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Archives for March 2011

>Fingers first

>I really tried to work it with Miles and the iPad: Ehh, thinks Miles, but now his mother really, really wants one. But, at not-quite-two, he did not seem to understand that touching various spots on the glass would make different things happen. He did go after the one non-virtual button on the iPad with […]

Not-So-Trivial Pursuits: Wooing the Secret Holders

by Deborah Heiligman There is no sure-fire, never-fail road map for research. There certainly is no GPS with a reassuring British voice guiding you when you make a wrong turn (“recalculating…”). Research takes you into unexplored, wild, rocky terrain, and each book teaches you how to research that book. Sure, there are techniques and tricks […]

Celeb BFF wisdom?

Like many children who grew up in the nineties, I know who Elizabeth Berkley is—she played Jessie Spano on the popular, heavily syndicated Saved by the Bell. So when Ask Elizabeth (Putnam, March) came into the office, I snatched it up out of curiosity (and perhaps fear). As it turns out, it’s getting a lot […]

>Make it new!

>Marc Aronson takes on challenges, particularly a substantial critique by Jim Murphy, to his article “New Knowledge,” which appears in the current issue of the Magazine. In his post Jim says he wishes we had a way for readers to comment on articles we post on the site and SO DO I. Until we figure […]

>Grandchildren are important

>if only for the way that, posed correctly, they can take thirty pounds off a guy. photo by Richard Asch

New Notes

The new Notes from the Horn Book is coming soon to an inbox near you, with – five questions for Lee Bennett Hopkins – poetry picture books – new chapter books for young readers – nonfiction about American legends – young adult historical fiction In each newsletter you’ll also find online resources provided by Teaching […]

Ladies and a Gentleman

>I’ll be reporting on my trip to SF once I wrest the photos from Richard’s camera; short version: it was swell. Meanwhile Katie celebrates Women’s History Month with a new booklist of some excellent recent biographies and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art announces its 2011 Carle Honors Honorees: artist Lois Ehlert, artist […]

Smart books for all kids

Ellen Raskin was thinking outside the box before most of us even knew there was a box. A writer, an illustrator, a designer — she combined them all into a profession she called bookmaking. In her novels, the typeface is as much an element as the mystery/puzzle plot, which is as integral as the wordplay, […]

Required reading for Women’s History Month

We’ve just put up a list of recommended women’s history books on the Horn Book website.

The board Book of Sleep

Knopf recently released a board book version of Il Sung Na‘s The Book of Sleep. In the original edition, a playful and spare text accompanies sweet illustrations that, upon closer look, contain a multitude of textural and illustrative details (including the protagonist owl as a search-and-find character on spreads where another character takes center stage). An […]