Maybe it’s just me…

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…but is this cover reminiscent of this cover? In his March/April 2014 article “What Makes a Good Book Cover?” Thom Barthelmess praises the Grasshopper Jungle cover’s “iconic simplicity,” which “piques our curiosity” with its compelling minimalism. The same can certainly be said of Woman‘s cover art…but for a different reason!

Piccadilly’s Circus app review

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Developer Ink Robin‘s Piccadilly’s Circus (2012) is a showstopper of a storybook app. The human and animal performers of Piccadilly’s Circus are “a happy bunch who always got along (even first thing in the morning).” But the claws come out, so to speak, when ringmaster Mr. Piccadilly must take a sick day. Each performer feels […]

Notes from the Horn Book, Birds and the Bees edition

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First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall…   Read our 5Q interview with Sophie Blackall in the May 2014 issue of Notes. In this month’s issue you’ll also find • more picture books featuring sibling relationships • funny chapter book series entries • nonfiction apps • YA about […]

Week in Review, May 5th–9th

Week in Review

This week on… Roger Sutton’s NYT article “Slumber Party: Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Songs and More” From the May/June 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Words for Flora’s Mother (and Other Imperfect Parents)” by Megan Dowd Lambert Recommended reading for Cinco de Mayo Last call for BGHB Award submissions Reviews of the Week: […]

Digital fun and learning

i love mountains app

Nonfiction apps and e-books can be excellent tools to supplement classroom learning or independent research. These four interactive offerings — three science, one poetry — engage young users as they educate. Cute kid Sloan Graham, the bear-suit-clad main character of I Love Mountains, has a passionate interest in the titular landforms. Over nineteen interactive pages, […]

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Nino Wrestles the World

It’s Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate by sharing these books starring the holiday itself, Mexican and Mexican American protagonists, and the Spanish language — all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide. (For more recommended Spanish-language and bilingual books, click here.) Picture books In Alma Flor Ada’s Let Me Help! / ¡Quiero […]

Week in Review, April 28th-May 2nd

Week in Review

This week on… From the May/June 2014 Harriet at 50 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Table of contents Editorial: “The Man with the Purple Socks“ “There’s Something About Islands” by Printz Medalist Marcus Sedgwick Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle; illus. by G. Brian Karas Fiction: […]

Boston-area children’s lit events for May

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May: baseball season is in full swing (har-har), Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and graduations are beginning. Make sure you squeeze a few of these great children’s lit–related events into your jam-packed schedule! Check our monthly events calendar for all the details. May is Asian American Heritage Month! Both GrubStreet’s The Muse and the Marketplace […]

Week in Review, April 21st-25th

Week in Review

This week on… From the May/June 2014 Harriet at 50 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “I Spy: Harriet and I” by Newbery medalist Jack Gantos “Writer, Wrestler, Stutterer, Spy” by author/illustrator Megan McDonald “Becoming a Book Detective” by Simmons Center for the Study of Children’s Literature director Cathie Mercier “Fifty Years of Novel Exploits” […]



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