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Erin go bragh!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with nonfiction about Ireland and its history, fiction starring Irish and Irish American protagonists, and a little bit of pure blarney, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine.   Picture books In Eve Bunting’s Ballywhinney Girl, Maeve’s grandpa unearths a mummy — common in Ireland, where (a note says) scores […]

Week in Review, March 7th-March 11th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Our new podcast is live! Listen to the first two episodes: 1.1 Social Medias and 1.2 What House Are You? Happy 100th Birthday, Beverly Cleary! We’re celebrating with a series of Cleary appreciations from the March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine. This week’s entries: “Everyone Needs a Ramona” by Kate Messner “Dear […]

Spring into spring with March Notes!

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In the March Notes from the Horn Book newsletter, Kitty Flynn and Martha V. Parravano team up for 5Q for illustrator Laura Dronzek about When Spring Comes (her latest collab with hubby Kevin Henkes). In this issue, you’ll also find: more spring-y picture books new easy-reader and chapter-book characters (who will feel like old friends) […]

Some audiobooks!

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Variously set long ago, far away and right here, right now, these audiobooks deeply engage middle-grade listeners in the struggles — and triumphs — of their protagonists. George, Alex Gino’s middle-grade novel about a transgender girl named George (who secretly thinks of herself as Melissa), gets a remarkable reading from narrator Jamie Clayton, herself transgender. […]

Week in Review, February 29th-March 4th (plus last day of Black History Month 2016)

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Black History Month For Black History Month, we’ve selected articles by and/or about African American children’s book luminaries — one a day throughout February. For the final day of February: “A Fine Bookshelf” by Ibi Zoboi (with bonus interview with Rita Williams-Garcia and Edwidge Danticat!) Shortest month of the year #HBBlackHistoryMonth16 […]

Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery app review

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As Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery (Smithsonian, 2015) opens, it’s your first day as an intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. After curator Isabella Wagner introduces you to the museum and the task at hand, you head down to the creepy basement — alone — to get to work. Your job […]

Boston-area children’s lit events for March

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Today is World Book Day, celebrating authors/illustrators, books, and reading in over one hundred countries around the globe. Are you participating? There are also plenty of fantastic events happening right here in Boston this month! Here’s a small sampling; check out our event calendar for all details and even more great events in the Boston […]

Week in Review, February 22nd-26th: Black History Month Week 4

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Black History Month For Black History Month, we’ve selected articles by and/or about African American children’s book luminaries — one a day throughout February, with a roundup on Fridays. This week’s selections: 2014 CSK Author Award Acceptance by Rita Williams-Garcia “Following in Their Fathers’ Paths” by Rudine Sims Bishop “Young Dreamers” […]

Week in Review, February 15th-19th: Black History Month Week 3

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Black History Month For Black History Month, we’ve selected articles by and/or about African American children’s book luminaries — one a day throughout February, with a roundup on Fridays. This week’s selections: “Who Can Tell My Story” and “Dream Keepers” (2015 Coretta Scott King Author Award Acceptance) by Jacqueline Woodson three […]

Week in Review, February 8th-12th: Black History Month Week 2

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Black History Month For Black History Month, we’ve selected articles by and/or about African American children’s book luminaries — one a day throughout February, with a roundup on Fridays. This week’s selections: “Decolonizing the Imagination” by Zetta Elliott “The Dillons on the Dillons” by Leo, Diane, and Lee Dillon “The Changing […]