott, and when she died last year, I knew that each fall would have me wondering which current picture books Robin would love most. The way I decide is to think of Robin’s rocking chair, painted in vivid reds and yellows and greens by Alabama outsider artist Chris Clark […]

2018 Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards Honorable Mention

The Horn Book is pleased to announce that our May/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Making a Difference won a 2018 Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards Honorable Mention citation, “celebrating uncompromising journalism and gorgeous design” (B2B — Full Issue — Education/Public Works category). Much of that issue’s content is up on our website — […]

Boston Book Festival 2018 — Happy with Horn Book-ers

We always enjoy attending the Boston Book Festival (and thank you to the Boston Globe for sponsoring our booth!). The festival was celebrating its tenth year at Copley Square; its second in East Boston; and its first in Roxbury, in partnership with the Boston Public Library, the Roxbury Cultural District, and (Friend of The Horn […]

Julián Is a Mermaid

If the Caldecott Medal is for a book that, among its other qualities, “provides children with an essentially visual experience,” then I hope the 2019 Caldecott Committee is taking a good long look at Julián Is a Mermaid, written and illustrated by Jessica Love. With a text just shy of ninety words, the book’s thirty-two pages […]

Meet our fall 2018 interns!

Every semester, we ask our interns to tell us a little about themselves. (Our ulterior motive: we want to chat with them about their favorite books!) Meet our editorial interns Jeannie and Rachel, both of whom are a huge help to us — especially last week as we prepared for the 2018 BGHB Awards ceremony! […]

A House That Once Was

How do you feel when a multi–Caldecott Honor winner creates a Caldecott-worthy book? Personally, I go through a series of different stages. You know. Denial. Morbid curiosity. Conversion. Proselytizing. At least that’s what happened when I took a deep dive into A House That Once Was by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith. As you […]

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2018

National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time for “paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society,” draws to a close this week. For more information and a calendar of events, visit the National Hispanic Heritage Month website. Here are some interviews, recommended books, and articles from […]