Cuckoo’s song


I discovered the podcast “Lore” yesterday, and I’m already eleven episodes in. Created by supernatural thriller author Aaron Mahnke, “Lore” tells real-life stories behind or informed by scary folklore, urban legends, and other creepy tales. Thus far, it’s covered the requisite vampires (this particular case taking place in colonial Massachusetts), werewolves (in medieval Germany), and […]

Week in Review, October 19th-23rd

Week in Review

This week on… Remembering Vera B. Williams (1927–2015) From the November/December 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Field Notes: On Propagating Literacy” Board Book Roundup: Fall 2015 Edition: Halloween An Open Letter from Meg Murry O’Keefe to Marty McFly (for Back to the Future Day) Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Look and […]

Review of Swan


Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder; 
illus. by Julie Morstad Primary, Intermediate   Chronicle   48 pp. 8/15   978-1-4521-1890-1   $17.99 In this exquisite introduction to ballet great Anna Pavlova (1881–1931), the impressionistic text begins the night young Anna goes out into the big city to see The Sleeping Beauty performed. Like the […]

Week in Review, October 12th-16th

Week in Review

This week on… Jodi Lynn Anderson Talks with Roger October’s Notes from the Horn BoooOOOoook: 5Q for Duncan Tonatiuh, plus recommended Halloween reading for all ages Boston Book Fest and other October Boston-area events Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: When Sophie’s Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt by Molly Bang Fiction: The Rest of Us […]

October’s Notes from the Horn BoooOOOOoook

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The October issue of Notes from the Horn Book is here! This month (just in time for El Día de los Muertos!) we’ve got 5Q for Duncan Tonatiuh on Funny Bones, plus (just in time for Halloween): picture book tricks and treats books on mixed-up magic for intermediate readers creepy middle-grade fantasy YA horror short […]

Boston Book Fest and other October Boston-area events

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Somehow it’s almost halfway through October already (how did that happen?!), but we want to make sure that you’ve got the Boston Book Fest and other upcoming book events on your calendar. Here are just a few highlights; check out our events calendar for more details and additional events. On Wednesday, October 14th, at 6:00pm, […]

Pick your poison

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A chilling short story collection, two suspenseful novels, and one book that’s a bit of both: there’s something here for every young adult horror fan. Each of the fourteen short tales of horror in Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, selected by April Genevieve Tucholke, is inspired by at least one other story, film, or song: […]

Week in Review, October 5th-9th

Week in Review

This week on… All BGHB, all the time! 2015 BGHB ceremony timeline 2015 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium timeline Photos from 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and Horn Book at Simmons Read Roger: #BGHB15 #HBAS15 Out of the Box: Siân Has the Best Weekend Ever! Starred reviews, November/December Horn Book Magazine 2015 Horn Boo! […]

Martha Speaks Story Maker app review

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Create customized stories and practice vocabulary with loquacious mutt Martha in PBS Kids’s Martha Speaks Story Maker app (2012). The main section of the app functions as a sort of Martha Speaks–themed MadLibs. Choose from four dog characters — Martha, Skits, Lily, and Pops — for your story’s star, then pick from two settings. These […]

Week in Review, September 28th-October 2nd

Week in Review

This week on… Tonight is the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award ceremony, followed by the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Transformations tomorrow! It’s not too late to join us and meet many of the winners. Preview the November/December 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine Jonathan Stroud Talks with Roger September issue of Nonfiction Notes: […]