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“A Conversation with Ellen Oh” event at Simmons University

Earlier this week, Cindy and I attended a talk at Simmons University by author and anthologist Ellen Oh, cofounder, president, and CEO of We Need Diverse Books. She started her presentation with some of the reasons why We Need Diverse Books, both broad (statistics about POC representation and lack thereof; how exposing all children to […]

Stand Up! with Anastasia Higginbotham at CPL

On Saturday, February 23, author Anastasia Higginbotham was the special guest at the Cambridge Public Library’s Stand Up! Storytime for Social Justice event organized by children’s librarian and Friend of the Horn Book Hillary Saxton. Higginbotham is the author of the Ordinary Terrible Things picture book series, including Death Is Stupid, Divorce Is the Worst, […]

Be “the hero and the author” of your story

If you have the opportunity to see Elizabeth Acevedo speak, go. I was lucky enough to attend two of her events as the inaugural Gwen Ifill Mentor-in-Residence at Simmons University last week, and I still can’t get enough.* (And that’s in addition to hearing her Fiction & Poetry Award acceptance speech at the 2018 BGHB […]

Francie at Frugal

On Saturday, I went to Frugal Bookstore for Francie Latour‘s “Auntie Luce Holiday Book Event.” Francie is the author of Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings, illustrated by Ken Daley (Groundwood), inspired by Haitian artist Luce Turnier (1924-1994). She’s also one half of Wee The People (with Tanya Nixon-Silberg): Wee The People (WTP) is a Boston-based social […]

“Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic” exhibit at the MFA

The Horn Book staff recently visited Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts — just a short walk from our office — to view its new exhibit “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic.” It’s packed with photos, correspondence, preliminary sketches, original art, and other artifacts contemporary to the stories’ creation by author A. A. Milne and illustrator E. H. […]

Jason Reynolds at Temple Kehillath Israel

Hearing Jason Reynolds speak is a bit like listening to spoken-word poetry, as Cindy and I discovered at last Wednesday’s event at Temple Kehillath Israel*, sponsored by Brookline Booksmith. The hugely prolific, award-winning middle-grade and YA author said he would tell us the story of how he got where he is today, and did so […]

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo at Cambridge Public Library

Yesterday the Cambridge (MA) Public Library hosted a VIP visitor — Loida Garcia-Febo, President of the American Library Association. Garcia-Febo is on a tour throughout the year visiting six libraries across the country to discuss her message “Libraries = Strong Communities.” In the Curious George room of the Children’s Library, Garcia-Febo met with students from […]

Boston Book Festival 2018 — Happy with Horn Book-ers

We always enjoy attending the Boston Book Festival (and thank you to the Boston Globe for sponsoring our booth!). The festival was celebrating its tenth year at Copley Square; its second in East Boston; and its first in Roxbury, in partnership with the Boston Public Library, the Roxbury Cultural District, and (Friend of The Horn […]

Boston Book Festival 2018 is this weekend — and looking for volunteers!

Join The Horn Book on Saturday, October 13, for the Boston Book Festival! We’ll be at Copley Square in booth 51, with stickers (Roger’s face!), bookmarks, handouts, and a display of the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award–winning books; there are two additional festival sites — and lots of great events — in East Boston and […]

Mitali Perkins at Belmont Books

I don’t usually fangirl out (though, yes, when I do I go hard). In fact I can be downright mean about books! But last night Martha and I went to Belmont Books to see Mitali Perkins, author of one of my favorites from last year You Bring the Distant Near, and I admit I got […]