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The Horn Book Magazine: January/February 2016

This issue features:

  • Horn Book Fanfare by Horn Book editors: Our choices for the best books of 2015
  • Boston Globe Horn Book Award Gallery 2015: Celebrating the year's winners and honorees
  • "The World that Changes" by Susan Cooper: Horn Book at Simmons keynote address on the theme "Transformations"
  • "Shelf Lives" by Abby McGanney Nolan: From Bookseller to Bestseller
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The Horn Book Magazine: March/April 2019

In this issue:

  • “In the Breaking, Maybe Something Beautiful”: adapted from Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s 2018 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture.
  • Author Sayantani DasGupta explains why her #OwnVoices characters don’t wear shoes in the house.
  • An excerpt from Ebony Elizabeth Thomas’s forthcoming book The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games.
  • New for New Readers: Sylvie Shaffer asks, “What (Exactly) Is an Easy Reader?”
  • First Second editorial and creative director Mark Siegel, himself an author-illustrator, examines graphic novels as collaborative projects.
  • Field Notes: Miriam Lang Budin and Robbin Friedman on reading with incarcerated mothers and their children.
  • Audiobook reviews.
  • Impromptu: Complete list of the 2019 ALA YMA winners and more; and announcement of the May/June 2019 Special Issue: CSK at 50.
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The Horn Book Magazine: May/June 2015

Features:

  • "Hijacking the Pumpkin Coach" by Gregory Maguire: Steering familiar stories in new directions
  • "Book & Me" by Charise Mericle Harper: We debut a new comics series
  • "Apples to Elephants: Artists in Animation" by Besty Bird: Animation skills can - and often do - translate to skills in picture-book illustration.
  • "From Series to Serious" by Thom Barthelmess: A look at four authors whose work includes both mass-market series and literary novels.
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The Horn Book Magazine: May/June 2017

Special Humor Issue

Features:

  • "Say Something Funny": musings of author and accidental humorist Lisa Yee.
  • New Yorker art editor and TOON publisher Françoise Mouly asks, "What's So Funny About Comics?"
  • "Laghter and Resistance": Philip Nel on humor as a weapon in the age of Trump.
  • "Mocking Moscow": author Eugene Yelchin on political jokes in Russia.
  • Lisa Brown looks to the classics in her cartoon "How to Be Funny."
  • Betsy Bird and Julie Danielson remember the late Peter D. Sieruta, the Horn Book's funniest writer.
  • "The Adventures of Baby D": a not-so-heavy-handed cartoon by Raúl the Third.
  • Gail Carriger on "Fashion-Forward Vampires and the Power of Humor in Genre Fiction."
  • Gecko Press publisher Julia Marshall on translating humor.
  • "The Straight Poop on Potty Humor" from Horn Book Family Reading co-parents Elissa Gershowitz and Kitty Flynn.
  • BGHB at 50: Tim Wynne-Jones looks back at the 1980 Picture Book winner, Chris Van Allsburg's The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.
  • From The Guide: "Darkly Funny YA."
  • "Honking the Horn": We asked some children's book creators to tell us a joke. Responses appear through the issue from Ame Dyckman, Alma Fullerton, Daniel Handler, Molly Idle, Dana Alison Levy, Juana Medina, Adam Rex and Christian Robinson, Sergio Ruzzier, Jon Scieszka, Bob Shea, David Ezra Stein, Susan Tan, and Rita Williams-Garcia.
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The Horn Book Magazine: May/June 2018

Special Issue: Making a Difference

Cover by Yuyi Morales.

Carla Hayden, the first female and first African American Librarian of Congress, talks with Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton — her library school classmate! — about Bright April, mirror books, and nonpartisanship in the library.

Jonda C. McNair and Rudine Sims Bishop examine the enduring legacy of The Brownies’ Book, W. E. B. Du Bois’s early-twentieth-century literary magazine for children.

Reach Out and Read cofounder Robert Needlman describes how pediatricians make a difference when they “prescribe” reading, with a look at the program in practice from Diana Palmer.

Serving in WWII, nineteen-year-old Ashley Bryan carried his drawing materials in his gas mask and created art whenever he could. H. Nichols B. Clark provides a curated selection of Bryan’s remarkable wartime sketches and paintings.

 Jon Klassen looks to the late Pat Hutchins’s work to figure out some picture-book how-tos.

The Writer’s Page: Kekla Magoon on heroes who don’t make it into the history books.

“The Book That Changed My Life”: reflections from M. T. Anderson, Derrick BarnesKimberly Brubaker Bradley, Dhonielle Clayton, Candace Fleming, Bob Graham, Deborah HeiligmanKevin Henkes, Naomi Shihab NyeElizabeth Partridge, Celia C.  Pérez, Mitali Perkins, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Joyce Sidman, Roger Sutton, Lauren Wolk, and Eugene Yelchin,

From The Guide: Be an Everyday Un-Hero.

In Memoriam: Susan Cooper remembers Ursula K. Le Guin.

In Memoriam: Richard Michelson remembers Julius Lester.

Impromptu: Books back in print and books by our friends.

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The Horn Book Magazine: November/December 2014

November/December 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. In this issue:

“Does YA Mean Anything Anymore?: Genre in a Digitized World” by John Green
The author’s 2014 Zena Sutherland Lecture.

“Thom’s Rules of Order” by Thom Barthelmess
Ten tips for good book discussion.

“House Hunters: Storyland Edition” by Ron Koertge
In which the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe finds new digs.

Editorial
“Self Service” by Roger Sutton
What self-publishers don’t know about children’s books.

The Writer’s Page
“Beyond the Magically (Dis)abled” by Cammie McGovern
#WeNeedDiverseBooks…about disability.

Field Notes
“What Happened to the Frog?” by Jonathan Hunt
Jon Klassen, Mo Willems, and the Common Core.

From The Guide
“Steampunk for Tweens and Teens”
A selection of reviews from The Horn Book Guide.

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The Inker's Shadow
Say, Allen
Caldecott Medalist, Allen Say, presents a companion to his award-wining Drawing from Memory - the story of his coming-of-age at a military academy and the discovery of what it means to be American



For Allen Say, life as teen in Southern California was a cold existence. His father, one of the leading hamburger salesmen in Japan, ran a booming burger business, much like McDonald's, and sent Allen to an American military academy, so that his son could learn English and "become a success in life."



As the school's first and only Japanese student, he experienced immediate racism among his fellow cadets and his teachers. The other kids' parents complained about Allen's presence at the all-white school. As a result, he was relegated to a tool shed behind the mess hall. Determined to free himself from this oppression, Allen saved enough money to buy a 1946 Ford for $50 - then escaped to find the America of his dreams!



In this follow-up to Drawing from Memory, Allen continues to reinvent himself as an author and illustrator. Melding his paintings with cartoon images and archival photos, Allen Say delivers an accessible book that will appeal to any reader in search of himself.
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The Journey That Saved Curious Geoge - Softcover
Louise W. Borden
In 1940, Hans and Margret Rey fled their Paris home as the German army advanced. They began their harrowing journey on bicycles, pedaling to Southern France with children’s book manuscripts among their few possessions.

Louise Borden combed primary resources, including Hans Rey’s pocket diaries, to tell this dramatic true story. Archival materials introduce readers to the world of Hans and Margret Rey while Allan Drummond dramatically and colorfully illustrates their wartime trek to a new home.

Follow the Rey’s amazing story in this unique large format book that resembles a travel journal and includes full-color illustrations, original photos, actual ticket stubs and more. A perfect book for Curious George fans of all ages.
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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers DVD
Children's book tells the true story of Philippe Petit, the young French aerialist who walked on a high wire between the World Trade Center towers. This Caldecott Medal winner is brought to life on DVD with narration by Jake Gyllenhaal and includes music by Michael Bacon (The Bacon Brothers). Features three additional full-length tales to lift the spirits: Snowflake Bentley, narrated by Sean Astin; Miss Rumphius, narrated by Claire Danes, and The Pot That Juan Built, narrated by Alfred Molina. Also includes two short films on the real lives of Snowflake Bentley and Juan Quezada.
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The Organic Artist
Neddo, Nick

It's time to go back to basics! If you're interested in art, but find that it's becoming an increasingly expensive hobby, The Organic Artist is just the book for you!

The Organic Artist encourages you to return to those days when art was made with all-natural materials, like charcoal and birch bark. Immersing you in the natural world, The Organic Artist seeks to inspire creativity by connecting you to your organic roots.

In addition to offering a wide variety of suggestions for using nature as supplies for art, this book also introduces the concepts of awareness and perception that are foundational to the creative process. Readers will refine drawing skills, as well as increase their appreciation for the visual arts and the natural landscape.

Some of the projects and skills covered include the following: making paper and wild ink, working with soapstone, clay, wood, and rawhide, printmaking and stenciling, natural pigments and dyes, camouflage and body painting, and nature journaling.

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The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations Documentary DVD

"The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations" is a documentary by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Hannah Jayanti about the classic children's book. The film playfully explores the creation, creators, lasting impact and enduring relevance of one of the most universally beloved children's books of our time. Through interviews with Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer, Eric Carle, David Hyde Pierce, and Adam Gopnik, as well as animation and archival materials, the documentary traces the friendship between Juster and Feiffer, and the wit and wisdom of the novel over half a century.

The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik called the documentary "a charming and soulful film" while Whitney Matheson of USA Today said, " I loved how it transported me back to my childhood."

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The Pocket Paper Engineer (Volume 1)
Barton, Carol

Elegant and accessible, this interactive handbook teaches crafters of all ages how to create kinetic paper art. The projects are complete with examples, formulas, and the essential instruction that allows them to be constructed directly from the book with simple materials on hand: paper, scissors, and glue. Pop-ups are grouped by type--box or triangle--and as the chapters progress, the techniques are combined and layered for more dramatic effects. With its thorough explanations and inspiring ideas, this book will bring color and motion to crafters' cards, scrapbooks, and invitations.

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The Pocket Paper Engineer (Volume 2)
Barton, Carol
From simple greeting cards to intricate paper creations, this engaging workbook thoroughly explains the mechanics of pop-ups while teaching paper artists of all skill levels to create 10 different designs. Step-by-step, full-color instructions coupled with detailed illustrations enable vibrant floating platforms, tabbed props, and miscellaneous other pop-up effects to be easily constructed. As each section includes perforated pages with preprinted designs and directions, scissors and glue are all one needs for nearly instantaneous pop-up creations.
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The Pocket Paper Engineer (Volume 3)
Barton, Carol
Saving the best for last, this third installment in the crafty series highlights the spectacular V-fold, the most versatile and frequently used structure of the pop-up world. Basic V-fold construction is described in detail, demonstrating its many possible variations and making each project accessible through playful cards to detach, cut, and assemble. The most challenging of the array, this volume's activities build in complexity upon those illustrated in the first two books, covering accordion design and techniques for producing multiple pop-up copies. Whether producing a simple card for a friend or creating a complex sculptural page, this workbook is guaranteed to inspire and enlighten those who love to play, invent, and stretch the imagination.
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The Pocket Scavenger
Smith, Keri
From the internationally bestselling creator of Wreck This Journal, a scavenger hunt that leads you to explore your world and transform your findings through creativity and chance...

Within the pages of The Pocket Scavenger, you'll be instructed to go on an unusual scavenger hunt, collecting a spectrum of random items: something that is miniature, a stain that is green, something from the year you were born, a used envelope, and more. Once your quarry is in hand, you'll apply an alteration dictated solely by chance: create a funny character, make it into a building, conceal it, add polka dots, remove a section, add stripes, scribble on top, fold, turn into an article of clothing, make it "pretty," and so on.

The results: you'll be forced out of habitual ways of thinking or acting, discover new connections, and try things you might not have done on your own, creating a version of The Pocket Scavenger that is utterly unique, dependent on time, place, experience, and you.

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The Story of Charlotte's Web - Softcover
Sims, Michael

While composing what would become his most enduring and popular book, E. B. White obeyed that oft-repeated maxim: "Write what you know." Helpless pigs, silly geese, clever spiders, greedy rats-White knew all of these characters in the barns and stables where he spent his favorite hours as a child and adult. Painfully shy, "this boy," White once wrote of himself, "felt for animals a kinship he never felt for people." It's all the more impressive, therefore, how many people have felt a kinship with E. B. White.

Michael Sims chronicles White's animal-rich childhood, his writing about urban nature for the New Yorker, his scientific research into how spiders spin webs and lay eggs, his friendship with his legendary editor, Ursula Nordstrom, the composition and publication of his masterpiece, and his ongoing quest to recapture an enchanted childhood.

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The Wand In The Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy
"A rich resource that will be consulted as frequently by children's literature professionals and by genre fans themselves." -- BOOKLIST (starred review)

What kind of child were you? When did you decide you wanted to be a writer? Why do you write fantasy?

"Fantasy," writes Leonard S. Marcus, "is storytelling with the beguiling power to transform the impossible into the imaginable and to reveal our own 'real' world in a fresh and truth-bearing light." Few have harnessed this power with the artistry, verve, and imagination of the authors encountered in this compelling book. How do they work their magic?

Finely nuanced and continually revealing, Leonard S. Marcus's interviews range widely over questions of literary craft and moral vision, as he asks thirteen noted fantasy authors about their pivotal life experiences, their literary influences and work routines, and their core beliefs about the place of fantasy in literature and in our lives.
Back matter includes an index.

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The Wand In The Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy - Autographed
Leonard Marcus

What kind of child were you? When did you decide you wanted to be a writer? Why do you write fantasy?

"Fantasy," writes Leonard S. Marcus, "is storytelling with the beguiling power to transform the impossible into the imaginable and to reveal our own ‘real’ world in a fresh and truth-bearing light." Few have harnessed this power with the artistry, verve, and imagination of the authors encountered in this compelling book. How do they work their magic?

Finely nuanced and continually revealing, Leonard S. Marcus’s interviews range widely over questions of literary craft and moral vision, as he asks thirteen noted fantasy authors about their pivotal life experiences, their literary influences and work routines, and their core beliefs about the place of fantasy in literature and in our lives.
Back matter includes an index.

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The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder
McDowell, Marta
"For gardeners, botanists, and fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder, this book looks at the beloved Little House on the Prairie author's relationship to nature." --Publishers Weekly

The universal appeal of Laura Ingalls Wilder springs from a life lived in partnership with the land, on farms she and her family settled across the Northeast and Midwest. In this revealing exploration of Wilder's deep connection with the natural world, Marta McDowell follows the wagon trail of the beloved Little House series. You'll learn details about Wilder's life and inspirations, pinpoint the Ingalls and Wilder homestead claims on authentic archival maps, and learn to grow the plants and vegetables featured in the series. Excerpts from Wilder's books, letters, and diaries bring to light her profound appreciation for the landscapes at the heart of her world. Featuring the beloved illustrations by Helen Sewell and Garth Williams, plus hundreds of historic and contemporary photographs, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a treasure that honors Laura's wild and beautiful life.
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Cott, Jonathan
An extraordinary, path-breaking, and penetrating book on the life and work and creative inspirations of the great children's book genius Maurice Sendak, who since his death in 2012 has only grown in his stature and recognition as a major American artist, period.


Polymath and master interviewer Jonathan Cott first interviewed Maurice Sendak in 1976 for Rolling Stone, just at the time when Outside Over There, the concluding and by far the strangest volume of a trilogy that began with Where The Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, was gestating. Over the course of their wide-ranging and revelatory conversation about his life, work, and the fantasies and obsessions that drove his creative process, they focused on many of the themes and images that would appear in the new book five years later. Drawing on that interview, There's a Mystery There is a profound examination of the inner workings of a complicated genius's torments and inspirations that ranges over the entirety of his work and his formative life experiences, and uses Outside Over There, brilliantly and originally, as the key to understanding just what made this extravagantly talented man tick. To gain multiple perspectives on that intricate and multifaceted book, Cott also turns to four "companion guides": a Freudian analyst, a Jungian analyst, an art historian, and Sendak's great friend and admirer, the playwright Tony Kushner. The book is richly illustrated with examples from Sendak's work and other related images.

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Doorley, Rachelle
55 playful experiments that encourage tinkering, curiosity, and creative thinking from the creator of Tinkerlab.com--hands-on activities that explore art, science, and more. For children two and up.

Kids are natural tinkerers. They experiment, explore, test, and play, and they learn a great deal about problem-solving through questions and hands-on experiments. They don't see lines between disciplines; rather, they notice interesting materials and ideas that are worth exploring. This book is about creative experiments, in all fields, that help kids explore the world.

Children gravitate toward sensory experiences (playing with slime), figuring out how things work (taking toys apart), and testing the limits of materials (mixing a tray of paint together until it makes a solid mass of brown). They're not limited by their imaginations, and a wooden spoon can become a magic wand as quickly as a bag of pom-poms can become a hot bowl of soup. This book is about helping parents and teachers of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers understand and tap into this natural energy with engaging, kid-tested, easy-to-implement projects that value process over product. The creative experiments shared in this book foster curiosity, promote creative and critical thinking, and encourage tinkering--mindsets that are important to children growing up in a world that values independent thinking.

In addition to offering a host of activities that parents and teachers can put to use right away, this book also includes a buffet of recipes (magic potions, different kinds of play dough, silly putty, and homemade butter) and a detailed list of materials to include in the art pantry.

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The TOON Treasury of Classic Children's Comics is an unprecedented collection of the greatest comics for children, artfully compiled by two of the best-known creators in publishing and the field of comics--Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly.
This treasury created for young readers focuses on comic books, not strips, and contains humorous stories that range from a single-page to eight or even twenty-two pages, each complete and self-contained. The comics have been culled from the Golden Age of comic books, roughly the 1940s through the early 1960s, and feature the best examples of works by such renowned artists and writers as Carl Barks, John Stanley, Sheldon Mayer, Walt Kelly, Basil Wolverton, and George Carlson, among many, many others.
Organizing the book into five categories (Hey, Kids!; Funny Animals; Fantasyland; Story Time!; and Wacky & Weird), Spiegelman and Mouly use their expertise in the area of comics to frame each category with an introductory essay, and provide brief biographies of the artists. The TOON Treasury of Classic Children's Comics is essential reading for kids of all ages.


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F&P level: T
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Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie & Folklore in the Literature of Childhood
Yolen, Jane
We must equip our children with story in order to keep them linked with the past and ready for the future. "Our children are growing up without their birthright: the myths, fairy tales, fantasies and folklore that are their proper legacy." The essays in Touch Magic, Jane Yolen's classic call-to-arms advocating the use of fantasy and folklore in children's literature, echo that statement. Yolen argues persuasively that fantasy, folklore, and the realm of story provide children with the necessary tools for facing the world, understanding its ways and capriciousness, indeed, becoming truly human. "I believe that culture begins in the cradle," she writes. "To do without tales and stories and books is to lose humanity's past, is to have no star map for our future." August House now offers a richly expanded version of this seminal volume. With six new essays that tender fresh perspectives on the morality of fairy tales, time travel, the definition of story, and, of course, why such themes are essential to the development of today's children, Touch Magic heralds a new millennium of fantasy, myth, and storytelling. "Story is our wall against the dark," Yolen contends, and as adults, we must equip our children with story in order to keep them linked with the past and ready for the future. Touch magic, and pass it on.
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Edited by Peter Hunt, a leading figure in the field, this book introduces the study of children's literature, addressing theoretical questions as well as the most relevant critical approaches to the discipline.

The fourteen chapters draw on insights from academic disciplines ranging from cultural and literary studies to education and psychology, and include an essay on what writers for children think about their craft. The result is a fascinating array of perspectives on key topics in children's literature as well as an introduction to such diverse concerns as literacy, ideology, stylistics, feminism, history, culture and bibliotherapy.

An extensive general bibliography is complemented by lists of further reading for each chapter and a glossary defines critical and technical terms, making the book accessible for those coming to the field or to a particular approach for the first time.

In this second edition there are four entirely new chapters; contributors have revisited and revised or rewritten seven of the chapters to reflect new thinking, while the remaining three are classic essays, widely acknowledged to be definitive.

Understanding Children's Literature will not only be an invaluable guide for students of literature or education, but it will also inform and enrich the practice of teachers and librarians.

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Virginia Lee Burton: A Life in Art
Barbara Elleman
Virginia Lee Burton’s name may bring to mind a steam shovel and a man called Mike Mulligan, a charming little house, and a snowplow named Katy. Yet to speak only of Burton’s achievements as a picture book creator would be to paint only part of the canvas of her life. She was also a dancer, an illustrator for an early Boston newspaper, and a musician, designer, sculptor, and printmaker. Together with her husband George Demetrios, Virginia enjoyed a full life. They raised two sons, gardened and kept sheep, entertained friends, and taught art and design classes. Led by Burton, the design classes made up of local artists evolved into the Folly Cove Designers. A cooperative of sorts, this group created elaborately intricate designs of rural scenes and other natural elements, which they would carve into linoleum and print onto fabrics.
Simultaneously, Burton began her career in children’s book writing and illustration. The early success of her first books, Choo Choo, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, and The Little House, as well as other books was an auspicious beginning for Burton, and the books have become classic and lasting examples of the fine art of children’s book creation.
Well-known children’s literature expert Barbara Elleman introduces the exuberant life, art, and books of Virginia Lee Burton, complemented by family photographs, illustrations, and other images of her inspiring work.
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