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Week in Review, January 16th – 20th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… The 2017 Calling Caldecott winners are here! Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017 Making a Difference, Week 3 Letter to the Editor from Tracy Aitken, January/February 2017, and Response from Roger Sutton Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Storm Whale in Winter by Benji Davies Fiction: Almost Autumn by Marianne Kaurin; trans. […]

Busy Shapes app review

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Busy Shapes (Edoki Academy, 2014; iOS only) is an engaging sorting and problem-solving app based on the work of education expert Jean Piaget. The app begins with a simple matching exercise: drag a shape to the same-shaped hole and drop it in. These brightly colored shapes represent physical objects such as blocks, sponges, flowers, and […]

Week in Review, January 9th-13th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Big news: 2017 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction and Sydney Taylor Book Awards announced Calling Caldecott’s Mock Caldecott voting process began this week! See the results of the initial ballot, and vote now in round 2! January’s Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Andrea Davis Pinkney, snowy-day picture books, […]

Audio bedtime stories…for grownups

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In this week’s Family Reading post “Go to sleep, my little darling,” Kristy Pasquariello discusses how audiobooks help her young children settle down and prepare to sleep. I read her thoughts with interest: in addition to lots of daytime listening, I’ve been using audiobooks at bedtime for years, beginning long after childhood. Just like Kristy and […]

January’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter

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A new year means a new newsletter! This time around we chat with Andrea Davis Pinkney about her new Ezra Jack Keats biography, A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day. You’ll also find • more snowy-day picture books • chapter books with determined everygirl heroines […]

They can do it!

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Primary readers will cheer these determined everygirl heroines as they face — and conquer — relatable challenges, from learning a new language to speaking up to clueless parents. Author Jacqueline Kelly first introduced readers to aspiring naturalist/veterinarian Callie in the middle-grade novels The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate and The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate. Now […]

Week in Review, January 2nd-6th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… January/February 2017 Horn Book Magazine Table of Contents and Editorial: “She’s With Us” January 2017: Making a Difference Remembering Judith Ortiz Cofer and Marilyn Sachs Wise words from the 2016 BGHB winners: all winners’ and honorees’ acceptance speeches, plus M. T. Anderson’s HBAS keynote “Outside the Box” Boston-area events for January […]

Little Kitten app review

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I admit, I am a total sucker for all things cat-related. But Fox & Sheep’s new app Little Kitten (Fox & Sheep in partnership with Squeakosaurus, January 2017; iOS only) has a lot going for it besides the cute-kitty factor. A brief (and optional) wordless video introduces our hero, a gray tabby kitten left on […]

Boston-area events for January

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Celebrate a new year of great reads with authors and fellow book-lovers at many events coming up this month! Here’s a small sampling of what January holds; see our event calendar for all details and even more events. The movie adaptation of Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls opens on Friday, January 6th. YA author and […]

2016 in review

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Happy New Year! We hope your year is full of great reads and good friends. Before we ring in 2017, though, let’s take a look back at 2016 — we had a very busy year! BGHB 2016 coverage Fanfare 2016 ALA 2016 coverage Remembering children’s lit Great Ladies Lois Duncan, Anna Dewdney, and Natalie Babbitt; […]