July Notes

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In this month’s Notes from the Horn Book, we chat with author Varian Johnson about his tightly plotted novel The Great Greene Heist — and his favorite heist movies! You’ll also find • more middle-school capers • pet picture books • primary nature nonfiction • dragons and witches in YA fantasy Read the issue online […]

One to watch: Sarah Ann Loreth

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My dance troupe just had a photoshoot with the super-talented Sarah Ann Loreth, a photographer and digital artist I consider a rising star. I mean, check out this gorgeousness: Imagine my excitement when I came across Susan Vaught’s book Insanity (Bloomsbury, February 2014), with Sarah’s disquieting photography on the cover, on our shelves. Sarah’s photos […]

Week in Review, June 30th-July 4th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… We mourn the loss of Walter Dean Myers. Click here for articles by and about this great author. We celebrate the winners of the 2014 ALA Awards! From the July/August 2014 special ALA Awards issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “A Profile of Brian Floca” by Richard Jackson “A Profile of […]

Science in your backyard

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Outdoor play can double as an opportunity for learning about the natural world. These four nonfiction picture books may inspire readers to look more closely at the wildlife in their own neighborhoods. In Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey, author Loree Griffin Burns explores the life cycle of butterflies alongside the work of a […]

World War I Interactive app review

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World War I Interactive (2012) is part of Touchzing Media‘s interactive history app series (other entries cover the American Revolution, the Civil War, WWII, the Vietnam War, general American history, and the lives of Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi). Since my own WWI knowledge comes largely from Downton Abbey and Legends of the Fall, I […]

July kidlit events

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Summer reading events abound and many museums offer free admission — make the most of your July with these great events in and around Boston! See our monthly event calendar or click on the event links below for all the details. The Shrewsbury Public Library will host its annual Summer Reading Carnival with author and […]

Week in Review, June 23rd – 27th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… At the ALA Annual Conference in Vegas? Come by booth #829 to say hi! From the July/August 2014 special ALA Awards issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Editorial: “Don’t Speak!“ Roger questions ALSC’s new confidentiality policy — and ALSC President Starr LaTronica responds. What are your thoughts? The 2014 Mind the […]

Ngurrara: A Ngarluma Story app review

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Interactive graphic novel Ngurrara: A Ngarluma Story (written by Tyson Mowarin and illustrated by Stu Campbell; Yijala Yala/BighART, 2013) introduces users to the history of the Ngarluma, the indigenous people of the Burrup Peninsula in north western Australia, and of Murujuga, one of the world’s oldest and most extensive petroglyph sites now threatened by industry […]

2014 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals announced

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The 2014 winners of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals — the UK’s Newbery and Caldecott equivalents — were announced on Monday. The awards are presented annually by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). Kevin Brooks was awarded the Carnegie Medal, recognizing “the writer of an outstanding book for children,” for his […]

Week in Review, June 16th-20th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Freedom Summer Reading 2014 Summer Reading Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom written by Angela Johnson; 
illus. by E. B. Lewis — plus a Q&A for the author here Fiction: Chasing the Milky Way by Erin E. Moulton Nonfiction: A Pond Full […]