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Yuyi Morales 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 Emigrating from Mexico to the United States in 1994, Yuyi Morales returned twenty years later. And in Dreamers, she tells a story based on that first journey, when she (and […]

Week in Review, August 13th – 17th

This week on hbook.com… Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Stop, Go, Yes, No!: A Story of Opposites by Mike Twohy Fiction: The Itchy Book [Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!] by LeUyen Pham Nonfiction: The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs: The Story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation by Kate Messner; illus. by Matthew […]

Gendered reading and audiobooks

My daughter became a bookworm this year, reading middle grade novels by Carl Hiaasen, Kate Beasley, Robert Beatty, and Erin Entrada Kelly. She read before bed, and while eating breakfast and brushing her teeth. When she finished a book, she’d pass it along to me, and we’d discuss it. I felt excited about this new […]

Do we need another hero?

The plan to create a new Oscar for “outstanding achievement in popular film,” meaning, it seems, superhero movies and action films, has me thinking about what that would look like in children’s books. Although the Academy doesn’t seem to have worked out just how the new award will work, it’s designed to reward excellence in […]

Week in Review, August 6th – 10th

This week on hbook.com… From the July/August 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “From The Guide: Summer of Change” August 2018 Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: 5Q for Sergio Ruzzier on The Party and Other Stories [Fox + Chick] plus more uncommon graphic novels for beginners, picture-book bios of groundbreaking women in STEM, […]

Five questions for Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick

In new picture book Dear Substitute (Disney-Hyperion, 4–7 years), a little girl arrives at school to find her regular teacher out sick (“Dear Substitute, / Wow. This is a surprise. / What are you doing here?”). She works through the disorientation of her disrupted routine through a series of free-verse letters that are sometimes poignant, […]

August 2018 Horn Book Herald: Back-to-School Edition

Welcome to our back-to-school issue of The Horn Book Herald, in which we chat with Dear Substitute co-authors Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick, recommend new books for students of all ages as well as essential reading for parents and teachers, and take a break from the school-day grind with pleasure reading and extracurricular activities. […]

Illustrators — finally!

“Illustrators — finally! Authors get all the credit for everything!” said my eight-year-old when I told him I was going to be spending time with a few. On Friday, July 27, I was invited to Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA, by the incomparable Kim Parker [NB: every parent, teacher, librarian, administrator, person who cares […]

Five Questions for Sergio Ruzzier

The Party and Other Stories [Fox + Chick] (Chronicle; 5–8 years) stars two friends whose relationship isn’t always so smooth. It looks like a picture book from the outside, but simply structured panels and spare, repetitive text make it work just as effectively as an easy reader and an introduction to the conventions of graphic […]

“Where y’at, Shorty!”

At 5 o’clock on Saturday, I headed down to Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Boston’s waterfront to see Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown, the thirty-two-year-old’s star-studded new tour to celebrate the 300th anniversary of his hometown, New Orleans. While it was my first time seeing Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews in concert, I was no stranger to […]