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Archives for August 2017

Toca Life: Hospital app review

Toca Boca apps are well-loved in the Horn Book offices, and Toca Life: Hospital (Toca Boca, April 2017; iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire) is no exception. As the app opens, you are presented with a multi-level hospital on a busy street with mountains, a river, and several swaying trees in the background. To begin exploring, […]

Letter to the Editor from Karen Coy, August 2017

May/June and July/August 2017 Horn Book I was dismayed by the May/June edition of The Horn Book.  I am not a Republican and find it shocking and depressing that a vulgar man like Trump could win the nomination of a major political party, let alone be elected as president of the United States. I would […]

Letter to the Editor from Leslie J. Kitchin, August 2017

To the Editor, I was so pleased to see my letter published in the September/October issue. However, I would like to make a correction: I am from Fairbanks, Alaska — not Arkansas! I would also like to add that events that occurred since I wrote that letter have only reinforced that Mr. Trump does not […]

Letters to the Editor, September/October 2017

July/August 2017 Horn Book As a longtime Horn Book subscriber, a former children’s librarian, and an advocate for social justice education, the letters to the editor in the July/August 2017 issue simultaneously encouraged and discouraged me. I was encouraged because expressing differences of opinion is a healthy and necessary element of a working democracy. I […]

Horn Book Magazine — September/October 2017

Table of Contents Features “To Inform and Delight: The Elements of Story” by Melissa Sweet The 2017 Zena Sutherland Lecture. “Looking for Queer Girls on the Shelves” by E. M. Kokie “Our young queer and questioning readers deserve more of and from the stories we are publishing about their lives.” Columns Editorial “The Incomparable Robin […]

Editorial: The Incomparable Robin Smith

Robin Smith (1959–2017) was, famously, a talker. When I first met Robin some twenty years ago, we were sitting in a Children’s Literature New England lecture hall waiting for the day to begin. It was immediately apparent that she was something out of the ordinary: not only was she talking a mile a minute in […]

Review of Trudy’s Big Swim: How Gertrude Ederle Swam the English Channel and Took the World by Storm

Trudy’s Big Swim: How Gertrude Ederle Swam the English Channel and Took the World by Storm by Sue Macy; illus. by Matt Collins Primary    Holiday    40 pp. 3/17    978-0-8234-3665-1    $16.95 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-3825-9    $16.95 Bitter cold, fatigue, leg cramps, driftwood obstacles, jellyfish stings, threats of shark attacks — it’s the rare individual who would risk […]

Books in a lee light

Julie Hakim Azzam’s diagnosis of ADHD for Ramona Quimby has me of two minds AT LEAST. I agree it’s good that readers with ADHD can find in Ramona a mirror, friend, or hero. But if we position the character as a child with ADHD, are we being faithful to the text, which leaves her undiagnosed? […]

Review of Bruno: Some of the More Interesting Days in My Life So Far

Bruno: Some of the More Interesting Days in My Life So Far by Catharina Valckx; illus. by Nicolas Hubesch; trans. from the French by Antony Shugaar Primary, Intermediate    Gecko    88 pp. 4/17    978-1-77657-124-6    $16.99 Paper ed.  978-1-77657-125-3    $14.90 In six brief chapters, Bruno, a small cat in a blue checked cap, recounts in turn the […]

August 2017 Horn Book Herald – Back-to-School Edition

Welcome to our back-to-school issue of The Horn Book Herald, in which we chat with school-story master Andrew Clements, recommend new books for students of all ages as well as essential reading for parents and teachers, and take a break from the school-day grind with pleasure reading and extracurricular activities. Throughout the week of August […]