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Review of Triangle

Triangle by Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon Klassen Preschool, Primary    Candlewick    48 pp. 3/17    978-0-7636-9603-0    $15.99 Triangle leaves his triangle-shaped house via his triangle-shaped door, off to “play a sneaky trick on Square.” He walks to Square’s house and stands outside the square-shaped door, hissing like a snake. Square, who is […]

Review of Mothers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to Postfeminism

Mothers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to Postfeminism edited by Lisa Rowe Fraustino and Karen Coats University Press of Mississippi    270 pp. 5/16    978-1-4968-0699-4    $60.00 This illuminating and timely collection, which originated with co-editor Fraustino’s Hollins University course of the same name, examines the changing — and […]

Five questions for Ednita Kelly

For Los Angeles–area librarian Ednita Kelly — founder of the Los Angeles Public Library Book Bike and a 2016 City of Los Angeles Pioneer Women of the Year honoree — cycling is a year-round endeavor (the weather!). Her mission: to bring books to as many people in her community as possible. #LibrarianswithSuperpowers 1. What exactly […]

Spring news 2017 booklist

Here are some recent picture books perfect for springtime. All reviews are from The Horn Book Magazine and were recommended at the time of publication. Secrets I Know by Kallie George; illus. by Paola Zakimi Preschool    Schwartz & Wade/Random    32 pp.    g 5/17    978-1-101-93893-5    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-101-93894-2    $20.99 […]

Review of Forever, or a Long, Long Time

Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter Intermediate    Harper/HarperCollins    311 pp. 3/17    978-0-06-238568-0    $16.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-06-238570-3    $9.99 Eleven-year-old (but still in the fourth grade) narrator Flora and her younger brother Julian had been in foster care for as long as they could remember. Now they’ve […]

Board Book Roundup: Spring 2017 Edition

This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. Tinyville Town: I’m a Librarian [Tinyville Town] by Brian […]

Review of If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed

If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed by Denise Vega; illus. by Zachariah OHora Primary    Knopf    40 pp. 3/17    978-0-553-49655-0    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-553-49656-7    $20.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-553-49657-4    $10.99 In tongue-in-cheek direct-address text, Vega provides children with an entertaining manual for putting unruly monsters to sleep: “Let’s […]

Reflex app review

In addition to hearing the Duran Duran song in my head, I know Reflex (ExploreLearning, iPad app released 2014; iOS and desktop) as a program that my child’s teacher uses to supplement the class’s math curriculum…and with which my kid is obsessed. While it’s geared toward classroom use (and homeschooling), we play it happily on […]

Diversifying Barbie & Mortal Kombat: 20 Years Later Celebration at MIT

On April 6, the Women’s & Gender Studies and Comparative Media Studies departments at MIT sponsored the daylong conference “Diversifying Barbie & Mortal Kombat: 20 Years Later Celebration” — spearheaded by the amazing and indefatigable Dr. Kishonna L. Gray and with “opening reflections” by Dr. T.L. Taylor — to explore race, gender, sexuality, representation, and […]

Love the Earth 2017

Earth Day and the March for Science are coming up on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The following picture books introduce children to some of the challenges facing our Earth, and provide suggestions to help on a scale they can manage. For more on this topic, see Kathleen T. Isaacs’s Horn Book Magazine article “Fostering Wonder.” […]