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April’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter

No bull: in this month’s newsletter Elissa Gershowitz has five questions for author David Elliott about his job as a cucumber washer, Poseidon’s potty mouth, and whether we’ll get to see Bull: The Musical. In this issue you’ll also find: • more YA retellings of old tales • picture books about small acts of kindness […]

With a little help from their friends

We could all use a reminder that there is kindness in the world — as well as a reminder to extend kindness to others. These new picture books for young children show how small gestures of generosity can make a big difference. A woman bakes a special batch of red heart-shaped cookies and sends them […]

Week in Review, April 3rd-7th

This week on hbook.com… Preview the May/June 2017 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Humor May/June 2017 starred reviews Spring 2017 Horn Book Guide cover revealed Peter H. Reynolds Talks with Roger via video Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz; illus. by Sydney Smith — plus a Q&A for […]

Shake the Tree app review

Minibombo/Fox & Sheep’s new app Shake the Tree (March 2017; iOS only) offers preschoolers a slight but very funny interactive wordless story. Swipe rapidly back and forth to shake a very springy tree trunk at the screen’s center. With enough shaking, an animal or grouping of animals will fall out of the foliage. These creatures […]

Week in Review, March 27th-31st

This week on hbook.com… “The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: A Conversation with Kathleen T. Horning” by Martha V. Parravano Peter H. Reynolds VIDEO Talks with Roger Amy Sarig King Talks with Roger Editor Sarah Pieters Talks with Roger Women’s History Month, Week 5 World Autism Awareness Week and Autism Acceptance/Awareness Month Reviews of the Week: Picture […]

Week in Review, March 20th-24th

This week on hbook.com… Board Book Roundup: Going-to-bed books March’s Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book: Women in STEAM, spring into poetry, environmental activism, kids and computing, collective biographies Women’s History Month, Week 4 Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Short Stories for Little Monsters by Marie-Louise Gay Fiction: Bull by David Elliott  Nonfiction: Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and […]

Pili Pop: Español app review

In Pili Pop Labs‘ immersive language-learning apps, you play a cute alien creature who has just landed on Earth and needs to acquire human language — fast. I gave Pili Pop: Español (2015; iOS and Android) a try to brush up on my (rusty) Spanish. Vocabulary (numbers, clothing, animals, fruits, body parts, etc.) is presented […]

Board Book Roundup: Winter 2017 Edition: Bedtime Books

This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. Good Night, My Darling Baby by Alyssa Satin Capucilli; […]

Another look at “A Second Look”

Rereading a favorite book from childhood can be a bittersweet experience. Part of what’s so fulfilling about the practice of rereading is that you’re a different reader each time. Your increased knowledge of the story, literature at large, yourself, and/or the world makes subsequent readings of the same story and the same characters richer. On […]

A Second Look: The Egypt Game

I was in second grade the first time I went to Egypt. Every Friday, I took a bus to another elementary school across town in order to attend a Gifted and Talented Education program. Once a week, I lived a separate school life, at a different campus with a different teacher and different friends. My […]