WWF Together app review

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With Earth Day‘s 45th anniversary celebration yesterday, it seems a good time to review the World Wildlife Fund’s lovely awareness-raising app WWF Together (2013). The app introduces sixteen endangered species from around the world, each characterized with a quality emphasizing its uniqueness: e.g., panda (“charisma”), elephant (“intelligence”), marine turtle (“longevity”), tiger (“solitude”). Each animal receives […]

Happy Earth Day!

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It’s Earth Day! To celebrate, we’ve updated our Earth Day reading list with new books about the beauty of our world and ways to help protect it, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine. Check ’em out, then let us know what you’re reading today in the comments.

Week in Review, April 13th-17th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Rebecca Stead will be back for the 2015 BGHB award announcements at BEA! Pam Muñoz Ryan Talks with Roger Not on our site, but worth a read: author Marion Dane Bauer on “The Payoff of a Lonely Childhood” (inspired by Roger’s March/April 2015 editorial “The Difference That Made Them“) Reviews of […]

Update: Francisco and Robert Jiménez School

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Back in February I interviewed my mom Gretchen, who’s an instructional aide in Southern California’s Santa Maria–Bonita School District, about her campaign to name the district’s newest elementary school in honor of Dr. Francisco Jiménez. Dr. Jiménez is an author, recipient of a 1998 BGHB Award, and an alum of the area’s schools. And, as […]

Money, money, money, money

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The up side of Tax Day? It’s a good opportunity to talk to kids about developing smart money sense. (Check out this successful young entrepreneur!) These engaging nonfiction books on the history of money and money management, recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide, should help. Picture Books Why does everybody […]

Take me out to the ballgame

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Play ball! Baseball season has officially opened (go Red Sox!). Here are some of our favorite baseball-themed books from recent years, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide.   Picture Books Straight man Abbott is a tall brown bear and befuddled Costello is a short white bunny in Who’s on First?, a picture-book […]

Week in Review, April 6th-10th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Starred reviews coming up in the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine April’s Notes newsletter: 5Q for Nikki Grimes, primary poetry, bird picture books, grrl-power intermediate fiction, and gritty YA starring teen boys Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Dinosaur vs. Mommy by Bob Shea Fiction: The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall […]

Hat Monkey app review

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Let me say straight out that I don’t like monkeys. But I set my personal primate feelings aside to look at app Hat Monkey (2014), trusting in both creator Chris Haughton and developer Fox & Sheep — whose Nighty Night I liked a lot — to provide an enjoyable experience. Happily, the breakdancing, “meep-meep!”-ing Monkey soon […]

Boston-area kidlit events for April: seeing stars

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There are a ton of star-studded children’s lit events coming up later this month in the Boston area. Here are some highlights: Mother-and-daughter team Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple will read and sign their new picture book You Nest Here with Me at The Blue Bunny in Dedham on Saturday, April 11th, at […]

April’s Notes issue

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In our April edition of Notes from the Horn Book, we’re celebrating National Poetry Month by chatting with poet Nikki Grimes about her new picture book, Poems in the Attic. Other goodies in this issue: more poetry books for primary and intermediate readers spring-y picture books about birds grrl-power intermediate and middle-school fiction YA about […]