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2013 Mind the Gap Awards

WTF, ALA? Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky Too little, too late? Little Dog Lost by Mônica Carnesi Little Tug by Stephen Savage Little White Duck by Na Liu and Andrés Vera Martínez, illustrated by Andrés Vera Martínez Best translation from the original Rabbit Mr. and Mrs. Bunny—Detectives Extraordinaire! […]

Editorial: Common Core Ready?

As with previous educational missions (whole language, multiculturalism) and mandates (No Child Left Behind), the Common Core State Standards are causing a host of interested parties to each consider what its particular piece of the puzzle — 
and the pie — will be. Parents want to know what the CCSS will do for their children; […]

What Makes a Good “Bad” Book?

Trashy books: they’re the ones that cause young patrons to avert their eyes from a librarian (or, better yet, use the self-scan) and hide the dust jackets from their parents. They almost always contain steamy stuff (sex, or at least lust) and, often, controlled substances (booze, drugs, human blood, poisoned donuts…). Wish-fulfillment is common; escapism […]

Review of Better to Wish

Better to Wish [Family Tree] by Ann M. Martin Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    231 pp. 5/13    978-0-545-35942-9    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-545-53926-5    $16.99 The typical historical fiction set during the Great Depression is a story of financial hardship — but it’s not lack of money that’s the issue here, in this first of what will be […]

Preview July/August 2013 Horn Book Magazine

Special Issue: Awards Original cover art by 2013 Caldecott Honoree Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Robin L. Smith, coauthor of the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott blog, looks back at the 2013 Caldecott contenders. Jon Klassen’s Caldecott Medal Acceptance speech. Mac Barnett’s profile of his friend and collaborator, Jon Klassen. Horn Book Magazine executive editor Martha V. Parravano’s […]