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Week in Review, November 12th – 16th

This week on hbook.com… From the November/December 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: "The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: Spotlight on LGBTQ+ Stories" by Madeline Tyner From The Guide: "We Need Middle-Grade LGBTQ+ Books" November's Notes … [Read More...]

RIP William Goldman

There’s a history in this office of Feelings about The Princess Bride. Some Horn Bookers find it irritating how often people quote it. (I can’t imagine why.) And others believe that this story within a story is a dweam wiffin a dweam. That “Fencing. … [Read More...]

Pie Is for Sharing

Stephanie Parsley Ledyard and Jason Chin's Pie Is for Sharing does that thing picture books are supposed to do — text and art work interdependently. Ledyard's rather philosophical text (an extended musing on the nature of sharing) is given a specific … [Read More...]

Transgender Awareness Week 2018

This week is Transgender Awareness Week, and Transgender Day of Remembrance will be observed next Tuesday, November 20th. We join our trans, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary family members, friends, and neighbors near and far in celebrating the … [Read More...]

The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: Spotlight on LGBTQ+ Stories

This is the third column in a series examining statistics gathered by the newly expanded database of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (a research library of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education). Previous columns (interviews … [Read More...]

Blogs

CaldeNOTT

On Saturday, December 1, Horn Book reviewer and all around Great Guy Thom Barthelmess is going to be leading his annual CaldeNOTT Award discussion here at Simmons, sponsored by the Horn Book and the Center for the Study of Children's Literature. The … [Read More...]

Week in Review

Week in Review, November 12th – 16th

This week on hbook.com… From the November/December 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: "The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: Spotlight on LGBTQ+ Stories" by Madeline Tyner From The Guide: "We Need Middle-Grade LGBTQ+ Books" November's Notes … [Read More...]

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, … [Read More...]

Pie Is for Sharing

Stephanie Parsley Ledyard and Jason Chin's Pie Is for Sharing does that thing picture books are supposed to do — text and art work interdependently. Ledyard's rather philosophical text (an extended musing on the nature of sharing) is given a specific … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

Review of Piecing Me Together audiobook

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson; read by the author Middle School, High School    Recorded Books    Rev. 7/17 5 CDs    5.5 hrs    978-1-5019-9779-2    $51.75 Watson (winner of the 2018 Coretta Scott King Author Award and a 2018 Newbery Honor for this novel) movingly conveys the emotions of her thoughtful, bright, artistic, African American protagonist Jade. Her reading adds depth and intimacy to the conversational, introspective tone of the powerful first-person text. Jade’s navigation … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

Sesame Street app review

Can you tell me how to get to…tons of wonderful educational videos and games for preschoolers? Just like the neighborhood itself, the Sesame Street companion app (Sesame Workshop, 2014; iOS and Android) is the place to be: a free account gives a child access to a large selection of games as well as new and classic (ad-free) video clips from the television show. The home screen offers a handful of featured videos and games. Below that, large icons link to additional videos organized by topic … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

Review of Piecing Me Together audiobook

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson; read by the author Middle School, High School    Recorded Books    Rev. 7/17 5 CDs    5.5 hrs    978-1-5019-9779-2    $51.75 Watson (winner of the 2018 … [Read More...]

From The Guide: We Need Middle-Grade LGBTQ+ Books

Publishers take note. According to Madeline Tyner’s article “The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: Spotlight on LGBTQ+ Stories”: “We received very little LGBTQ+ fiction for middle-grade readers [in … [Read More...]

Review of What Do You Do with a Voice like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

What Do You Do with a Voice like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan by Chris Barton; illus. by Ekua Holmes Primary, Intermediate    Beach Lane/Simon    48 pp. 9/18    … [Read More...]

Books mentioned in the November 2018 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Traci Sorell and Frané Lessac We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, illus. by Frané Lessac, Charlesbridge, 5–8 years. Noticing nature's cycles They Say Blue by Jillian … [Read More...]

Foreseeable futures

Speculative fiction can provide an effective vehicle for authors to comment on and critique the state of our own world. The following new YA novels examine timely social issues in new settings, … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

2018 BGHB celebration roundup

We’re not done celebrating the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards just yet! Here's a roundup of our coverage of the ceremony and reception last Friday; look for more (including the moving and … [Read More...]

2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book ceremony timeline

Did you miss the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards on Friday, October 5th? Just want to relive the excitement of the ceremony? We’ve compiled a timeline of the evening’s highlights based on tweets by our … [Read More...]

BGHB18 Slideshow

The 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards were presented on Friday, October 5, 2018, at Simmons College. The ceremony was inspiring, surprising, and cathartic (what a week it was) due to the moving … [Read More...]

Interviews

Five questions for Traci Sorell and Frané Lessac

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac (Charlesbridge, 5–8 years), is a lushly illustrated, through-the-seasons look at a contemporary Cherokee community's daily … [Read More...]

Erin Entrada Kelly 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 In You Go First, 2018 Newbery medalist … [Read More...]

Five questions for Kate DiCamillo

Fans of Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale will remember Louisiana Elefante as the perceptive friend (and orphaned daughter of trapeze artists) who reassures the others: “We’ll rescue each other.” In … [Read More...]

Kiersten White 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 You might not remember Elizabeth … [Read More...]

Jennifer A. Nielsen 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 Although Jennifer A. Nielsen has … [Read More...]

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