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CaldeNOTT

On Saturday, December 1, Horn Book reviewer and all around Great Guy Thom Barthelmess is going to be leading his annual CaldeNOTT Award discussion here at Simmons, sponsored by the Horn Book and the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. The CaldeNOTT, invented by Thom, applies the Caldecott terms and criteria to books ineligible for […]

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 […]

Friday Night Lights

We held our fiftieth-something Boston Globe Horn Book Awards at Simmons University last Friday night, and if the conversation among the guests was any indication, we had the advantage as a comparison-gainer: “At least something good is happening today!” I’ll post my opening remarks below, and Elissa and Katie will be bringing you highlights throughout […]

Starred reviews, November/December Horn Book Magazine

The following books will receive starred reviews in the November/December 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine:   All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah; by Emily Jenkins; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky (Schwartz & Wade/Random) The Patchwork Bike; by Maxine Beneba Clarke; illustrated by Van Thanh Rudd (Candlewick) Dreamers; written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Porter/Holiday) The Little Barbarian; written and […]

Bring the kids!

I confess I can’t count myself among the fans of Winnie the Pooh, but I urge you all to visit the new Pooh exhibit in the Horn Book’s backyard. For the devout, there are dozens of Shepard’s sketches and illustrations and manuscript pages (and I’m hoping Lolly, who I ran into at the opening party, […]

Hey, You

On Monday, September 10th at 2:00 PM EST, I’ll be interviewing Jarrett J. Krosoczka about his new graphic memoir Hey, Kiddo. Sponsored by Scholastic Press, this edition of Talks with Roger will be webcast live and we’ll even be taking questions from the audience, provided I understand the technology by then. It’s free and you […]

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 […]

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 […]

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; […]

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 […]