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Archives for October 2015

Week in Review, October 26th-30th

This week on hbook.com… Preview the November/December 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine November/December Editorial: “We’re Not Rainbow Sprinkles” October’s Nonfiction Notes: Research and information science, ancient and medieval history, sea life, vehicles, pop culture Lots and lots of Halloween reading recommendations The Cats of The Horn Book wish you a happy National Cat […]

Happy (almost) Halloween from The Horn BOooOOooOOk

Tomorrow’s Halloween, which means it’s time for a few of our favorite bookish Halloween traditions! Namely… All Hallow’s Read This tradition — started by author Neil Gaiman waaaaayyy back in the olden days of 2010 — simply consists of giving scary books in the week leading up to Halloween. (Instead of candy?!, you ask. No, […]

Meet the Dullards

Today we’re considering Meet the Dullards by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. If you haven’t had a look at this book yet, do yourself a favor and go find it. It’s far from dull. As you can see from the cover, there’s something going on here between the text and the art similar to […]

Editorial: We’re Not Rainbow Sprinkles

Last month at the Cambridge Public Library, I moderated a panel of five middle-grade writers brought to town by their publisher, Random House: Jeanne Birdsall, Bruce Coville, Alice Hoffman, R. J. Palacio, and Rebecca Stead. The place was packed and the conversation lively. With just a few minutes left for questions at the end of […]

Horn Book Magazine – November/December 2015

Table of Contents Features “An Interview with Kate DiCamillo” by Elissa Gershowitz A lively chat over breakfast with the outgoing National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. “’Children, Children, What Do You See?’” by Megan Dowd Lambert Excerpted from Reading Picture Books with Children, a new book that explores Lambert’s “Whole Book Approach” to storytime. “Comics […]

Picture book moments

In picture-book goings-on, bloggers Julie Danielson, Betsy Bird, Travis Jonker, and Minh Lê have a seasonally appropriate discussion about creepy picture books. (And here are the Horn Book’s recommendations for Halloween reading.) –and the New York Times Best Illustrated list is out and includes A Fine Dessert, so don’t look for that discussion to die down […]

The Boy Meets Girl Massacre (Annotated)

I was initially drawn to Ainslie Hogarth’s The Boy Meets Girl Massacre (Annotated) because it’s almost Halloween, and I was in the mood for something spooky or unsettling. I was also intrigued by the nonlinear format. This gross-out YA paperback original did turn out to be unsettling…but not quite in the way I had hoped. […]

Toca Boo app review

Just in time for Halloween, little ones can play Toca Boo (Toca Boca, 2014; iOS only), a virtual version of that thing where you sneak up on someone and yell “Boo!” A little red-spectacled girl pulls a sheet over her head and floats around her dark-and-shadowy house looking for victims; readers use their finger to […]

Is the Internet killing reading?

Well, IMHO, no… One of the questions I am asked most often in classes and in trainings with teachers is about the Internet’s impact on students’ reading. It usually goes something like this… “Do you think the internet is killing reading?” I usually wonder silently if using the word “killing” means the asker has already […]

Cuckoo’s song

I discovered the podcast “Lore” yesterday, and I’m already eleven episodes in. Created by supernatural thriller author Aaron Mahnke, “Lore” tells real-life stories behind or informed by scary folklore, urban legends, and other creepy tales. Thus far, it’s covered the requisite vampires (this particular case taking place in colonial Massachusetts), werewolves (in medieval Germany), and […]