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Folklore and poetry | Class #5, 2015

For our class on April 2, we are reading four books and one article. I like combining these two genres because both need to be read aloud in order to really appreciate them. Folklore has to have a strong voice, as it comes from an oral tradition … [Read More...]

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Selfie Sweepstakes Reviews: Bandits Peak

[As an experiment last fall, I invited self-publishers to submit their best new titles for review. About a dozen heeded the call, and I am reviewing their books in this space.] Bandits Peak; by Chris Eboch. Pig River Press, 2015. 173pp. ISBN … [Read More...]

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National Puppy Day reading

Yesterday was National Puppy Day! To celebrate, here are some of our favorite dog books from recent years (don't worry; I'm pretty sure the dog doesn't die in any of them!), all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine. Now, who wants to lend me a puppy … [Read More...]

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A Lovely Night

We saw the new Cinderella last night and you should see it too. What I loved most was that it was genuinely a children's movie. While Cate Blanchette as the stepmother and Helena Bonham-Carter as the fairy godmother were on hand to provide some camp … [Read More...]

Blogs

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Selfie Sweepstakes Reviews: Bandits Peak

[As an experiment last fall, I invited self-publishers to submit their best new titles for review. About a dozen heeded the call, and I am reviewing their books in this space.] Bandits Peak; by Chris Eboch. Pig River Press, 2015. 173pp. ISBN … [Read More...]

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1D in 3D

The boys of One Direction have been staring at me from the cover of Malcolm Croft's "unofficial and unauthorized" One Direction in 3D (Sterling, February 2015) for a week now, waiting for me to consider and discuss their 3D-ness. Niall and Louis are … [Read More...]

Folklore and poetry

Folklore and poetry | Class #5, 2015

For our class on April 2, we are reading four books and one article. I like combining these two genres because both need to be read aloud in order to really appreciate them. Folklore has to have a strong voice, as it comes from an oral tradition … [Read More...]

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Shutting down the shop (for now)

It's been quite a season of books, hasn't it? As I clear off my picture book shelf, preparing for the 2015 titles, I feel a twinge of nostalgia. There are so many books I have loved this year, but now they have to find new homes. I have piles of 2014 … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

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Review of In Mary’s Garden

In Mary’s Garden by Tina Kügler and Carson Kügler; illus. by the authors Primary   Houghton   32 pp. 3/15   978-0-544-27220-0   $16.99 As a girl, Mary “was happiest when her hands were busy making, building, creating things.” As she grew up and traveled around the world, those early interests developed into a love for art. She returns to the Wisconsin lake house she’d helped her father build and begins a lifelong art project there, gathering found items from the beach, assembling scraps, … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

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Cat’s Cradle Book 1: The Golden Twine e-book review

Earlier this year publisher Kids Can Press and developer Animanga Plus released a "motion comic" e-book version of 2012 print graphic novel Cat's Cradle Book 1: The Golden Twine (January 2015), written and illustrated by Jo Rioux. This fantasy series-opener begins with an intriguing prologue: a young boy sent to lock up his family's chicken coop is attacked by a frightening creature he identifies as a caitsith. (Tap on a flashing exclamation-point icon in the upper right-hand corner to learn … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

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Review of In Mary’s Garden

In Mary’s Garden by Tina Kügler and Carson Kügler; illus. by the authors Primary   Houghton   32 pp. 3/15   978-0-544-27220-0   $16.99 As a girl, Mary “was happiest when her hands were busy … [Read More...]

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National Puppy Day reading

Yesterday was National Puppy Day! To celebrate, here are some of our favorite dog books from recent years (don't worry; I'm pretty sure the dog doesn't die in any of them!), all recommended by The … [Read More...]

Books mentioned in the March 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Trailblazing women Demi  Florence Nightingale Gr. K–3     40 pp.    Holt    2014 Trade ISBN 978-0-8050-9729-0 Extraordinary Women series Doak, Robin  Michelle Obama Gr. 4–6    48 pp. … [Read More...]

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Review of Completely Clementine

Completely Clementine by Sara Pennypacker; illus. by Marla Frazee Primary, Intermediate   Disney-Hyperion   181 pp. 3/15   978-1-4231-2358-3   $14.99   g In this series-ender, third grade is … [Read More...]

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Sporting life

Amstutz, Lisa J.  Bicycle Basics: Let It Roll! Gr. K–3     24 pp.   Capstone Amstutz, Lisa J.  Bike Safety: A Crash Course Gr. K–3     24 pp.    Capstone Pebble Plus: Spokes series. These … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

Terry Pratchett’s 2009 Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction Award Speech for Nation

by Terry Pratchett I am sure that there are writers out there who are capable of telling the world, clearly and succinctly, why and how they wrote the books on which their names and likenesses now … [Read More...]

2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book speeches

For your kind consideration: here are the complete 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches. Click on the tag BGHB14 for timelines, pictures, and more. Photos, judges' intros, and other information … [Read More...]

Boxers & Saints: Author Gene Luen Yang’s 2014 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

Thank you to the Horn Book and the Boston Globe. This is an incredible, incredible honor. Boxers & Saints is a two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion, a war that was fought in China … [Read More...]

Interviews

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Sara Pennypacker on Completely Clementine

In the March/April 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Claire Gross talked to author Sara Pennypacker about the end of her long-running Clementine series. Read the full review of Completely … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Neal Shusterman

Neal Shusterman's novel Challenger Deep (HarperTeen, 14 years and up) is a swirling, surrealistic look inside the mind of one teen, Caden, who is struggling with mental illness. Chapters narrated by … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Kwame Alexander

Middle-school hoops star Josh "Filthy McNasty" Bell wants to play for Duke. His twin brother JB bleeds Carolina Blue. Is there a more apt metaphor for sibling rivalry?! Here we talk to 2015 Newbery … [Read More...]

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“These children need a champion”: an interview with Gretchen Bircher

Gretchen Bircher is an instructional aide at Adam Elementary School in Santa Maria, California. (She’s also my amazing mom!) Today she is submitting a proposal to the Santa Maria–Bonita School … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Lucy Cousins

If you know any little girls named Maisy (or Tallulah; or, for that matter, any little boys named Cyril), chances are good that it's because of Lucy Cousins. Her indomitable little-girl-mouse is … [Read More...]

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