Beatlemania! A Beatles booklist


Yesterday, February 9th, marked the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles’ famous Ed Sullivan Show performance — their first U.S. appearance and the beginning of the British Invasion. Here, from us to you, is a list of Beatle-centric books recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide. Primary In The Beatles Were Fab […]

I can do it myself!

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Preschool is all about gaining independence, and preschoolers aren’t afraid to let you know it. The protagonists of these new picture books test boundaries, learn big-kid tasks, and even begin to help others — all familiar experiences for preschoolers acquiring agency. The ten little rabbit siblings from Anita Lobel’s 10 Hungry Rabbits are back in […]

Horn Book Week in Review, February 3rd–7th

Week in Review

This week on… Calling Caldecott bloggers bid readers all a fond farewell — for now Roger announces March/April 2014 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews Black History Month booklist Review of the Week: How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson, illus. by Hadley Hooper Calling Caldecott: postmortems on the 2014 Caldecott by committee members Travis […]

Olympics booklist

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The opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are happening as I type! Here are some of our favorite Olympics-centric titles — covering winter and summer sports; fiction and nonfiction; biographies of Olympic athletes and stories of would-be Olympic animals — all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book […]

Boston children’s lit events for February

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Brr! What’s better to get you through a snow day than a good book? Head to one of these events to get a loved one (or yourself) a signed copy, then snuggle in someplace warm. Be sure to check our monthly events calendar for all the details. To celebrate Black History Month, local author Michelle […]

Horn Book Week in Review, January 27th-31st

Week in Review

This week on… All ALA, all the time! our award roundup and reviews of the winners Calling Caldecott bloggers Martha and Robin react to the announcement some potential contenders for next year’s Caldecott an invitation to a panel entitled “Why Did THAT Book Win?” on February 13th (plus heated discussion of the award winners […]

Happy Year of the Horse!

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The celebration of Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, begins today! Eat some dumplings and share one of these books for young readers, recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide, which feature the holiday. (And go celebrate with author/illustrator Grace Lin at the Carle Museum tomorrow!) Picture books […]

RIP, Pete Seeger


Great singer-songwriter/activist Pete Seeger died on Monday at the age of ninety-four. Here are a few picture book versions of his folk songs, reviewed in The Horn Book Guide. In Turn! Turn! Turn!: Words from Ecclesiastes, Wendy Anderson Halperin illustrates Seeger’s Ecclesiastes-inspired folk song with delicate watercolor and pencil art depicting nature, feelings, folk causes, […]

Horn Book Week in Review, January 20th-24th

Week in Review

This week on… Lots of big news: Roger, wearing his committee-chair hat, announced the winner of the 2014 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Calling Caldecott has announced the winner of its 2014 Mock Caldecott vote. The Horn Book offices are moving to the Simmons College campus. Review of the Week: The Mad Potter: […]

Wee Alphas: Find Your Special Letter app review

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Developer Wee Society’s alphabet app Wee Alphas: Find Your Special Letter (2012) is “designed to encourage positive interactions between preschoolers and grown-ups” in addition to supporting pre-literacy skills. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by an animal whose species and name correspond to that letter, e.g., Eli the elephant, Sidney the squirrel. The menagerie […]