Reading rainbow? Not quite

purple books

Yo, Marsala, I’m happy for you, I’ma let you finish — but Eggplant is the real Color of the Year. At least according to this entire shelf of purple-jacketed books.

Week in Review, February 9th-13th

Week in Review

This week on… Starred reviews, March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine February Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Lucy Cousins, outside-the-box concept books, PB bios about African American music icons, intermediate historical fiction, YA about sleazy corporations Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Count with Maisy, Cheep, Cheep, Cheep! by Lucy Cousins Fiction: I Was Here […]

New swag!

ballet cat tote

“Katie! There’s a pretty package for you!” Martha said this morning when the mail arrived. For me? Sure enough, the holographic, hot pink package was addressed to me, and inside was… a galley of Bob Shea’s early reader Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret (Disney-Hyperion, May 2015), a super-cute tote bag, and a letter addressed […]

Most popular boys’ names 2025?


I read a lot of supernatural romance YA — for the Mag, for the Guide, and for fun — and I’ve been noticing how many dreamy guys in recent series are named either Jared or Cole. Bonus points for a Jared/Cole in a love triangle with the female protagonist, or if the protagonist and said […]


russell-brown_little melba

These new picture-book biographies of African American music pioneers give primary readers something to sing about during Black History Month — and all year long. Seven-year-old Melba Liston chose to learn to play the trombone — an unconventional choice for a girl. By age seventeen, she was touring alongside the jazz greats. As a female […]

Bad company

myers_on a clear day

Conspiracy theory or everyday life? These new YA novels — three thrillers and one dark comedy — star teen protagonists finding their places in worlds manipulated by not-so-scrupulous corporations. Walter Dean Myers‘s posthumously published On a Clear Day takes place in 2035. The Central Eight (C-8) companies rule everything, enriching themselves while the rest of […]

Week in Review, February 2nd-6th

Week in Review

This week on… ALA coverage roundup ALA Awards 2015: Horn Book reviews of the winners From the January/February 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “What Makes a Good Acceptance Speech?” Calling Caldecott: “Live from Chicago! It’s Robin” “Caldecott Award live” “Live from Chicago, cont.” “Caldy swag” “Beekle wins 2015 Caldecott Medal” “Wednesday Morning […]

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs app review

pterosaurs menu

Though the American Museum of Natural History‘s Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs exhibit closed a few weeks ago, those of us who missed it can learn about these fascinating animals with the associated app (2014). The first section, “What Is a Pterosaur?,” introduces this prehistoric creature, which lived for 150 million years, going […]

Caldecott-fandom crossovers, pt. 2


Well, I guess I’m flying my fangirl flag high on OOTB these days. After last week’s Sam & Dean post and Monday’s ALA Youth Media Awards announcements, I’m back with another “I can’t be the only one…” situation. Is it just me, or does unimaginary friend Beekle look a lot like the Adipose babies from […]

Week in Review, January 26th-30th

Week in Review

This week on… 2015 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction winner and honor books Calling Caldecott’s mock Caldecott vote winner and honor books From the January/February Horn Book Magazine:  “What Makes a Good Math Storybook?” by Audrey Quinlan “From The Guide: Math Picture Books“ January’s issue of Nonfiction Notes: Black History Month, presidents and […]