New swag!

ballet cat tote

“Katie! There’s a pretty package for you!” Martha said this morning when the mail arrived. For me? Sure enough, the holographic, hot pink package was addressed to me, and inside was… a galley of Bob Shea’s early reader Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret (Disney-Hyperion, May 2015), a super-cute tote bag, and a letter addressed […]

Most popular boys’ names 2025?

brennan_unspoken

I read a lot of supernatural romance YA — for the Mag, for the Guide, and for fun — and I’ve been noticing how many dreamy guys in recent series are named either Jared or Cole. Bonus points for a Jared/Cole in a love triangle with the female protagonist, or if the protagonist and said […]

Be-bop-a-skoodley!

russell-brown_little melba

These new picture-book biographies of African American music pioneers give primary readers something to sing about during Black History Month — and all year long. Seven-year-old Melba Liston chose to learn to play the trombone — an unconventional choice for a girl. By age seventeen, she was touring alongside the jazz greats. As a female […]

Bad company

myers_on a clear day

Conspiracy theory or everyday life? These new YA novels — three thrillers and one dark comedy — star teen protagonists finding their places in worlds manipulated by not-so-scrupulous corporations. Walter Dean Myers‘s posthumously published On a Clear Day takes place in 2035. The Central Eight (C-8) companies rule everything, enriching themselves while the rest of […]

Week in Review, February 2nd-6th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… ALA coverage roundup ALA Awards 2015: Horn Book reviews of the winners From the January/February 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “What Makes a Good Acceptance Speech?” Calling Caldecott: “Live from Chicago! It’s Robin” “Caldecott Award live” “Live from Chicago, cont.” “Caldy swag” “Beekle wins 2015 Caldecott Medal” “Wednesday Morning […]

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs app review

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Though the American Museum of Natural History‘s Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs exhibit closed a few weeks ago, those of us who missed it can learn about these fascinating animals with the associated app (2014). The first section, “What Is a Pterosaur?,” introduces this prehistoric creature, which lived for 150 million years, going […]

Caldecott-fandom crossovers, pt. 2

adipose

Well, I guess I’m flying my fangirl flag high on OOTB these days. After last week’s Sam & Dean post and Monday’s ALA Youth Media Awards announcements, I’m back with another “I can’t be the only one…” situation. Is it just me, or does unimaginary friend Beekle look a lot like the Adipose babies from […]

Week in Review, January 26th-30th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… 2015 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction winner and honor books Calling Caldecott’s mock Caldecott vote winner and honor books From the January/February Horn Book Magazine:  “What Makes a Good Math Storybook?” by Audrey Quinlan “From The Guide: Math Picture Books“ January’s issue of Nonfiction Notes: Black History Month, presidents and […]

Sam & Dean Dig a Hole

sam and dean winchester dig a hole

Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s latest, Sam & Dave Dig a Hole (Candlewick, October 2014), has been getting quite a bit of buzz (including Caldecott buzz) and has appeared on several best-of-year lists (including Horn Book’s own Fanfare). With all that talk, I can’t be the only person to accidentally call it “Sam & Dean […]

Week in Review, January 19th-23rd

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach Fiction: Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper — plus a Q&A for the author Nonfiction: Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews by Kathleen Benson; illus. with paintings by Benny Andrews App: Geography […]