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BGHB 2021: Watercress

Picture Book week continues in our month-long virtual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebration.   Today, chair Luann Toth introduces the 2021 BGHB Picture Book Honor Book Watercress:   The 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Award for Picture Book is presented to author Andrea Wang and illustrator Jason Chin for...


Watercress is a powerful story about how memory flows between generations through the stories we tell and the experiences we share. Andrea Wang’s artfully restrained text serves the story well, evoking both the suppressed memories of the parents’ generation and the complex emotions roiling within their daughter. This gives illustrator Jason...

Presenting the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners

  On Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 12 pm EDT, Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton announced the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. If you want to relive the excitement, you can watch the archived video here:     2021 BOSTON GLOBE–HORN BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED Prestigious Program...

Review of Watercress

Watercress by Andrea Wang; illus. by Jason Chin Primary    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.    g 3/21    978-0-8234-4624-7    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5054-1    $11.99 Transcending space and time, memories bring a Chinese American family together. A girl in cutoffs and a T-shirt is embarrassed when her parents stop the car to pick wild watercress...

Your Place in the Universe

When my siblings and I were young, my mother ordered Time Life’s A Child’s First Encyclopedia of Learning, a series of books that explored a variety of topics about the natural world. I imagine that she ordered the set to address our seemingly insatiable curiosity about the world in which...

Review of Your Place in the Universe

Your Place in the Universe by Jason Chin; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.    g 9/20    978-0-8234-4623-0    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4878-4    $11.99 The relative sizes of objects can be endlessly fascinating to curious young minds. How many books tall is an eight-year-old? How many eight-year-olds standing on...

Nine Months: Illustrator Jason Chin's 2019 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

When our editor, Neal Porter, came to me with this manuscript a few years ago, I was very excited because it was by Miranda Paul. I read it, and it was terrific. I was all ready to sign up, but then I got scared. I thought, How the heck am I...

Nine Months

Jason Chin, author and illustrator of such excellent science books as Grand Canyon (2017), Island (2012), Coral Reefs (2011), and Redwoods (2009) has a talent for combining story and nonfiction content. The narratives, illustrations, and nonfiction elements always work together, so much so that his books make great read-alouds and the information, woven into the stories,...

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 setting (a lakeside, summertime, community picnic) in Chin's detailed watercolor and gouache illustrations;...

Review of Pie Is for Sharing

Pie Is for Sharingby Stephanie Parsley Ledyard; 

illus. by Jason ChinPreschool, Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    32 pp.5/18    978-1-62672-562-1    $17.99This idyllic, joyously inclusive picture book takes an ordinary concept — 
sharing — and makes it extraordinary. A boy and his family bike to a lakeside picnic, bearing several homemade pies. Then the...

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