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Look closely

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The following books encourage young children to use their powers of observation and look closely at the pages before them — and at the world around them. Starting with a clever, attention-grabbing title — I Hear a Pickle: (and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too!) — Rachel Isadora’s book about the five senses is […]

Today’s the day! Happy 100th birthday, Beverly Cleary

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One hundred years ago today — April 12, 1916 — children’s literature icon Beverly Cleary was born. Today we hope she’s enjoying a gigantic slice of carrot cake! We’ve been celebrating her life and legacy in the pages of The Horn Book and at hbook.com. Here are some of children’s literature’s best and brightest on […]

Farm2Table app review

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Low-frills app Farm2Table (Little Pickle Press, January 2016; iOS only) — based on the 2013 picture book The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen by Diana Prichard, illustrated by Heather Devlin Knopf — gives young children a basic idea of where some of their food comes from. One morning young Patrick O’Shanahan goes downstairs for breakfast and […]

Amber Tamblyn at Cambridge Public Library

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Amber Tamblyn will be at the Cambridge Public Library, through the Harvard Book Store, tonight (Tuesday, March 29th) to discuss her poetry collection Dark Sparkler. Which reminds me: I never did make it back to reading the last Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants book (which I had checked out from the Cambridge Public Library but […]

Walking with Ramona: Exploring Beverly Cleary’s Portland

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If you’re planning a trip to Portland, Oregon, and you are a Beverly Cleary super-fan, be sure to pack this little guidebook. Walking with Ramona: Exploring Beverly Cleary’s Portland (Microcosm Publishing, coming October 2016) is a walking (or cycling) tour of Ramona-land and an interesting history of the city (before Kyle MacLachlan was the fake […]

Reviews of Bye-Bye Binky and I Use the Potty

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Bye-Bye Binky [Big Kid Power] by Maria van Lieshout; 
illus. by the author Preschool    Chronicle    24 pp. 3/16    978-1-4521-3536-6    9.99 I Use the Potty [Big Kid Power] by Maria van Lieshout; 
illus. by the author Preschool    Chronicle    24 pp. 3/16    978-1-4521-3535-9    $9.99 In the Leslie Patricelli preschool-book mold (Potty, rev. 1/11, and many others), these […]

A little nonfiction

Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

On Wednesday, The Horn Book’s bimonthly newsletter Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book will arrive in your inbox (sign up!). We’ve got a lot of great nonfiction coming at you this week, beginning with this article by Marc Aronson from the March/April issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “The Writer’s Page: What Is Narrative Nonfiction?” […]

Review of Chuck and Woodchuck

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Chuck and Woodchuck by Cece Bell; illus. by the author Primary   Candlewick   32 pp. 3/16   978-0-7636-7524-0   $15.99   g New friendships can be forged in many ways; in this case it’s a woodchuck at school for show-and-tell bringing together a shy first-grader named Chuck and his classmate Caroline (both human). Caroline, the narrator, describes the ways […]

A Celebration of Beverly Cleary at Symphony Space

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If you live in New York City and are a Beverly Cleary super-fan, here’s a great-sounding event: Thalia Kids’ Book Club: A Celebration of Beverly Cleary An all-star cast of actors, including Condola Rashad (Billions), plus authors Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Lunch Lady series), Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles), Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), and RJ Palacio (Wonder) […]

Daylight snoozing time

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Who else is really tired this morning? Thanks a lot, Daylight Savings Time. I know, it’ll all be worth it come 6:00 pm when it’s still light out. In the meantime (see what I did there?), here are three useful booklists to get you through the day. Whatever you do, stay away from this one. […]