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Board Book Roundup: Spring 2016 Edition

This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the … [Read More...]

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Potty booklist

And don't forget to suggest names for our upcoming parent-themed blog! The Saddest Toilet in the World by Sam Apple; illus. by Sam Ricks Preschool Aladdin/Simon 32 pp. 6/16 978-1-4814-5122-2 $17.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4814-5123-9 $10.99 Potty … [Read More...]

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2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

Countdown to the 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards announcement, Thursday, June 2, at 11 a.m.! The 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards will be announced — via video for the first time! — by Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Linda … [Read More...]

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Field Notes: Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School

I am the librarian in an elementary school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s a city of socioeconomic extremes, but dedicated to the mission of equity in public education; every classroom in each of the twelve public elementary schools maintains a … [Read More...]

Blogs

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Anticipayaytion

A heads up: Linda Pizzuti Henry of the Globe and I will be announcing the winners of the 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards next Thursday, June 2, via video at 11:00AM EST. A web address for the video will be forthcoming later this week. And, fun new … [Read More...]

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Daniel Tiger’s Stop & Go Potty app review

Potty training is the worst. Mr. Rogers is the best. PBS Kids's animated television show Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood — which, per the Fred Rogers Company "builds on the pioneering PBS series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood" — has a new potty-training … [Read More...]

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Mock award results | Class #6, 2016

The children's lit class met for the last time last night and we held six (6!) mock book award deliberations. Each student chose which award they wanted to judge and had free reign to nominate any eligible book. I'm pretty sure every last one of them … [Read More...]

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And now, a word from the “Real” Committee

We are privileged today to hear directly from Rachel G. Payne, coordinator of early childhood services at Brooklyn Public Library and chair of the 2016 Randolph Caldecott Award Selection Committee! We're so grateful and excited that she took the time … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

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Review of We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler

We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman Intermediate, Middle School    Clarion    104 pp. 5/16    978-0-544-22379-0    $17.99 Freedman’s latest photohistory is an excellent overview of the White Rose resistance movement, a group of university students who, beginning in June 1942 in Munich, Germany, risked their lives to write and distribute leaflets denouncing the Nazi regime. Focusing mainly on siblings Hans and Sophie … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

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Daniel Tiger’s Stop & Go Potty app review

Potty training is the worst. Mr. Rogers is the best. PBS Kids's animated television show Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood — which, per the Fred Rogers Company "builds on the pioneering PBS series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood" — has a new potty-training app, Stop & Go Potty (February 2016), starring the Daniel Tiger characters. The home screen features Daniel Tiger singing a cheery little potty-ditty: "When you have to go potty / Stop and go right away. / Flush and wash / And be on your way!" … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

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Board Book Roundup: Spring 2016 Edition

This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s … [Read More...]

Going-to-the-Potty-Fred-Rogers-Best-Potty-Training-Books

Potty booklist

And don't forget to suggest names for our upcoming parent-themed blog! The Saddest Toilet in the World by Sam Apple; illus. by Sam Ricks Preschool Aladdin/Simon 32 pp. 6/16 978-1-4814-5122-2 … [Read More...]

BGHB watch video here

2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

Countdown to the 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards announcement, Thursday, June 2, at 11 a.m.! The 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards will be announced — via video for the first time! — by … [Read More...]

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Review of We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler

We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman Intermediate, Middle School    Clarion    104 pp. 5/16    978-0-544-22379-0    … [Read More...]

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Review of Ask Me How I Got Here

Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann High School    Greenwillow    229 pp. 5/16    978-0-06-238795-0    $17.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-06-238797-4    $9.99 Catholic-school sophomore … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

Countdown to the 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards announcement, Thursday, June 2, at 11 a.m.! The 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards will be announced — via video for the first time! — by … [Read More...]

BGHB Awards submissions—last call!

With the May 15th deadline looming, consider this the last call for 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award submissions. Publishers, big and small, we urge you to make sure you’ve sent all worthy eligible … [Read More...]

2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Speeches

While you're gearing up for ALA Midwinter -- in Boston! Home of The Horn Book! Come say hi at our booth! -- you can enjoy the complete 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches. Click on the tags … [Read More...]

Interviews

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Peter Brown on The Wild Robot

In our May/June 2016 issue, our editors asked Peter Brown about thematic similarities between his 2014 BGHB Picture Book Award–winning picture book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and his new sci-fi Robinsonade … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Mordicai Gerstein

Ancient Greece wasn't always so ancient, and sometimes gods just wanna have fun. Using cartoon panels, child-friendly dialogue, and copious humor, Mordicai Gerstein's I Am Pan! (Roaring Brook, 4–8 … [Read More...]

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Lisa Brown on The Airport Book

In our May/June 2016 issue, editor Martha Parravano chatted with Lisa Brown about the motley cast of characters in her high-flying new picture book. Read the starred review of The Airport … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Joyce Sidman

Today's foremost nature poet for children, Joyce Sidman published her first lyrical, observant, and scrupulously annotated nature study in 2005, with Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems, … [Read More...]

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Spring 2016 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Cynthia Rylant

This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Fall Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance … [Read More...]

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