Boston-area events for January 2015

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Happy New Year! Here is a (very long) list of events to look forward to in the first weeks of 2015. Tonight, January 8th, at 5:00 pm, join the Odyssey Bookshop for a mermaid party to celebrate the release of Jennifer Donnelly’s Rogue Wave, the second entry in her Waterfire fantasy saga. The Writers’ Loft […]

Boston KidLit Book Exchange

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In the Boston area and looking to either offload children’s/YA books or pick some up for your library? You’re in luck: Boston KidLit Drink Night founders Sam Musher, Jennie Simopoulos, and Kimberly Huynh have just launched the Boston KidLit Exchange to help match up donors with recipient libraries. According to the Exchange’s site, “We’re here […]

Week in Review, December 29th-January 2nd

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Happy New Year! See some highlights from The Horn Book’s year in “2014 in review” Take a peek at the January/February 2015 Horn Book Magazine January/February 2015 Editorial: “Why #WNDB” Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland 
Shows a Young Girl How to 
Dance like the Firebird by […]

We got swag

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…promotional swag, that is. Here are some of the more original marketing materials we’ve gotten recently. Lynne Rae Perkins’s husband handmade real acorn pendants to celebrate the release of her  middle-grade animal fantasy Nuts to You (Greenwillow, August 2014). “You’ll never sleep the same again,” promise promo items for Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller’s Nightmares! […]

Week in Review, December 22nd-26th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: I Know an Old Lady Who 
Swallowed a Dreidel by Caryn Yacowitz; 
illus. by David Slonim Fiction: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins Nonfiction: Unbroken: An Olympian’s Journey from 
Airman to Castaway to Captive by Laura Hillenbrand; 
adapted by […]

George R. R. Martin’s The Ice Dragon

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George R. R. Martin is best known for penning his A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy saga, the basis for HBO’s crazy-popular series Game of Thrones. Speaking from personal experience, it’s shamefully easy for fans of that franchise to forget just how prolific he is. Admittedly, ASOIAF is pretty absorbing — what with bloody […]

Christmas board books

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In our annual “Holiday High Notes” roundup, we recommend holiday books for the picture book set and up. Here are a few good choices — starring familiar faces — for the littlest of listeners at Christmastime. Lucy Cousins’s beloved character Maisy and her friends prepare for their holiday celebration in Christmas-tree-shaped board book Maisy’s Christmas […]

Week in Review, December 15th-19th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Comics legend Stan Lee Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Blizzard by John Rocco Fiction: Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan Nonfiction: The Next Wave: The Quest to Harness the Power of 
the Oceans [Scientists in the Field] by Elizabeth Rusch Read Roger: “Everything must […]

Merry Bookmakwanzaakkah

Miniature Classic Novels Book Necklace Charm: Garth Nix's Sabriel by JaDaJewelry

I know we’re in full holiday swing, but there’s still 1) time to think about bookish gifts to give your bookish loved ones and 2) time to hint about bookish gifts you’d like to receive yourself. Really, bookish gifts are great any time of year! I suspect I have successfully browbeaten my aunt into getting […]

The Dance Happy Project

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Over on Twitter, @mecaplan directed us to a cause dear to my dance-lovin’ heart: The Dance Happy Project. The project was initiated by eleven-year-old Georgia Bernbaum, who writes on the Dance Happy site that her goal is to “bring dance classes to more children, children who would not normally have access to dance lessons.” Proceeds […]