This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Freedom Summer, a touchstone in the civil rights movement. The following nonfiction books highlight important turning points in African American history. And for more on Freedom Summer, read Kathleen T. Horning’s Five Questions interview with Don Mitchell (author of the new The Freedom Summer Murders, Scholastic, 14–17 years) […]
The Exploratorium in San Francisco is one of the (if not the) coolest hands-on science and discovery museums in the country. The Exploratorium’s app Sound Uncovered (2013) lets you experience what makes the place so great without having to hop a plane. An intro — “Hear Here” — gives an overall explanation of sound, concluding: […]
…sittin’ in a tree. So far we’ve found three Owens in novels this year. The Geography of You and Me (romantic Owen), The Unbound: An Archived Novel (evil supernatural renegade Owen), and The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim (fearless hero, or something like that, Owen). Owen-Chloe-Flora love triangle?
This week on hbook.com… 2014 Summer Reading Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Little Bear Book by Anthony Browne; illus. by the author Fiction: The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel Nonfiction: Treasury of Egyptian Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters & Mortals by Donna Jo Napoli; illus. by Christina Balit App: Kids Discover: Ancient Egypt […]
The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall; illus. by the author Preschool Paulsen/Penguin 40 pp. 5/14 978-0-399-25718-6 $17.99 g A little boy narrator finds out from his parents one morning that he’s going to be a big brother. Just one question: “Where are we going to get the baby?” Over the course of the day, he […]
There’s nothing like a sibling when it comes to trouble-making, attention-seeking, and one-upping. Also: support, companionship, and giggle-sharing. These four new picture books feature brothers and sisters doing what siblings do best. The star of Kelly DiPucchio’s Gaston looms over his poodle sisters Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, and Ooh-La-La. At the park, they meet a family like […]
Toddlers meet Tetris in the puzzle-based app BeBop Blox (Originator, formerly Callaway Digital Arts, 2013). On the main screen, viewers find twelve blocks (three rows of four), jauntily wiggling to some simple jazzy background music. The squares are designed to look like classic wooden block toys painted in pastel hues and with center cut-outs of […]