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Week in Review, March 18th – 22nd

This week on… Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour; illus. by Daniel Egnéus Fiction: Internment by Samira Ahmed Nonfiction: Unpresidented: A Biography of Donald Trump by Martha Brockenbrough Poetry: The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog: And Other How-To Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko; illus. by Richard Jones Out […]

Apply for a summer Horn Book internship!

Interested in learning more about the children’s book industry, book reviewing, or how magazines and review journals operate? A Horn Book internship is a great place to start. Our editorial interns are an invaluable help in managing the gazillion books that enter and leave our office (and if the phrase “gazillion books” sounds appealing to […]

“Something’s happening at the library!” in Portland, Maine

I was lucky enough to go on a moms’-overnight to Portland, Maine (with one of the travelers being this wonderful Horn Book contributor). Our hotel, which once housed the Portland Press Herald newspaper office and printing press (so cool!), featured newspaper-headline wallpaper; decorative typewriters everywhere; and printer rollers in the elevator. The bar menus were repurposed […]

Pi Day 2019

Today is Pi Day (get it? March 14? 3/14? 3.14…?). To celebrate, here are two recent picture books about pie (and sharing and social justice and community and…). March being Women’s History Month, check out these two recommended booklists about women in STEM and computing; this Notes from the Horn Book piece highlighting Strong women making an […]

Five questions for Laurie Halse Anderson

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Laurie Halse Anderson’s landmark novel Speak (Farrar, 12–16 years), about Melinda, a teenage rape victim who reclaims her voice. Now in SHOUT (Viking, 14 years and up), the author presents a “poetry memoir” that explores frequently painful events in her own life, her complicated family members’ lives, and […]

Picture-book biographies of pioneering women 2019

March is Women’s History Month, but we believe women’s history and empowerment are important topics to talk about with kids all year long. (And at every age — check out this onesie I was stoked to find for a friend’s baby!) The following recent picture-book biographies of amazing women can be a part of the […]

From the Editor – March 2019

March is Women’s History Month, and we’d like to wish a very happy birthday to KidLitWomen*, a group started in March 2018 by Friends of the Horn Book Grace Lin (read her Magazine article “Speak with Us, Not for Us”) and Karen Blumenthal (read her Calling Caldecott interview with Julie Danielson). We encourage you to […]

New for New Readers: What (Exactly) IS an Easy Reader?

Why are high-quality books for emerging readers so challenging to find? I ask this question as a parent of an emerging reader, as well as in my professional capacity as an elementary school librarian. I’m also asked this same question by teachers, other parents, and professional colleagues. After ruminating about easy readers for years (and […]

It’s a bookend! It’s a snowball flinger!

Stop, you’re both right! #WinterInNewEngland #LibraryKids

Week in Review, March 4th – 8th

This week on… From the March/April 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Table of Contents Editorial: “On Citizenship” by Elissa Gershowitz and Martha V. Parravano “My Characters Don’t Wear Shoes in the House” by Sayantani DasGupta For Paul B. Janeczko: a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye with art by Lynne Rae Perkins Reviews […]