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From Pencil to Page: Sketches and Illustrations by Grace Lin

The weekend before last, my family and I attended the family-friendly opening reception of Grace Lin’s exhibit “From Pencil to Page: Sketches and Illustrations” at the Pao Arts Center, part of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center. Grace’s Ling & Ting early readers are favorites in my house, as is Starry River of the Sky, which […]

ALA 2018: So many choices, so little time, wear comfy shoes

ALA is like a Choose Your Own Adventure, with myriad paths to follow. I missed out on a lot (Michelle Obama and Carla Hayden, Trombone Shorty, the sold-out CSK Breakfast — see Martha’s post), but everything I did see left me invigorated and in awe. Saturday morning began with the “Native YA Today: Contemporary Indigenous […]

ALA 2018: The CSK Breakfast

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast is always a memorable, moving, and transformative experience, the best event at ALA Annual — and this year more than ever (or do I say that every year?). The sold-out event (more on that later) began with a slight glitch — there were no microphones on the podia — […]

#ALAAC18 Horn Book Booth 1425

Visit The Horn Book Booth 1425 at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans #ALAAC18! We’ve got posters by Caldecott winner* Matthew Cordell and other goodies. On Monday morning you can pick up your copy of the July/August Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards, including the Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King award speeches. […]

Loving Day 2018

Tuesday, June 12, marked the fifty-first anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark civil rights case that struck down anti-miscegenation laws and legalized interracial marriage. Last weekend the Central Flea outdoor open market in Cambridge, MA, shared its space with the Loving Day Cambridge Block Party. Lots and lots of people were involved in organizing the […]

CBB Trivia Night 2018—or—Lyle, Lyle Bibliophile: We Never Wabered

The venue for the fifth annual Children’s Books Boston Trivia Night, the Brahmin, was new this year. But much was the same: host Jack Gantos and his Gantosian commentary. Silly team names: “TK,” “Where’s Papa Going with That Axe?” And of course, lots of children’s literature professionals muttering, “I should know this!” Elissa and I, […]

Reader Prom + prom reading

Tomorrow evening’s Reader Prom hosted by Porter Square Books looks like so much fun! Join Porter Square Books at the Davis Square VFW for our first ever Reader Prom and Book drive. All the proceeds will go to the Porter Square Books Foundation. Dress up in your finest prom fashion. Bring a copy of your favorite […]

“Garth Williams: Illustrator of the Century” exhibit

Through July 31st, 2018, the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine, is hosting the children’s book exhibit “Garth Williams: Illustrator of the Century.” Curated by none other than children’s literature scholar (and Friend of The Horn Book) Leonard S. Marcus, the exhibit is “by far the largest Garth Williams retrospective ever assembled,” with over one […]

#NESCBWI18 recap

The 2018 New England SCBWI annual conference — with the theme “Dream. Explore. Create.” — was held in Springfield, MA, April 20th–22nd.  I’ve attended this conference most years since 2008, and was aware of some welcome new measures: attendees are now required to read the SCBWI anti-harassment policy before registering, and the (always large and […]

Past, Present & Future of Libraries: A Conversation

A mind-expanding conversation about libraries, past, present, and future — complete with snacks and mojitos — makes for a great start to the workweek. Last night, Libraries Without Borders held a panel discussion fundraiser on the topic “Past, Present & Future of Libraries.” Special guest Matthew Battles, author of Library: An Unquiet History, talked about […]