May the Fourth be with you

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Just in time for today’s Star Wars Day celebration, we received some super-cute Star Wars board books by Jack and Holman Wang. With the Star Wars: Epic Yarns series (Chronicle, April 2015), the Wangs use the same formula and needle-felt medium of their Cozy Classics books to retell a tale from a long time ago […]

Week in Review, April 27th-May 1st

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Transformations: Table of contents Elissa Gershowitz’s editorial “Plus ça change” “In the Time of Daily Magic,” author Alice Hoffman’s tribute to Edward Eager (and Eager’s own tribute to E. Nesbit) The Harvard Crimson‘s article “For the Kids: Children’s and YA literature in […]

The merry month of May: May events in and around Boston

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May is here, and so are lots of not-to-be-missed events! Here’s a highlight reel; for even more great events and all the details, see our event calendar. May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Friend of the Horn Book and former intern Kazia will be presenting at the third annual “Pippi to Ripley: Gender and Sexualities […]

Solve the Outbreak app review

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Work your way up the Center for Disease Control’s ranks from trainee to master “disease detective” by uncovering the causes of disease outbreaks in Solve the Outbreak (CDC, 2013). Every chapter presents background on a fictionalized outbreak and five clues, each followed by a multiple choice question to narrow down the outbreak’s source. The clues […]

Signs of springtime: construction

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A late addition to our “signs of springtime” list: ’tis the season for construction! This is right near our office on The Fenway, but cranes are popping up like crocuses all over Boston. Here are some recent construction books for preschool- and early primary-aged kids (particularly vehicle-obsessed ones!), recommended by The Horn Book Magazine. Jonathan […]

Spring has sprung (at last!)

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In Boston we’re still having as many chilly days as nice ones, but spring is indisputably (finally) here… and the the winter of our public transit discontent is a distant-ish memory. (The MBTA kindly gave free rides all day Friday to thank passengers for their patience during the winter. For more on that mess, see […]

Week in Review, April 20th-24th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the May/June issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Apples to Elephants: Artists in Animation” by Betsy Bird (aka Fuse #8) Children’s Books Boston is now on Facebook — come say hi! Over at YouTube, Roger talks about attending the ALSC/CBC Day of Diversity Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: I Don’t […]

Please pass the beignets

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In our upcoming May/June issue, we review two nonfiction books starring jazz greats from the Big Easy: How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz and Trombone Shorty.    Now I’m nostalgic for NOLA, particularly its incredible live music scene! I can’t wait to get back to Frenchmen St. The annual — and beloved — New Orleans […]

WWF Together app review

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With Earth Day‘s 45th anniversary celebration yesterday, it seems a good time to review the World Wildlife Fund’s lovely awareness-raising app WWF Together (2013). The app introduces sixteen endangered species from around the world, each characterized with a quality emphasizing its uniqueness: e.g., panda (“charisma”), elephant (“intelligence”), marine turtle (“longevity”), tiger (“solitude”). Each animal receives […]

Happy Earth Day!

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It’s Earth Day! To celebrate, we’ve updated our Earth Day reading list with new books about the beauty of our world and ways to help protect it, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine. Check ’em out, then let us know what you’re reading today in the comments.