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June 30, 2015

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Upcoming: We’ve just put the July/August Horn Book Magazine to bed (with very firm orders to stay there until June 29th). At 176 pages, it is quite the fattest ALA Awards issue we’ve published but it’s what’s on those pages that has me so excited. Because so much of the content is embargoed until after […]

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Starred reviews, July/August Horn Book Magazine

The following books are receiving starred reviews in the July/August issue of The Horn Book Magazine: The Skunk; by Mac Barnett; illus. by Patrick McDonnell (Roaring Brook) Playful Pigs from A to Z; written and illus. by Anita Lobel (Knopf) Wait; written and illus. by Antoinette Portis (Porter/Roaring Brook) Binny in Secret; by Hilary McKay; illus. by Micah Player (McElderry) Lost in NYC: […]

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#winning!

I hope I can say how much I love the 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book winners without anyone inferring my opinions about previous years. While under my strict don’t-ask-don’t-tell relationship with the judges I have no idea why they chose what they did, their choices for the top prizes illustrate three great things about this particular […]

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Judges on their way!

Our  judges (Maeve Visser Knoth, Jessica Tackett MacDonald, and Barbara Scotto as chair) will be meeting this weekend to select this year’s Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners. What will they pick??? (I have no idea.) Katrina Hedeen and I head to New York early next week for the announcement, for which I will be partnered by the […]

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Judges on their way!

Our  judges (Maeve Visser Knoth, Jessica Tackett MacDonald, and Barbara Scotto as chair) will be meeting this weekend to select this year’s Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners. What will they pick??? (I have no idea.) Katrina Hedeen and I head to New York early next week for the announcement, for which I will be partnered by the […]

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What was the address of Greenaway House?

Please join Children’s Books Boston for our second Wicked Boston Children’s Books Trivia Challenge, to be held at M.J. O’Connor’s Back Bay (yes, a BAR) on Monday June 15th at 6:30PM. Jack Gantos will be your host; admission is one sawbuck, cash money, at the door. Sign up here.

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What book will you take to the beach?

In my fantasy world, as I say in my introduction to the Horn Book’s annual summer reading recommendations. kids (and grownups) could read whatever they like while on their break. Wouldn’t that be GREAT? While I remember exhortations from teachers to read over the summer (not like I or probably you needed any encouragement) there were no lists […]

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Connecting the dots

Probably inspired by our seeing yesterday the wonderfully mysterious The Clouds of Sils Maria, I dreamed last night that we received for review a new YA novel that took the form of a high school yearbook. Apparently something very terrible had happened at that school, but the reader had to piece together clues in the text and […]

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Jack and Hazel

Jack and Hazel

WHY I have to go to Chicago to see Jack Gantos when he lives only a mile away from my office is a question I’ll happily ignore to hear his Zena Sutherland Lecture at the Chicago Public Library tomorrow night. Join us if you can; otherwise you can read Jack’s speech in the Horn Book this […]

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Selfie Sweepstakes Reviews: Between the Osprey & the Gar

[As an experiment last fall, I invited self-publishers to submit their best new titles for review. About a dozen heeded the call, and I am reviewing their books in this space.] Between the Osprey & the Gar; written and illustrated by Trahern Cook. Studio Campfire Books, 2014. 32pp. Paper ed. ISBN 978-1500876265. $11.99 As Grandfather tells it, there’s […]

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WTF, ALA?

WTF, ALA?

The new Banned Books Week poster has too many design elements to keep straight, uses a dumb and hard to parse neologism as its main message, and dog-whistles anti-Islamic sentiment with an image of what looks like a woman in a niqab. You had ONE JOB….  

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Selfie Sweepstakes Reviews: Kell and the Detectives

Selfie Sweepstakes Reviews: Kell and the Detectives

[As an experiment last fall, I invited self-publishers to submit their best new titles for review. About a dozen heeded the call, and I am reviewing their books in this space.] Kell and the Detectives; written by Darcy Pattison; illustrated by Rich Davis. Mims House, 2015. 118pp. Trade ed. ISBN 978-1-62944-028-6. $ 21.99; Paper ed. ISBN […]

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Starred reviews, May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine

Starred reviews, May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine

The following books will receive starred reviews in the forthcoming May/June issue of The Horn Book Magazine: It’s Only Stanley; written and illustrated by Jon Agee (Dial). My Bike; written and illustrated by Byron Barton (Greenwillow) . I Yam a Donkey!; written and illustrated by Cece Bell (Clarion). Where is Pim?; by Lena Landström; illus. by Olof Landström; trans. from the […]

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What ELSE do you do?: five questions for T. A. Barron

What ELSE do you do?: five questions for T. A. Barron

Author T. A. Barron instituted the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes in 2000. Named for the author’s mother, the Prize is given annually to fifteen young people “who have made a significant positive difference to people and/or our environment.” Each winner receives $5,000 toward his or her work or higher education. Barron’s latest fantasy […]

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You may be a boy but HEY

You may be a boy but HEY

On my post the other day about gender representation in books, I mentioned as an afterthought the problem wordless picture books present in identifying gender. I thought the topic deserved a post of its own. It’s not some kind of queer-theory intellectual problem, either, as books that don’t identify the gender of its characters play hell with a […]

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2015 Zena Sutherland Lecture by Jack Gantos

2015 Zena Sutherland Lecture by Jack Gantos

Please join us for the 2015 Zena Sutherland Lecture, “A Pair of Jacks to Open,” with Jack Gantos. Friday May 1, Harold Washington Library in Chicago, 7:30PM. The lecture is free but tickets are required.

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Gender by the numbers

Gender by the numbers

A poster in our office lobby for the upcoming Simmons International Women’s Film Forum alerted me to the interestingly low–29%–number of female protagonists in films for children.* I guess it ain’t all Disney Princesses after all. How does this compare with the numbers in books for children? I asked myself. The gender disparity had been on my […]

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Selfie Sweepstakes Reviews: Mary-Ellen O’Keefe’s Word-Speaking Diet

Selfie Sweepstakes Reviews: Mary-Ellen O’Keefe’s Word-Speaking Diet

[As an experiment last fall, I invited self-publishers to submit their best new titles for review. About a dozen heeded the call, and I am reviewing their books in this space.] Mary-Ellen O’Keefe’s Word-Speaking Diet; written by Tom Neely; illustrated by Sharad Kumar. Tom Neely, 2014. 36pp. ISBN 978-1502-44425-7. Paper ed. $9.97. Mary-Ellen has always been a […]

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Selfie Sweepstakes Reviews: Bandits Peak

Selfie Sweepstakes Reviews: Bandits Peak

[As an experiment last fall, I invited self-publishers to submit their best new titles for review. About a dozen heeded the call, and I am reviewing their books in this space.] Bandits Peak; by Chris Eboch. Pig River Press, 2015. 173pp. ISBN 0-978-0692346006. Paper ed. $9.99 Jesse is out for a wander in the wilderness he loves […]

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A Lovely Night

A Lovely Night

We saw the new Cinderella last night and you should see it too. What I loved most was that it was genuinely a children’s movie. While Cate Blanchette as the stepmother and Helena Bonham-Carter as the fairy godmother were on hand to provide some camp (and there was a PG-pushing plethora of men in tights), neither […]

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