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March 5, 2015

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A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic

V.E. Schwab is no stranger to writing for young readers. She has published The Near Witch and the Archived novels for teens and the middle grade Everyday Angel series. Last year her adult debut, Vicious, was the top fantasy pick on the RUSA Reading List. A Darker Shade of Magic made February’s Library Reads. It […]

#LastListEgmont: Bree Despain and Anne Bustard are “Fish Out of Water”

#LastListEgmont: Bree Despain and Anne Bustard are “Fish Out of Water”

Today as a part of our weeklong look at #LastListEgmont, authors Bree Despain and Anne Bustard share their stories in a joint interview. Bree: On the surface, our books seem pretty different—Anywhere but Paradise is a middle grade story about a girl who moves to Hawaii in 1960, while my book The Eternity Key is […]

#SVYALit: Survivor Stories and the Decision to Go Public, a guest post by Christa Desir

#SVYALit: Survivor Stories and the Decision to Go Public, a guest post by Christa Desir

Earlier this week, author Laura Ruby wrote a post about survivor stories inspired by her new release Bone Gap. The conversation came in part by this simple question: What do the survivors of sexual violence owe us when they share their stories? The answer of course is nothing, they owe us nothing. Talking about sexual […]

Morning Notes: The Little Prince in 253 Languages Edition

Morning Notes: The Little Prince in 253 Languages Edition

NOIR AND HORROR FOR YOUR KINDERGARTENER Real headline alert! A profile of Jon Klassen. Click here to read. THIS AUTHOR VISIT IS FOR GIRLS ONLY Shannon Hale shares her author visit experiences as a female writer. Eye opening, must read stuff. Click here to read. KIDLIT TRANSLATED On the list of the 50 most translated books, […]

#LastListEgmont: Once Upon an Interview: Sarah Cross and Sarah McGuire Talk Fairy Tales

#LastListEgmont: Once Upon an Interview: Sarah Cross and Sarah McGuire Talk Fairy Tales

As the two authors with fairy-tale retellings on Egmont USA’s Spring 2015 list, Sarah Cross (Tear You Apart) and Sarah McGuire (Valiant) thought it might be fun to interview each other about fairy tales, happy endings, and how they approach their own retellings. The conversation took place in the library of an enchanted castle, over […]

Undead Voting Update: Four Days Left to Make It Happen!

We at the Command Center have been monitoring the Undead poll closely.  Currently, there is a definite leader with 2 or 3 titles closely behind — but the situation can change with a dozen or so votes going a particular way.  It is not that huge a gap between any of the top choices. Which […]

Jem and the Holograms Reboot Lights Up IDW

Jem and the Holograms Reboot Lights Up IDW

IDW Publishing has created a strong relationship with toy manufacturer Hasbro, creating comics with stories that go beyond being glorified advertisements. Transformers, G.I. Joe, and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic are all titles that have grown and evolved past their toys and original cartoons. With such a good track record, it’s no surprise that […]

Serving Full T.I.L.T. : A Teen Services 101 Infographic

Serving Full T.I.L.T. : A Teen Services 101 Infographic

As part of the Serving Full T.I.L.T. series, we wanted to put together an infographic that would put all the information we had gathered into one place that would be easy to use and reference. This is that infographic. The sources for the information are cited below. Sources: YALSA Issue Paper 2011: In their 2007 […]

What Are the Best Literary Apps Available Today?

What Are the Best Literary Apps Available Today?

The question came to me and I admit I was a bit stumped at first.  A colleague was looking for recommendations of the best literary apps for kids.  Put another way, apps with a distinct tie-in to specific children’s books.  So I thought about it. I’ve toyed about with several apps for years.  I could […]

Breaking Barriers: An Interview with the Creators of This One Summer

Breaking Barriers: An Interview with the Creators of This One Summer

Of all the surprises at this year’s Youth Media Awards, none was bigger for me than when This One Summer was announced as a Caldecott Honor winner. Full of stunning illustrations, this book scrapes the top of the Caldecott-eligible age range (0-14) I had a chance to chat with author Jillian Tamaki and illustrator Mariko […]

#LastListEgmont: Authors Ilsa J. Bick and Krista Helvig Discuss Sci Fi

#LastListEgmont: Authors Ilsa J. Bick and Krista Helvig Discuss Sci Fi

Today as part of our look at EgmontUSA’s Last List (#LastListEgmont), author’s Isla J. Bick and Kristi Helvig interview each other about writing sci fi. Ilsa:  You know, Kristi, in thinking about what I wanted to ask, I realized that we have a lot in common, including that we’ve both done sci-fi.  So let’s talk […]

Celebrate Eisner Week With Diverse Graphic Novels

Celebrate Eisner Week With Diverse Graphic Novels

March 1-7 is Will Eisner Week. This week is held to “celebrate graphic novels, sequential art, free speech, and the amazing legacy of Will Eisner, one of the most innovative figures in the history of comics and graphic novels.” Check out the website for more information about how to celebrate the week, as well information […]

Review: The Wild Piano

Review: The Wild Piano

The Wild Piano By Fred Toon Books; $16.95 The second of the late, great French cartoonist Frederic Otohn Aristedes’ Philemon adventures, The Wild Piano, picks up right where Cast Away on the Letter A left off, the pace of the practically random, dream-like events occurring even faster than before, and the nature of those events […]

Cover Reveal – Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat to the Stars

Cover Reveal – Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat to the Stars

It is my infinite pleasure to present to you today a middle grade novel’s cover that amuses me in a way that really speaks to my particular proclivities.  Humor is so subjective.  Still, it is beyond me how anyone could look at this and not be immediately charmed.  And so, ladies and gentlemen, I present […]

2015 Preview Interview: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

2015 Preview Interview: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Seeing as how I can get to the door of Eerdmans Books (located in Grand Rapids, Michigan) from my house in about 25 minutes, it’s a crime that I haven’t done a preview interview with Eerdmans Books president and publisher Anita Eerdmans yet. A crime! Today we rectify that with a talk about recent successes […]

WNDB@BOB

Every year, we pick 16 books to participate in the Battle of the Kids’ Books, and unlike the prestigious award committees that can’t explicitly discuss diversity in terms of their criteria, we actively seek to balance our field in terms of racial and ethnic diversity, genre diversity, diversity of audience (juvenile vs. young adult), and […]

The Special Delivery Original Art Raffle Donate-a-thon

The Special Delivery Original Art Raffle Donate-a-thon

I love this. Philip Stead and Matthew Cordell are doing something cool to celebrate the release of their new book Special Delivery – they’re giving away some original art, drawn by Cordell and based on stamps in Phil’s collection. Donate $10 to a nonprofit to get your name in the hat. Mr. Stead made a […]

Inside and out

Inside and out

Nina Lindsay has a terrific article up at SLJ about this year’s ALA Award winners and What It All Might Mean.  And in my latest editorial, I write about the need to value art from outsiders as well as insiders. Can we have both? Can we HAVE IT ALL?

The post Inside and out appeared first on The Horn Book.

#SVYALit Project: Bone Gap and Survivor Stories, a guest post by author Laura Ruby

#SVYALit Project: Bone Gap and Survivor Stories, a guest post by author Laura Ruby

One of the best books I have read in 2015 is the upcoming Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. It is a stunning and haunting look at a world where you can easily fall between the gaps. If hard pressed to come up with a if you like, I would say that this is reminiscent of […]

Middle Grade Monday: Funny Cats and Crooks, Mary Amato and Peter Jennings (#LastListEgmont)

Middle Grade Monday: Funny Cats and Crooks, Mary Amato and Peter Jennings (#LastListEgmont)

Mary Amato and Patrick Jennings are each celebrating the release of new, humorous chapter books. Jennings’ Hissy Fitz is out now; Amato’s Good Crooks Book 3: Sniff a Skunk will be out on April 28, 2015. The authors, who have never met, finally get the chance to chat here. AMATO: Patrick, I “get into character” […]