The Bedsby Tales app review

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Tales from the Crypt fans who’ve been dying to introduce the next generation to episodic horror will be all over The Bedsby Tales (Jacob Duane Johnson, March 2015), a series of short stories for middle graders with some interactive elements. “Episode 1: Thoughts of Unknown” begins with a dubious welcome from a shadowy-creature storyteller in […]

Review of The Fun Book of Scary Stuff

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The Fun Book of Scary Stuff by Emily Jenkins; illus. by Hyewon Yum Primary   Foster/Farrar   32 pp. 8/15   978-0-374-30000-5   $16.99 A child shares with his two chatty dogs the list he wrote of things that scare him: monsters, ghosts, witches, trolls. The pug seems sympathetic, but the self-proclaimed “bravest dog ever” bull terrier is unfazed […]

Step right up and win a prize!

To go with author/illustrator Stephen Savage’s article about the talented People in His Neighborhood, Katie compiled an image gallery of Horn Book Magazine covers created by Brooklyn illustrators. Keeping up the love, we gave you a Brooklyn booklist. And some artisanal pickle commentary. And even a spreadsheet. Now we want to hear more from you. […]

Caldecott by the numbers: Brooklyn edition (math is fun!)


Inspired by Stephen Savage’s article on Brooklyn children’s book folks, Barbara Genco, special projects manager for our sister publication Library Journal — and a proud Brooklynite — sent us her “very unscientific spreadsheet” of Brooklyn-connected Caldecott Medal winners and Honor winners from 1960-2015. W-O-W. By our back-of-the-envelope calculation (based on an already admittedly unscientific number, […]

We got your Brooklyn booklist right here.


A quick and handy search on the Horn Book Guide Online (keyword search: “Brooklyn”) brings up 167 reviews of books published since 1989 that are about, in, or around Brooklyn. (Plus, we’ve heard a tree grows there.) Here’s a selection of favorites to consider while enjoying Stephen Savage’s article about the People in His (Brooklyn) […]

You had us at artisanal pickles.


Urban inferiority complex be damned! We Bostonians enjoy artisanal pickles and ironic facial hair as much as the next folks. That’s why we’re pleased to present author/illustrator Stephen Savage’s article on the people in his Brooklyn neighborhood. Or, as we like to call it, “the new Somerville.” We’re so psyched, in fact, that we’ve decided […]

Shoo, fly


It seems that the insect-of-the-moment is… the fly (and I don’t know why; maybe butterflies were too pretty). Here are five recent books starring those pests, plus reviews of a few more favorites below. Could that Old Lady who swallowed one have been on to something?         Super Fly: The World’s Smallest Superhero! […]

Boys will be boys (what could go wrong?)

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Boys have adventures both big and small — and realistic and poignant and meta and supernatural! — in these books for intermediate and early middle-school readers. In Boy’s Best Friend by Kate Banks and Rupert Sheldrake, two sixth-grade dog owners living on Cape Cod devise an experiment based on scientist Sheldrake’s real book Dogs That […]

Review of Drum Dream Girl

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Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage 
Changed Music by Margarita Engle; 
illus. by Rafael López Primary    Houghton    40 pp. 3/15    978-0-544-10229-3    $16.99 A young girl dreams of becoming a drummer. Though she lives “on an island of music / in a city of drumbeats,” hers is an impossible dream: only boys play drums. An […]

Conference report: Association of Jewish Libraries 2015


While you wait with bated breath for next week’s ALA Annual conference — and the July/August Horn Book Magazine containing the Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and Wilder awards speeches and profiles of the winners, plus roundups of the year’s books, our Mind the Gap Awards for books that didn’t win at ALA, and more […]