Boston-area kidlit events for April: seeing stars

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There are a ton of star-studded children’s lit events coming up later this month in the Boston area. Here are some highlights: Mother-and-daughter team Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple will read and sign their new picture book You Nest Here with Me at The Blue Bunny in Dedham on Saturday, April 11th, at […]

April’s Notes issue

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In our April edition of Notes from the Horn Book, we’re celebrating National Poetry Month by chatting with poet Nikki Grimes about her new picture book, Poems in the Attic. Other goodies in this issue: more poetry books for primary and intermediate readers spring-y picture books about birds grrl-power intermediate and middle-school fiction YA about […]

Everywhere dragons

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…at least, everywhere in the March/April Magazine! These four new dragon-themed books are all reviewed in that issue, offering something for dragon fans of several different age groups. Consider them additions to our dragon-centric fantasy booklist. For preschool- and primary-aged kids, there’s author/illustrator Douglas Florian’s How to Draw a Dragon (Simon/Beach Lane, April 2015). Less […]

Fearless females

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From an aspiring journalist to an up-and-coming roller derby grrl, the determined and curious female protagonists of these intermediate and middle-school books are ready to take on the world. In Tricia Springstubb’s Moonpenny Island, the titular tiny Ohio vacation spot is lousy with fossils — specifically, of trilobites from the Cambrian period. Sixth-grade townie Flor […]

Signs of springtime: bunnies

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Like bikes, bunnies have returned to the Simmons campus! (And not just chocolate ones left over from Easter baskets.) Third-grade teacher Stacy shares her thoughts on using rabbit-themed reading with her students over at Lolly’s Classroom.

Week in Review, March 30th-April 3rd

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… The Horn Book Guide Online just passed an amazing milestone: 100,000 reviews! Demo or subscribe to the database here. From the March/April 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “‘This Is Too Much!’ Why Verse Novels Work for Reluctant Readers” by Dorie Raybuck Preview the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine Special […]

Passover and Easter 2015

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We’ve updated our Passover and Easter reading lists in preparation for this weekend’s holidays— check out Elissa’s Passover recs here and my Easter booklist here. Happy holiday to those celebrating, and happy spring (at long last!) to all.

Hoppy Easter

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Easter’s almost here! This updated Easter recommended reading list has selections suitable for both secular and religious celebrations of the holiday.   Preschool In Ollie’s Easter Eggs, Olivier Dunrea’s lovable goslings celebrate Easter by dyeing and hiding eggs. That is, except for little Ollie, who steals all the eggs, whispering “my egg” each time he […]

Lindbergh enhanced e-book review

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Author/illustrator Torben Kuhlmann has collaborated with American publisher NorthSouth Books, their Swiss parent company NordSud Verlag, and German publishing company Friedrich Oetinger to create an enhanced e-book edition of Kulmann’s 2014 picture book Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse (April 2015). In Kulmann’s story (translated from the German by Suzanne Levesque), a mouse realizes […]

Week in Review, March 23rd-27th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Pam Muñoz Ryan Talks with Roger March 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book: trailblazing women, Earth Day 2015, National Poetry Month, folklore from around the world, and sporting life Not on our site, but worth a read: Elizabeth Wein invokes Roger in her BoB decision Reviews of the […]