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What lies beneath

Pursuant to that Trump biography, over on Facebook Sarah Hamburg told me about a really perceptive article about biographies for young people. “George Washington and Slavery: Going Beyond Picture Books to Teach About Our Flawed Founders,”* written by my erstwhile Child_Lit colleague Ebony Elizabeth Thomas along with James Joshua Coleman and Lindsay R. Cicchino, asks–and […]

A book for small hands

I’ve been following the criticism of Scholastic’s biography of Trump for younger children, President Donald Trump, with interest but I only got a hold of a copy today, and thank you, Scholastic, for sharing it. By Joanne Mattern and illustrated with photographs, President Donald Trump is in the Rookie Biography series published by Children’s Press, a […]

What ELSE do you do?: Five questions for Elizabeth Law

Elizabeth Law, currently Backlist Editor for Holiday House, and I have been fast friends since we met in 1980 in Zena’s children’s lit class at the University of Chicago. But in addition to her deep knowledge of and passion for children’s books, Elizabeth goes to the theater more often than any human being on the […]

A new journal!

Here’s a welcome and link to the new kid on the block, Research on Diversity in Youth Literature, coedited by Sarah Park Dahlen and Gabrielle Atwood Halko. RDYL is a “peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal,” meaning it is an academic journal that everyone can read for free. The debut number contains five meaty essays touching upon […]

July/August starred reviews, Horn Book Magazine

  The following books will receive starred reviews in the July/August 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: A Big Mooncake for Little Star; written and illustrated by Grace Lin (Little, Brown) They Say Blue; written and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki (Abrams) Blue Rider; written and illustrated by Geraldo Valério (Groundwood) Rebound; by Kwame Alexander; illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile […]

BGHB announced tomorrow!

Don’t forget to tune in to the Horn Book’s Facebook page tomorrow at noon, when the Globe’s Emily Procknal and I will be on Facebook Live announcing the winners of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. In hopes that the broadcast will not be unintentionally hilarious, Em and I are having breakfast tomorrow to make sure […]

Trivia time!

Bon vivant Jack Gantos will again host Children’s Books Boston’s annual trivia night, this year on Monday, June 11, 6:00-9:00PM at the Brahmin, 33 Stanhope St (off Clarendon near Back Bay Station). Fifteen bucks cash only at the door, RSVP here by June 4th.

The Best Man

I was very sad to get the news that Richard Peck died late last night after a long illness which, goodness, did he battle! He spent his last year doing everything he loved the best, almost all of which involved great feats of travel. Horn Book articles by and about this inimitable writer (I think […]

Horn Book summer reading

Our recommended books for summer are here; may you and yours find among them choices for true free reading. For my own, I’m finishing Susie Steiner’s Missing, Presumed and see that there is a sequel. It’s a start. You?

BGHB announcement May 31st

The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee (Liz Phipps Soeiro, Minh Lê, and our own Katie Bircher as chair) is meeting soon to make their final choices. Here’s the plan the Globe and the Horn Book have cooked up to announce them. On Thursday, May 31st, Emily Procknal, President of the Boston Globe Foundation, and I will […]