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A book for small hands

I’ve been following the criticism of Scholastic’s biography of Trump for younger children, President Donald Trump, with interest but I only got a hold of a copy today, and thank you, Scholastic, for sharing it. By Joanne Mattern and illustrated with photographs, President Donald Trump is in the Rookie Biography series published by Children’s Press, a […]

The March March

In Jane Langton’s 1984 novel The Fragile Flag (sequel to the better-known The Fledgling) nine-year-old Georgie leads what eventually becomes a march of 16,000 children on Washington in the name of disarmament. It works, so take a hint, America. Kitty Flynn has compiled a directory of Horn Book recommended books on the subject of social activism and […]

#metoo

Yes, but not my point: Sarah Hamburg has suggested I send you over to Anne Ursu’s thoughts on sexual harassment in the children’s book industry. Certainly, if anyone thought the land of bunny-eat-bunny escaped the abuses of sex and power endemic to American culture, they’re not paying attention! I find Anne’s points about conference behavior particularly […]

Roger did NOT talk with Sarah Pieters

…because she’s not a real person. Those amazing photos are by and of Kitty Flynn, who we would NOT mess with, with that thousand-yard stare. Happy April Fools’ Day! We were inspired for this year’s joke by the work of the late Peter D. Sieruta, whose April Fools’ Day pranks had bite and whose Horn […]

On “Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader” (from 2001)

One of our most popular handouts at conferences and meetings has always been Dean Schneider and Robin Smith’s brilliant, biting “Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader“(from the March/April 2001 issue of The Horn Book Magazine). Times may have changed somewhat — “#2. Put a TV or computer in every room. Don’t neglect the […]

Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader

Click here to download Dean Schneider and Robin Smith’s classic how-(NOT)to… From the March/April 2001 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Save

Presidents’ Day + Snow Day = President Snow Day

Today some people are celebrating Presidents’ Day while others are observing “Not My President’s Day.” Because there’s still snow on the ground where we are (and for no other reason!), here are some recommended books and articles about: U.S. presidents, snow, YA dystopian literature, activism, and Hunger Games fandom. Save

Just in time for Presidents’ Day!

I was wondering over on Facebook last week about what a series biography of our 45th president might look like, and my prayers have been answered. AS IF. But there is a new biography of Trump and I thought you all would want to know about it. Written by Diane Marczely Gimpel and published by […]

Crawl into a cave with a book, maybe?

Over on the Horn Book’s Family Reading blog, Kitty and Elissa are inviting you to share your stories about and strategies for helping children through what promises to be a difficult time for our country. Also see our latest booklist, “Making a Difference,” for some inspiration. I won’t pretend that I can think of anything […]

The next great American theme park?

The Hunger Games is being made into a theme park. Amazon is opening a brick-and-mortar book store. It seems certain that the apocalypse is nigh. Before that happens, though, I have some ideas for kid’s-book-based theme parks, too: Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet This park is particularly interactive because the price of admission is a loved […]