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Winning sports picture books

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Cheating marathoners; a trailblazing sports reporter; a girl shortstop; and an illegal integrated b-ball game. Here are some nonfiction sports picture books that capture the dramatic action both on and off the track/field/court. Meghan McCarthy’s The Wildest Race Ever: The Story of the 1904 Olympic Marathon describes America’s first Olympic marathon, which took place in […]

Get a move on

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Whether kicking a soccer ball, dancing ballet, tiptoeing through the…jungle, or belly-sliding on the ice, these feisty protagonists know how to keep things moving. Get on up! Brian Pinkney’s On the Ball begins on a soccer field, then takes flight as a young boy’s imagination soars. The opening text reads, “Owen loved playing ball,” and […]

Mwah mwah mwah mwah: movies

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This is way behind the times, but how cool and clever is it that Trombone Shorty was the “voice” of the adults in the new Peanuts Movie? Read the Horn Book’s review of last year’s jazzy picture book Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews; illus. by Bryan Collier.     What movies did you check […]

The Wunderglasses app review

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As The Wunderglasses app (Gentle Troll, December 2015) opens, a little boy named Max is playing in the park. He notices a strange pair of glasses on the ground; when he puts them on, everything ordinary now looks extraordinary. Users swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to see what Max sees: a […]

Kindergarten party at the library!

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Earlier this week, the Cambridge Public Library hosted a party for all city kindergartners. The occasion? Signing up for library cards! As our friendly neighborhood librarian and manager of youth services, Julie Roach, told us: once you turn five, you can get your *very own library card* (which looks just like the grownups’) and check […]

Review of The Wolf Wilder

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The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell Intermediate   Simon   232 pp. 8/15   978-1-4814-1942-0    $16.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4814-1944-4   $10.99 Feodora and her mother, Marina, are “wolf wilders” in early-twentieth-century Russia: when aristocrats tire of their pet wolves (a status symbol thought to bring good luck), the girl and her mother reverse the wolves’ forced domestication, teaching the […]

Fanfare15 matchy-matchy

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While I recover from unintentionally wearing The Nest tights (don’t let the wasps get me!!), you can enjoy The Horn Book’s 2015 Fanfare list, the best children’s books of the year. For more matchy-matchy, click here. It’s fun!

DinoWriMo: Professors

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Who is dinosaurs’ favorite children’s lit professor? Parasaurolophus Nodelman.   For more terrible puns, click the tag DinoWriMo.

DinoWriMo: Great Ladies

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Who was dinosaurs’ favorite children’s book review journal editor? (sorry, Roger) Xenotarsosaurus Sutherland. For more terrible puns, click the tag DinoWriMo.

DinoWriMo: Fave baby book

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What is a dinosaur’s favorite baby toy book? Apatosaurus the Bunny. For more terrible puns, click the tag DinoWriMo.