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Archives for March 2014

Preview May/June 2014 Horn Book Magazine

Harriet at 50: To mark the golden anniversary of Harriet the Spy, authors Jack Gantos and Megan McDonald, librarian Kathleen T. Horning, critic Betsy Hearne, editor Ginee Seo, and educator Cathryn M. Mercier reflect on Louise Fitzhugh’s groundbreaking 1964 novel. Borderlands: Deirdre F. Baker interviews author—and pilot!—Elizabeth Wein. Books in the Home: Megan Lambert’s reassuring […]

Review of In New York

In New York by Marc Brown; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Knopf    40 pp. 3/14    978-0-375-86454-4    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-375-96454-1    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-307-97444-0    $10.99 Join the little blue-capped boy from the cover as he and his father make cameo appearances throughout this enthusiastically busy guide to New York City. Just about all of […]

Folklore and poetry

For our class on April 3, 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 where storytellers have individual styles, just as today’s […]

Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile

There are so many stand-alone folktale picture books that it’s always hard to choose just one for us to read together. But I like this one for its humor, voice, and authenticity. Interestingly, it also represents two story types: noodleheads (heroes or heroins who are a bit scatterbrained) and tricksters (a small person or animal […]

Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal

One of the fascinating and mysterious things about folklore is that the same story types appear all over the world. Here’s a single picture book that tells a Cinderella-type story as found in several different cultures. I think children would need to first be familiar with a single, cohesive version of this story in order […]

Poetrees

As you know if you’ve read Susan Lempke’s article, there are lots and lots of books with poems about a particular subject — enough to read one every day of the school year. As she says, some work better than others as poems. What do you think of this one? Florian has several volumes of […]

A Kick in the Head

This is one of those books for kids that tends to be an eye-opener for most adults, too. Who knew there were this many poetry forms out there?! Notice how the book could be enjoyed by just reading the poems. OR, if you want to learn more, you can see what the form is and […]

Week in Review, March 24th-28th

This week on hbook.com… From the March/April 2014 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Illustration: “From the Guide: Wordless Picture Books” March 2014 Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book: Women’s History, Poetry, Earth Day, Migration, and Math concepts “Eight Ways to Say You: The Challenges of Translation”: BGHB speech by Cathy Hirano, translator of HC Andersen […]

Moving moment No. 13

As Katie shreds the last TOP SEKRIT documents, we’re going dark here, shutting down our computers and phones today so we can move them tomorrow along with fifteen years of Horn Book history. You can still reach me via email and if you have my cell number you have my cell number. As of Monday, […]

Reading Rainbow app review

The Emmy and Peabody–award winning Reading Rainbow, hosted by LeVar Burton, ran for twenty-three years on PBS. Now young readers can explore the Reading Rainbow app (RRKidz, 2012), which retains a similar style to the show complete with its signature, catchy theme song: “Take a look, / it’s in a book, / a reading rainbow…” […]