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Week in Review, April 16th-20th

This week on hbook.com… video of “Making a Difference in Our Nation’s Library: An Interview with Dr. Carla Hayden” (text coming in May/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Making a Difference) Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes; illus. by Scott Magoon Fiction: Between the […]

The story on the wall

Seeing the CSK exhibit at the NCCIL is making me remember again the vogue for illustration as fine art we had in the 1980s:  from a baby boom arose lots of picture books, lots of children’s bookstores, and (he gestures vaguely towards) developments in five-color printing that encouraged big, handsome pictures in big, handsome books. And […]

Spring Break (?!) 2018

Though it doesn’t feel much like spring here in Massachusetts (brr!), this is April School Vacation Week. Monday was Patriots’ Day, a state holiday commemorating the Revolutionary War battles of Lexington and Concord; it was also Marathon Monday, and this year’s 122nd Boston Marathon marked five years since that horrible, unforgettable day of the marathon […]

Zena is watching, are you?

I hope you have as good a time watching this interview with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden as I did conducting it. Our conversation will also appear, edited, in the May/June special issue of the Horn Book Magazine, Making a Difference. Carla is one person who certainly has.

Making a Difference in Our Nation’s Library: An Interview with Dr. Carla Hayden

Carla Hayden, the first female and first African American Librarian of Congress, talks with Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton — her library school classmate! — about Bright April, mirror books, and nonpartisanship in the library. From the May/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Making a Difference.

Looking Inward and Out: Michelle Obama at the Simmons Leadership Conference

On April 5, Simmons College hosted its 39th annual Simmons Leadership Conference on the theme “Disrupt the Ordinary.” The culmination of a very impressive lineup of speakers was a concluding discussion between Simmons College President Helen G. Drinan and former First Lady Michelle Obama. The event took place at the Boston Seaport Hotel & World […]

Haiku: A Small Poem with Great Potential

snow melting the village brimming over… with children! –Issa (1763-1828) (translated by David Lanoue) Yes, I was taught that a haiku, a short poem that originated in Japan centuries ago, was supposed to consist of three lines of five, seven, and five syllables. And yes, because of the way haiku have been taught historically, they […]

April 2018 Horn Book Herald: Spring News: Five questions for Margarita Engle

Poet Margarita Engle is the author of poetry collections (Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics), picture-book biographies (Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music; The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano), memoir (Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings), and works of historical fiction (Lion Island, Silver People, Hurricane Dancers, The […]

Texas Time

What a wonderful time Richard and I had in Abilene! We were at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (still jeez to the name, but I did learn its acronym is pronounced nickel and not ‘encil) to see a wonderful show, and quite a haul of original art from Coretta Scott King Award winners […]

Jillian Tamaki Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by While Jillian Tamaki won a Caldecott Honor in 2015 for This One Summer, written by her cousin Mariko Tamaki, there is still plenty of debate over whether that graphic novel […]