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Week in Review, March 11th – 15th

This week on… From the March/April 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: New for New Readers: What (Exactly) Is an Easy Reader? From Out of the Box: “Refugees welcome here”: Booklist and resources to help counter Islamophobia (from 2017) Pi Day 2019 Picture-book biographies of pioneering women 2019 Daylight snoozing time From the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

For Paul Janeczko

Naomi Shihab Nye, helped out by Lynne Rae Perkins, remembers the recently departed Paul B. Janeczko. He will be missed.     For Paul Janeczko, who Changed the World We were set up to do a reading together in Portland, Maine once — HIS TOWN — and the only attendee was a dog. As we […]

Week in Review, February 25th – March 1

This week on… In memoriam: Gregory Maguire remembers his friend, author Jane Langton Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Meet Miss Fancy by Irene Latham; illus. by John Holyfield Fiction: The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman Nonfiction: I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon by Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul; illus. by Elizabeth Zunon Out […]

In Memoriam: Jane Langton

I first met Jane in the spring of 1975. Invited for lunch, I showed up at her beautiful home in Lincoln determined to make a lasting impression. At Harvard Square I had bought the cheapest flowers I could find — daffodils — and I arrived in her kitchen with twelve dozen daffodils. She called into […]

“A Conversation with Ellen Oh” event at Simmons University

Earlier this week, Cindy and I attended a talk at Simmons University by author and anthologist Ellen Oh, cofounder, president, and CEO of We Need Diverse Books. She started her presentation with some of the reasons why We Need Diverse Books, both broad (statistics about POC representation and lack thereof; how exposing all children to […]

Week in Review, February 18th – 22nd

This week on… Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Undocumented: A Worker’s Fight by Duncan Tonatiuh Fiction: Duck & Goose: A Gift for Goose [Step into Reading] by Tad Hills Nonfiction: Let ’Er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People’s Champion by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illus. by Gordon C. James Read Roger: But what IS reality, really? Out […]

Be “the hero and the author” of your story

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 […]