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Family ties

Maya Angelou wrote, “Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.” For many teens, adolescence includes contending with changing sibling relationships. Four new novels explore the joys and challenges of these shifting dynamics. Suzette and Lionel, the protagonists of Brandy Colbert’s Little & Lion, are close teen step-siblings in a happy, blended, […]

Week in Review, July 31st – August 4th

This week on hbook.com… Preview the September/October 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine September/October starred reviews For our BGHB at 50 celebration: Five questions for 2016 BGHB Committee Chair Joanna Rudge Long Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Bulldozer Helps Out by Candace Fleming; illus. by Eric Rohmann Fiction: The Emperor’s Ostrich by Julie Berry Nonfiction: […]

Week in Review, July 24th-28th

This week on hbook.com… For our BGHB at 50 celebration: Sherman Alexie’s 2008 BGHB Fiction Award speech for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Now by Antoinette Portis Fiction: Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali Nonfiction: Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee! by Andrea J. Loney; illus. […]

Tiggly Chef: Addition app review

Tiggly’s educational apps can be played alone or with the corresponding Tiggly-brand silicone counting, letter, or shape toys. The engaging Tiggly Chef: Addition (2014; iOS and Android) makes a natural follow-up to Tiggly Adventure, inviting you to add numbers up to ten in combinations of units. Select the first level from the menu, and an […]

Week in Review, July 17th-21st

This week on hbook.com… From the July/August 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: BGHB at 50: “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Hamilton?: M. C. Higgins, the Great“ by Kathleen T. Horning Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Fox Wish by Kimiko Aman; illus. by Komako Sakai Fiction: Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder; illus. by Emily […]

Week in Review, July 10th-14th

This week on hbook.com… July/August 2017 Letters to the Editor and Response by Roger Sutton 2fer From The Guide: “Darkly Funny YA” (May/June 2017) and “#goodtrouble” (July/August 2017) July’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: 5Q for Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise, summery picture books, intermediate stories about kids creating family for themselves, middle-school […]

Rain, rain, go away

Tut-tut, it looks like rain! It’s a grey, wet week in Boston. The rain does make a nice break from the heat — but it can also result in stir-crazy kids. These books for preschool and primary children will help brighten up a rainy day. The following books were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine […]

July’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter

July’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter has 5Q for author Kate Klise and illustrator M. Sarah Klise on their latest picture book collaboration, Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List. More goodness in this issue: new picture books that capture the mood of summertime fun intermediate novels in which child characters define their […]

On our own

Children make their own homes and families in these middle-grade novels. The stories range in tone from zany to poignant and highlight important elements of any family dynamic: love, loyalty, understanding, and, once in a while, cookies for dinner. For more on how child characters define their own versions of “home” in fiction, look for […]

Week in Review, July 3rd-7th

This week on hbook.com… Given the holiday, it’s been a bit of a quiet week at the office, but here’s what we’ve been up to (besides eating ice cream)! From the July/August 2017: Special Issue: ALA Awards of The Horn Book Magazine: Table of Contents Editorial: “Aiming High” Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Stay: A Girl, a […]