June 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

R.I.P. Blanche

I was sad to hear from former Horn Book president Duncan Todd today that Blanche Egersheim, a stalwart of the Thomas Todd Company and the Horn Book for fifty years, died earlier this month at the age of ninety-eight. Blanche was, as then-publisher Anne Quirk wrote upon Blanche’s retirement in 2006, “the Horn Book’s bookkeeper, human […]

There’s only color and light

Today we are meeting with a group of consultants and some of the New York brass to rethink the Horn Book’s digital presence–the website, the Guide Online, maybe the newsletters and e-editions of our print publications. (The Horn Book Guide will be digital-only starting this fall.) I told Lolly I was even open to discussion–well, […]

Need a job?

With the lovely Siân Gaetano departing the Horn Book to become the children’s/YA editor of Shelf Awareness, we have an opening for an editorial assistant. See below. Position:            Editorial Assistant Reports To:       Managing Editor, Horn Book Guide Location:           Boston The Horn Book Guide provides comprehensive coverage of […]

Happy Birthday to Us

Last Sunday marked the hundredth anniversary of the opening of Bertha Mahony’s Bookshop for Boys and Girls, whose “Suggestive Purchase List” begat The Horn Book Magazine and everything else we do today to blow the horn for fine books for youth. Lolly Robinson has given us the extraordinary gift of “The Horn Book’s Virtual History […]

HB NB February

—Elissa and Katie are ransacking the archives to honor Black History Month with an article every day about African American books, authors, and illustrators. Up today, Yolanda Hare’s call for more books about “more black teens living mundane middle-class lives.” –On February 23rd, I’ll be moderating a panel discussion about the ALA awards and children’s […]

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An open letter to the self-published author feeling dissed.

Dear self-published author: I can imagine how frustrating it is to have your book refused possible review coverage by the Horn Book simply because it is self-published. But here is why that situation is unlikely to change anytime soon. If we met at a party or something, I, and I think my colleagues at the […]

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Minding the Gaps, Part II: Highlighting Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Recipients │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

In anticipation for The Horn Book’s “Mind the Gaps” event at Simmons College on October 10, brush up on the winning titles that will be showcased by reading the following booktalks and checking out the resources for teaching them.

Celebrating Titles that “Mind the Gap” at ‘The Horn Book’ at Simmons Event │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

It’s not too late to register for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate this year’s Boston Globe-Horn Book award recipients at the Mind the Gap event at Simmons College on October 10. In the meantime, brush up on the winning titles by reading the following booktalks and checking out the resources for teaching them.

Get Appy

Horn Book reviews have hit the mobile market as Book Verdict, available for free at the iTunes Store. I have just started playing with it but it seems pretty neat: including reviews taken from the Horn Book Magazine and Guide, the app recommends about 10,000 children’s and YA titles published in the last ten years. […]

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Resources for Summer Fiction Reading Lists │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Is there a more wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon than with a pile of amazing books and an icy beverage? Check out the ready-to-use resources in JLG’s Booktalks to Go’s award-winning LiveBinder for incorporating these titles into lessons or booktalks.

Over At the Horn Book

In this blog, I’ve had a several posts about “New Adult,” books aimed at readers over 18. And, at ALA last year, Sophie Brookover, Kelly Jensen, and I conducted a conversation starter about New Adult. Sophie, Kelly, and I recently collaborated on an article about New Adult for the January/February 2014 issue of The Horn Book, […]

Give ’Em Chalk: Hands-On Learning Is Fun and Builds Literacy Skills | Editorial

The most exciting time for a kindergarten teacher is when a kid looks up and says, ‘Hey, I can read!’” Fostering early literacy is the focus of our very first theme issue. We’re also debuting a new look, with some significant improvements to the all-important reviews section.

Bean, Rowell, Byrd win 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

Jonathan Bean’s Building our House, Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park, and Robert Byrd’s Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin have been named the winners of the 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, revealed today at BookExpo America.

Our Bertha

I’m over at Kidlit Celebrates Women’s History Month today,  talking about Horn Book founder Bertha Mahony Miller. See also my review of a new picture book biography of one of Bertha’s great friends, Miss Moore (Thought Otherwise).

Blow My Own Horn!

It’s March, and do you know what that means? It means the March/April 2013 Edition of  Horn Book is available! Making this more exciting than usual, at least for me, is what can be found on page 47: “Reading: It’s More Than Meets The Eye, Making books accessible to print-disabled children” by “Elizabeth Burns.” Yes, […]

Lois Lowry Speaks: How Readers’ Concern for Characters in “The Giver” Turned One Book into a Series of Four

In a live School Library Journal webcast, author Lois Lowry discussed her dystopian classic “The Giver” and how she came to write its recent released follow-up, “Son.”

Pictures of the Week: Vaunda Michaux Nelson and R. Gregory Christie at the Horn Book Colloquium

Author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrator R. Gregory Christie at the Horn Book Colloquium on September 29 at Simmons College in Boston. Their novel, No Crystal Stair (Carolrhoda Lab, 2012), won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction.

2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winners Unveiled

The tale of a little girl who loves to knit, a story about a Harlem book seller, and a book about the life and work of artist Chuck Close are winners of the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards.

Publishing Pros Discuss Kids Books in the Digital Age

When it comes to children’s books, can print survive the digital age? For the immediate future, the answer is yes, say some top publishing professionals who attended the “What Makes a Children’s Book Great?” conference at Scholastic’s headquarters in downtown New York.