babadook poster

A horror movie about an evil children’s book is, understandably, not everyone’s thing. But given that I’m both a horror fan and a big kidlit nerd, I’ve been waiting for Australian indie film The Babadook to hit US theaters since I first saw the trailer online several months ago. Despite its cleaning up at Sundance, […]

Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer app review

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Developer Sago Sago‘s Sago Mini series offers exploration-based game apps (including Forest Flyer, Space Explorer, and Road Trip) for toddlers and early primary users. Explore an ocean full of funny, often fantastical surprises as a cute little fish in Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer (2013). The app opens with a view of the ocean floor, where […]

Fanfare 2014 Notes

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Da-da-da-daaaaaa! It’s here: the Fanfare special edition of Notes is arriving in subscribers’ inboxes right now. We began with a long longlist, then fought it ou— er, cordially discussed the options until we whittled it down to twenty-nine favorites of 2014. With picture books, fiction, folklore, poetry, and nonfiction, there’s something — probably several things […]

Week in Review, December 1st-5th

Week in Review

This week on… Horn Book Fanfare, our choices for the best books of 2014 Starred reviews coming in the January/February 2015 Horn Book Magazine January/February 2015 Horn Book Magazine preview Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle Fiction: Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky Nonfiction: The Right Word: Roget and […]

Special delivery

northsouth advent calendar

We just received this lovely advent calendar — “Christmas in the Square” by Eve Tharlet — in the mail from publisher NorthSouth. What a nice surprise (and a good way to combat my case of the bah-humbugs). Thank you, NorthSouth!

The Human Body app review

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Last week’s edition of Nonfiction Notes offered several recommended books about medicine and the human body (plus books on social change, how things work, indigenous cultures, and geography/cartography). Another resource, TinyBop’s The Human Body app, introduces the human body and its systems through exploratory play. Begin by selecting from four child avatars. The app’s main […]

Kitten envy

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It seems as though all of my friends have new kittens and want to torture me by constantly posting pictures, resulting in a serious case of kitten envy. For various reasons (#1 being my neurotic adult cat), introducing a kitten to my life is not the best plan at the moment, so I’m contenting myself […]

Week in Review, November 24th-28th

Week in Review

This week on… The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 movie review November’s Nonfiction Notes: social change, how things work, indigenous cultures, geography and maps, medicine and the human body Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell Fiction: Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins Nonfiction: Little Melba and 
Her Big […]

Week in Review, November 17th-21st

Week in Review

This week on… Naomi Shihab Nye Talks With Roger Jim Arnosky’s “Remembering Trina Schart Hyman” on the tenth anniversary of her death Congratulations to Jacqueline Woodson on her National Book Award for Brown Girl Dreaming! Here’s our starred review. Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak […]

Jump See Farm app review

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New educational app Jump See Farm (JUMPSEEWOW, October 2014) introduces preschool and primary-age kids to life on several independent rural farms as well as an urban apiary (Best Bees, right here in Boston!). From the main menu, tap on an icon to explore one of six subjects: pig, sheep, dairy cow, chicken, tractor, and bees. […]