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If you have the opportunity to see Elizabeth Acevedo speak, go. I was lucky enough to attend two of her events as the inaugural Gwen Ifill Mentor-in-Residence at Simmons University last week, and I still can’t get enough.* (And that’s in addition to hearing her Fiction & Poetry Award acceptance speech at the 2018 BGHB […]

Week in Review, February 11th – 15th

This week on… February 2019 issue of Notes from the Horn Book: #5Q for Claire Hartfield, intermediate/middle-school nonfiction for Black History Month, picture books that model self-love, community, and pride for very young children of color, out-of-the-ordinary YA love stories whose teen protagonists defy cosmic forces to be together Reviews of the Week: Picture […]

All a-Twitter 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day! What might characters of children’s and YA lit tweet to their valentines? We’ve got some ideas! See if you can guess who’s tweeting to whom — and feel free to add your own sweet kidlit tweets in the comments. @PianoHazel: @ArchitectJames: You’re everything to me. Reply from @Aphrodite: Aww, humans! @HesAKeeper: @LighthouseLady […]

February Notes from the Horn Book newsletter

Notes from the Horn Book subscribers are receiving our February issue right…about…now. In this month’s newsletter we interview 2019 CSK Author Award winner Claire Hartfield about A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919. You’ll also find more intermediate/middle-school nonfiction for Black History Month picture books that model self-love, community, and pride for […]

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah: Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour

Welcome to the first stop on the 2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour! Author Emily Jenkins and illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky were kind enough to answer my questions about All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah (Schwartz & Wade/Random), this year’s Gold Medal winner in the Younger Readers category. All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah is a meticulously researched, beautifully written […]

Week in Review, February 4th – 8th

This week on… All-ALAYMA-all-the-time edition of The Horn Book Herald: 5Q for Newbery Medalist Meg Medina, reviews of the 2019 winners, history (and critique) of the awards, and more interviews with the award-winning authors and illustrators Preview the March/April 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine From the January/February 2019 issue: “Happy Anniversary: I’ll […]

2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award blog tour

Excited about this year’s Sydney Taylor Book Award winners? If so, watch this space — and these other spaces — February 10 through 14. The Sydney Taylor Book Award blog tour kicks off on Sunday, with various blogs interviewing the creators of the winners and honor books. Here at Out of the Box, Sydney Taylor Book […]

Week in Review, January 28th – February 1st

This week on… The 2019 Youth Media Awards were announced at ALA’s midwinter meeting in Seattle on Monday, January 28th! See how the Horn Book reviewed the winning titles. Starred reviews coming in the March/April 2019 Horn Book Magazine Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Found. by Jeff Newman; illus. by Larry Day Fiction: Inventing Victoria […]

Happy World Read Aloud Day

…one of our favorite days of the year! To help you celebrate, here are some recommended books, Horn Book Fanfare 2018 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners 2019 ALAYMA winners Board Book Roundup: Treasure Hunting in the Public Library by Julie Roach (September/October 2018 Magazine) The 2019 Robin Smith Picture Book Prize by Dean Schneider […]

Week in Review, January 21st – 25th

This week on… Calling Caldecott reveals the results of its 2019 Mock Caldecott ballot! Walter Wick Talks with Roger January 2019 Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: general knowledge, exploring our oceans, weather and climate, graphic biographies and memoirs Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer; […]