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Twenty Yawns

Having won a 2015 Caldecott honor for Nana in the City, Lauren Castillo will surely be on the Caldecott committee's radar. This is a very different book in theme and even in palette, but once again she does here what she does best: keep the focus … [Read More...]

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2016 BGHB Nonfiction Day

It's BGHB Week! Today we're honoring our 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Award winners. Read reviews of all of the 2016 nonfiction winners here; see below for more web extras to celebrate them. Join us on September 30-October 1, 2016, for the … [Read More...]

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When the censor is you

While you all know what I think of the term "self-censorship" (which does not mean censorship by oneself so much as of oneself, and you are not your library), SLJ's survey of censorship by school librarians is eye-opening. Siân and I will be talking … [Read More...]

Symphony for the City of the Dead

What do ordinary people do during war?

This is one of the questions from a student that gave me pause a long time ago.  It was a sort of typical survey humanities course, and I vividly remember her interesting and important question. My own history education was often centered on primary … [Read More...]

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A truly great guy

Clarion Books and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have asked me to invite you all to a memorial service  for their longtime colleague and my friend James Cross Giblin, to be held at NYC's LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St, on Friday, October 28th at 2:30PM. RSVP … [Read More...]

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When the censor is you

While you all know what I think of the term "self-censorship" (which does not mean censorship by oneself so much as of oneself, and you are not your library), SLJ's survey of censorship by school librarians is eye-opening. Siân and I will be talking … [Read More...]

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5th Annual Boston Teen Author Festival recap

My, how the Boston Teen Author Festival has grown. The fifth annual celebration was held at the Cambridge Public Library and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School on Saturday, September 24th. The day began with an opening panel to introduce the … [Read More...]

Symphony for the City of the Dead

What do ordinary people do during war?

This is one of the questions from a student that gave me pause a long time ago.  It was a sort of typical survey humanities course, and I vividly remember her interesting and important question. My own history education was often centered on primary … [Read More...]

twenty-yawns

Twenty Yawns

Having won a 2015 Caldecott honor for Nana in the City, Lauren Castillo will surely be on the Caldecott committee's radar. This is a very different book in theme and even in palette, but once again she does here what she does best: keep the focus … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

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Review of Lucy

Lucy by Randy Cecil; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    144 pp. 8/16    978-0-7636-6808-2    $19.99 In the fictional, old-fashioned metropolis of Bloomville, store-clerk-by-day Sam moonlights as a (stage fright–suffering) juggler. His daughter Eleanor lavishes attention on the neighborhood dogs, including a stray named Lucy. When Lucy — who is often in survival mode — catches moments of respite, she dreams of her happy-home former life. The story builds in four … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

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Toca Builders app review

Toca Builders (Toca Boca, May 2016; iOS and Android) opens with a choice of an empty platform or one of several options where work has already started. That work involves constructing towers (or whatever you want) with colored blocks and painting these structures and/or the space around them. Each grid floats in what appears to be water; neither the builders nor the blocks are able to move beyond the edge. The six builder characters (whose names and attributes are listed in the section for … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

Books mentioned in the September 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

National Parks Service at 100 Brown, Craig  Mule Train Mail Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Charlesbridge     2009 Trade ISBN 978-1-58089-187-5 Paperback ISBN 978-1-58089-188-2 Carson, Mary Kay  Park … [Read More...]

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Sports science and technology

Anniss, Matt  The Impact of Technology in Sports Middle school, high school     56 pp.      Heinemann Impact of Technology series. This survey takes a positive look at how technology has changed … [Read More...]

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Folklore and mythology collections

Leupin, Herbert  Tales from the Brothers Grimm Gr. K–3     156 pp.     NorthSouth Nine tales, including "Snow White" and the less-familiar "Mother Holly," are straightforwardly retold and … [Read More...]

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Internet safety and security

Gitlin, Martin and Goldstein, Margaret J.  Cyber Attack Middle school, high school     72 pp.     Twenty-First Century A tour of internet tinkering begins with innocently inventive cyber explorers … [Read More...]

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National Parks Service at 100

Brown, Craig  Mule Train Mail Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Charlesbridge The book opens with postman Anthony at the top of the Grand Canyon loading mules with letters and packages. The landscape's … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

2016 BGHB Nonfiction Day

It's BGHB Week! Today we're honoring our 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Award winners. Read reviews of all of the 2016 nonfiction winners here; see below for more web extras to celebrate them. … [Read More...]

2016 BGHB Picture Book Day

It's BGHB Week! Today we're honoring our 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Award winners. Read reviews of all of the 2016 picture book winners here; see below for more web extras to celebrate … [Read More...]

Countdown to Boston Globe-Horn Book and Horn Book at Simmons 2016!

The Boston Globe-Horn Book and Horn Book at Simmons weekend is almost here! We can't wait to hear the winners and honorees speak at the awards ceremony on Friday night, followed on Saturday by the … [Read More...]

Interviews

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Fall 2016 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Kevin Sands

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

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Fall 2016 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Jennifer Mathieu

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

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Fall 2016 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Helen & Thomas Docherty

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

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Fall 2016 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Ed Vere

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

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Fall 2016 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Brendan Wenzel

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

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