Geography Drive Arcade app review

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Spinlight Studio’s Geography Drive Arcade app (2013) quizzes users on their United States geography knowledge in an engaging way. The app has six sections: Study Map: This streamlined map of the U.S. shows the states color-coded by region, with all fifty capitals marked and labeled. Tap each state to go in-depth, accessing a page where […]

Week in Review, January 12th-15th

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This week on hbook.com… January’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: 5Q for A. S. King, fierce females, snowy days, series for the elementary set, and graphic-novel memoirs Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers Fiction: Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A. S. King Nonfiction: Turning 15 on the Road […]

Nighty Night! app review

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As Fox and Sheep‘s bedtime app Nighty Night! (2012) opens, the screen pans across a view of a little town. One by one the lights in houses’ windows go out, but the farmhouse’s lights still blaze. Tap them to explore inside and around the house, along the way discovering friendly animals: a duck, a hen […]

The first Notes of the year

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In January’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book, Jennifer Brabander asks Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future author A. S. King about that bat and lots more. You’ll also find: more fierce female YA protagonists snowy-day picture books intermediate series graphic-novel memoirs Read the issue online or subscribe to receive the monthly Notes from […]

Graphic-novel memoirs

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The creators of these graphic-novel memoirs use words and pictures to revisit experiences from their youth. Their work relates sometimes-difficult, sometimes-comical stories with poignancy, bittersweet humor, and expressive art. At the age of four, in 1975, Cece Bell contracted meningitis, leaving her severely to profoundly deaf. In her characterful, often amusing graphic-novel memoir El Deafo, […]

Philip Pullman’s “The Collectors”

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It’s been quite some time since fans of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series have had any new… well, material… to sate us. After the trilogy — The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass — concluded in 2000, Pullman briefly returned to the universe in Lyra’s Oxford (2003) and Once Upon a […]

Week in Review, January 5th-9th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… All 2014 BGHB Award acceptance speeches From the January/February issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Barbara Bader’s “A Second Look: The Planet of Junior Brown“ Upcoming kidlit events in the Boston area Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: First Snow by Peter McCarty Fiction: The Darkest Part of the Forest by […]

Bellydance Evolution: Alice in Wonderland

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You may be wondering, “What the heck does bellydancing have to do with children’s books?” Having seen Bellydance Evolution’s production of Alice in Wonderland on Wednesday night, I can assure you that the two do play together nicely when brought together in a thoughtful way. According to the mission statement on their site, dance company […]

Boston-area events for January 2015

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Happy New Year! Here is a (very long) list of events to look forward to in the first weeks of 2015. Tonight, January 8th, at 5:00 pm, join the Odyssey Bookshop for a mermaid party to celebrate the release of Jennifer Donnelly’s Rogue Wave, the second entry in her Waterfire fantasy saga. The Writers’ Loft […]

Boston KidLit Book Exchange

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In the Boston area and looking to either offload children’s/YA books or pick some up for your library? You’re in luck: Boston KidLit Drink Night founders Sam Musher, Jennie Simopoulos, and Kimberly Huynh have just launched the Boston KidLit Exchange to help match up donors with recipient libraries. According to the Exchange’s site, “We’re here […]