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From the Editor – August 2018

It’s still summer, and we all should remain as relaxed as possible, so let me just take a moment to happily acknowledge how relaxed everybody is getting about book boundaries, especially when it comes to a book for beginning readers. As Shoshana and Cindy ask of Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories in […]

Week in Review, July 30th – August 3rd

This week on hbook.com… Preview September/October 2018 Horn Book Magazine Table of Contents and starred reviews Sarah Crossan Talks with Roger “The first week of August hangs at the very top of the summer…” Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Jerome by Heart by Thomas Scotto; illus. by Olivier Tallec; trans. from the French by […]

Preview September/October 2018 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art from She Made a Monster by Lynn Fulton, illustration copyright 2018 by Felicita Sala. Jacqueline Woodson’s 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award acceptance speech. A profile of Jacqueline Woodson by Deborah Taylor. “Devoted to Diversity”: Shoshana Flax on publishers and imprints with a focus on diverse representation. Board Book Roundup: Julie Roach on new […]

Week in Review, July 23rd – 27th

This week on hbook.com… From the July/August issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards: 2018 Mind the Gap Awards: The books that didn’t win at ALA Reflections on Black Children’s Literature: A Historical Perspective by Jonda C. McNair Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh Fiction: Front Desk […]

2018 Mind the Gap Awards: The books that didn’t win at ALA

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. The books that didn’t win. Shuttered Windows by Julia Denos, illus. by E. B. Goodale Silenced The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy, illus. by Eugene Yelchin Cracked Egg by Kevin Henkes Rained out A Perfect Day by Lane Smith Derailed Clayton Byrd […]

Reviews of 2018 Mind the Gap Award winners

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. Our annual Mind the Gap Awards pay tribute to our favorite books that didn’t win. Here’s how we reviewed our 2018 winners. Windows by Julia Denos; illus. by E. B. Goodale Preschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 10/17    978-0-7636-9035-9    $15.99 “At the end of the day, before […]

International Sand Sculpting Festival

On Saturday afternoon, I visited the 15th annual International Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach, MA (also known as America’s First Public Beach!). A striking centerpiece paid homage to this year’s theme: “Celebrating Literacy.” Can you name all the kidlit references in this amazing sand creation? And for a bonus round: Can you name the […]

Week in Review, July 16th – 20th

This week on hbook.com… Two archival Horn Book Magazine articles available online for the first time: “Confronting the Ovens: The Holocaust and Juvenile Fiction” by Eric A. Kimmel (from the February 1977 issue) — which was cited in Ruth Franklin’s recent New Yorker article “How Should Children’s Books Deal with the Holocaust?” “Mocking Moscow” by […]

Week in Review, July 9th-13th

This week on hbook.com… From the July/August 2018 The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards: 2017 in Review: The Year in Words by Monica Edinger and Roxanne Hsu Feldman 2017 in Review: The Year in Pictures by Julie Danielson and Travis Jonker An Interview with Denene Millner by Kim Parker and Elissa Gershowitz Jason […]

An Interview with Denene Millner

In 2016 Chicago-based Agate Publishing announced the launch of a new line under its Bolden Books imprint dedicated to the work of African American authors. Writer, editor, journalist, and founder of the parenting website MyBrownBaby.com, Denene Millner began her eponymous imprint at Agate as “a love letter to children of color who deserve to see […]