Hunger Games Week


In honor of the release of Mockingjay Part 2 — the final installment of the Hunger Games movie franchise — we’ve got a full week of Hunger Games–related content for you! We kick things off with Siân’s off-the-wall theme park ideas inspired by news of the coming Hunger Games amusement park. Stay tuned for Mockingjay […]

Week in Review, November 30th-December 4th

Week in Review

This week on… Fanfare 2015: Our choices for the best books of the year Preview the January/February 2016 Horn Book Magazine issue (with cover art by Marla Frazee) Starred reviews, January/February Horn Book Magazine Kevin Henkes Talks with Roger What Makes a Good Preschool Book? newsletter: 5Q for Tomie dePaola; recommended PS titles on […]

Goldilocks and Little Bear app review

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It’s not exactly news that I love Nosy Crow’s apps, particularly their fairy-tale series (see our reviews of The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Snow White). The latest in the series, Goldilocks and Little Bear (November 2015), makes the most of the app format. Choose from “Read […]

Week in Review, November 23rd-27th

Week in Review

This week on… November’s Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book: world religions, natural history, medicine and diseases, space and space exploration, food and cooking Love for Christopher Myers’s 2013 article “Young Dreamers.” Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Lost. Found. by Marsha Diane Arnold; 
illus. by Matthew Cordell Fiction: Flop to the Top! by Eleanor Davis […]

Week in review, November 16th-20th

Week in Review

This week on… Ellen Wittlinger’s article “Parrotfish Needed an Update: The Rapidly Changing Language of Transgender Awareness” Jennifer Donnelly Talks with Roger Holiday High Notes 2015 “From the Guide: Comics for Middle Graders” from Twitter friend Eti Berland: a class lesson based on “Comics Are Picture Books: A (Graphic) Novel Idea” by Elisa and […]

Sago Mini Friends app review

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In Sago Mini Friends (2014), you choose to play as one of five brightly colored animal characters: an orange cat, a brown dog, a blue rabbit, a red bird, and a purple…guinea pig? You then float downward and land gently in a neighborhood of four pastel houses — occupied, of course, by the four other […]

The POW! of the turning of the page

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I was super-stoked to attend a live taping of The Nerdist Writers’ Panel podcast at local indie bookstore Brookline Booksmith on Saturday. The special guest was Joe Hill, one of my favorite adult authors. He’s published three horror-ish novels (including Horns, which in 2013 was made into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe), a short story […]

Week in review, November 9th-13th

Week in Review

This week on… November’s Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Tim Wynne-Jones, YA about boys facing big issues, nonfiction PBs about all kinds of families, chapter books adventures, middle-school audiobooks Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Elephant in the Dark: Based on a Poem by Rumi retold by Mina Javaherbin; 
illus. by Eugene […]

Lights, camera, chapter books!

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These lighthearted outings for early primary readers offer adventures both everyday (a run-in with a teacher, a classmate rivalry) and extraordinary (a dog’s rise to superstardom and…a ghost raccoon sighting). In Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing’s Flop to the Top!, young Wanda is a superstar — in her own mind. After posting a selfie taken […]

Week in Review, November 2nd-6th

Week in Review

This week on… From the November/December 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “An Interview with Kate DiCamillo“ “Comics Are Picture Books: A (Graphic) Novel Idea“ Jodi Lynn Anderson Talks with Roger November Boston-area children’s lit events Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Tiptoe Tapirs by Hanmin Kim Fiction: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and […]