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Counting on You

Jason Low has announced that the Diversity Baseline survey is back. Publishers, book reviewers, agents (now with agents!) please join in. If the numbers are better than they were five years ago (and I suspect they are), the first iteration of this survey should be credited with some of that success.

Two great ladies

This Thursday at 3:00PM, I’ll be interviewing Ilene Cooper about her latest book, Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter for Justice. Sponsored by the Junior Library Guild (for which Eleanor served as a board member!), the webcast is free but you need to sign up here. Ilene and I go way way back, but I promise we’ll spare […]

January/February starred reviews

The following books will receive starred reviews in the January/February 2019 issue of the Horn Book Magazine. Also in the January issue will be the annotated list of Fanfare 2018. Found; by Jeff Newman; illustrated by Larry Day (Simon). The Bell Rang; written and illustrated by James E. Ransome (Dlouhy/Atheneum). Good Boy; written and illustrated by Sergio […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2018

Below is Fanfare, a list of the books that the Horn Book editors and reviewers have selected as the best of the year. The complete list with annotations will be published in the December issue of Notes from the Horn Book and in the January/February issue of the Horn Book Magazine. Happy reading! Picture Books Hello […]

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 […]