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Week in Review, July 4th-8th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… We’re celebrating the 2016 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators!  “2015 in Review: The Year in Words” by Elizabeth Bird “2015 in Review: The Year in Pictures” by Julie Danielson “2016 Mind the Gap Awards“: the books that didn’t win at ALA “ALA and Harry Potter” and “ALA Extras” on […]

Sago Mini Forest Flyer app review

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My colleagues and I are big Sago Mini fans, and we’re slowly working our way through the developer’s entire oeuvre. Next up, an oldie but a goodie: Forest Flyer (2013), another exploratory play app in the mold of Ocean Swimmer and Fairy Tales. Choose a spring day or a wintry (vaguely Christmas-y) one to explore. […]

Week in Review: June 27th-July 1st

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… All week we’ve been celebrating the 2016 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators. Here are the winners’ acceptance speeches and profiles; stay tuned for more next week! Matt de la Peña’s Newbery acceptance speech for Last Stop on Market Street Profile of Matt de la Peña by Jennifer Buehler “Becoming […]

Lots of ALA 2016 love

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All week we’ve been celebrating the 2016 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators. Here are the winners’ acceptance speeches and profiles; stay tuned for more next week! Newbery Medal: Matt de la Peña’s Newbery acceptance speech for Last Stop on Market Street Profile of Matt de la Peña by Jennifer Buehler “Becoming ‘A Better […]

Week in Review, June 20th-24th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Christopher Myers’s powerful essay “Orlando”: “We walk in, by ones or twos, flash IDs, and smiles. If you are lucky the dance floor is already crowded and you can simply slip between the sounds, into the movement…” From the July/August Horn Book Magazine: Table of Contents Roger Sutton’s editorial “Last Stop, […]

While the cat’s away, take 2

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It’s that time of year again: all our “grown-up” colleagues are away, variously attending ALA, working from home, or on vacation (eat some beignets for us, Kitty!). Even our fellow millennials are off gallivanting in exciting places. Shoshana, intern Courtney, and I are holding down the (book) fort with the second annual — but equally […]

Toca Dance app review

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So, you think you can dance? Bust a move with Toca Dance (March 2016). Much like Siân’s fave Toca Band, this latest Toca Boca app is weird and wonderful, with an emphasis on creative, exploratory play. (I also love the quieter Toca Nature.) First choose your performers, then outfit them with costumes and accessories. Then […]

Week in Review, June 13th-17th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… We were saddened to learn of author Lois Duncan’s death this week. Roger remembers her For LGBT Pride Month, we’re highlighting articles about LGBTQIA+ characters and children’s book luminaries — one a day throughout June. This week’s picks: “Transformers: Reimagining the World” by Malinda Lo (May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine: Special […]

Ain’t no party like a Sendak party…

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…’cause a Sendak party’s full of Wild Things.* Last weekend Roger attended a celebration of the life of Maurice Sendak, on the occasion of what would have been the incomparable author/illustrator’s 88th birthday. He brought back a few Sendak-themed party favors to share with the office: If you, too, miss the “King of All the […]

LumiKids Beach app review

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Wanna go to the beach? Great — grab your iPad! Using the same approachable format as LumiKids Backyard and LumiKids Snow, LumiKids Beach (Lumos Labs, June 2015) provides a side-scrolling scene of a beach with six activity “stations.” These include three instant-gratification, tap-to-play activities (matching a child or a friendly monster-child to a coordinating toy/accessory, […]