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April 16, 2014

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Moving moments No. 1

As we (WE?, the staff snarks) pack up the offices for our move at the end of this month, it’s just one madeleine after another as old toys and treasure unveil themselves from the shadowed recesses, bringing with them the little joies and horreurs of années passées. Martha uncovered this copy of Magid Fasts for Ramadan, […]

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Moving moments No. 1

Moving moments No. 1

As we (WE?, the staff snarks) pack up the offices for our move at the end of this month, it’s just one madeleine after another as old toys and treasure unveil themselves from the shadowed recesses, bringing with them the little joies and horreurs of années passées. Martha uncovered this copy of Magid Fasts for Ramadan, […]

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Art and artists

Art and artists

Our special issue about illustration is out (and handsome and helpful, we hope). That’s Grace Lin’s desk on the cover; inside, a baker’s dozen of illustrators write about their favorite mediums, from pencil to pixels to paint to thread (Salley Mavor). We have also gone into the wayback machine to bring you in digital form […]

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My sister AND my daughter

My sister AND my daughter

Over on child_lit, Cheryl Klein has been asking for titles of books with big reveals, the ones with a surprise that make you rethink the whole thing. Like Gone Girl, The Thief, and most of Robert Cormier. I contributed Gene Kemp’s The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler, the 1977 Carnegie-winning title about an obstreperous but […]

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“Why did THAT book win?”

“Why did THAT book win?”

While it was more often a question of “why did that book LOSE?” (Martha, above, is expressing her incredulity at the ALA shutout of The Thing About Luck) the discussion at last night’s Children’s Books Boston panel about awards was lively. Cindy Ritter has a full recap over at Out of the Box. And: I […]

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Two reminders

Make sure you’re in attendance at Lolly’s Classroom, which today takes on the topic of book reports that are a) fun for kids and b) not too much work for Teacher. Also, I hope you can come to our Children’s Books Boston event tomorrow night (rescheduled from last week), where I’m joined by Martha Parravano, […]

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Children’s Books Boston event tonight postponed

Our event “Why Did THAT Book Win?” a panel discussion scheduled for tonight at Simmons College at 6 is being postponed due to the weather. Stay home and read a good book.  The event will take place NEXT Thursday, February 20th, same time, same place. We will send out a new invitation tomorrow, and I […]

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Lolly’s new blog

Lolly’s new blog

The bell has rung at Lolly’s Classroom, so go on over for some talk about real books in real classrooms with real kids. In addition to her work here as our designer and production manager, Lolly Robinson teaches teachers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This year she has enrolled her students and former […]

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Priests in Space

For my reviewing class at Simmons, I’m having the students read and review an adult book chosen by their classmates after each made a dark confession: Student: I hate chicklit! Class: you’re reading Sophie Kinsella! A bit sadistic, I guess, but the idea was to get us all out of our comfort zones and also […]

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Horn Book Magazine March/April starred reviews

The following books will receive starred reviews in the March/April 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine (and don’t forget it’s a special one): My Bus; written and illustrated by Byron Barton (Greenwillow) Caminar; by Skila Brown (Candlewick) The Children of the King; by Sonya Hartnett (Candlewick) The Cracks in the Kingdom [Colors of Madeleine]; by Jaclyn Moriarty (Levine/Scholastic) Firefly July: A Year of Very […]

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Don’t forget the chocolate sprinkles!

Don’t forget the chocolate sprinkles!

Last night I dreamed that Arthur A. Levine Books (of Harry Potter fame) was publishing a young readers’ edition of The Sensuous Woman, a sex manual published in ’69 (heh) by a “liberated woman” known only as “J” who taught women how to please their man and–and this was revolutionary–themselves. My dream makes sense in […]

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We’ll never know

We’ll never know

 . . . but that won’t stop speculation. While the winners (and honor books) of ALA’s Newbery and Caldecott Awards posed no surprises in themselves, everyone wants to know what happened to Mr. Tiger. As Calling Caldecott blogger Robin Smith sensibly says, it’s likely that the committee simply found four other books it liked more. […]

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Off to Philly

Off to Philly

Galloping off to ALA this weekend and hope to see some of you there. Hard to say exactly when I’ll be around the booth (#518) but lunchtime Saturday and Sunday seem the likeliest times. Bring snacks! And if I’m not there, introduce yourself to the charming Katrina Elmer, who will have you signed up for […]

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The 2014 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

The 2014 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

The 2014 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Kirkpatrick Hill for Bo at Ballard Creek, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

We’re moving!

We’re moving!

As of the beginning of April, the editorial office of the Horn Book and all its resident oompa-loompas will be moving to 300 The Fenway, Boston MA, 02115. Sharp-eyed readers will recognize the address as also being that of Simmons College, and we are delighted to be renting an office suite just down the hall […]

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What about BoB?, 2014 edition

What about BoB?, 2014 edition

The Battle Commanders have announced the contenders for SLJ’s Battle of the Books, which will itself commence–when? March-ish? It’s a good list, and brave, I think, of the Commanders to make their selections before the ALA awards show up to toss egg in everyone’s faces. While I have no plans to repeat my running commentary […]

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I thought this book was labelled NONfiction

On the dust jacket for Jean Craighead George and Wendell Minor’s Galápagos George, forthcoming from HarperCollins, I see the following statement: “This book meets the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/Science and Technical Subjects.” You big fat liars: Galápagos George, whose virtues are indeed many, does NOT meet the CCSS Standards, because the CCSS […]

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“Take THAT, Dallas Public Library.”

“Take THAT, Dallas Public Library.”

So extemporized Trina Schart Hyman in her 1985 Caldecott acceptance speech, giving the vaffanculo gesture to her critics. Marc Nobleman has collected an entertaining array of children’s writers doing the same (metaphorically) in vivid performances of their worst Amazon reviews. (Kind of shooting fish in a barrel, though. Let’s see ‘em read a slam from […]

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“Kill the she-elf!”

“Kill the she-elf!”

Do we have any actual evidence that Peter Jackson has gone through puberty? Yes, there’s the beard, and the children, but his Tolkien movies all look like they were conceived and directed by a ten-year-old. I only saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on TV but we saw The Desolation of Smowg in all its […]

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A great choice

A great choice

  Kate DiCamillo is a great choice for National Ambassador for Children’s Literature. Personable, thoughtful, respected by critics and loved by young readers.           Her The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane won the 2006 Boston-Globe Horn Book Award; I’ve always thought the only thing that stood between it and Newbery recognition […]

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