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Apps for morning, noon, and night

fiete day at the farm

Whether following friendly characters through a day of fun or settling users down for sweet dreams, these apps make perfect additions to preschoolers’ own busy days. In Fiete: A Day on the Farm, children help sailor Fiete and his farmer friends, Hein and Hinnerk, throughout their busy day. Users wake the snoring men in the […]

Week in Review, February 1st-5th: Black History Month Week 1

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Black History Month For Black History Month, we’ve selected articles by and/or about African American children’s book luminaries — one a day throughout February, with a roundup on Fridays. This week’s selections: Black History Month 2016 at The Horn Book introduction “Mind the Gaps: Books for ALL Young Readers” by Vaunda […]

LumiKids Snow app review

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It’s rainy, not snowy, in Boston right now, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to explore the winter wonderland that is LumiKids Snow (Lumosity Labs, December 2015). Opening the app, you’re taken to a landscape of white and icy teals, where a friendly seal waits on a small ice floe. Tap to access a […]

Week in Review, January 25th-29th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… January’s Horn Book Herald, special 2016 ALA Awards edition: 5Q for Jerry Pinkney, our reviews of honored books, and lots of web extras January’s Nonfiction Notes: Immigration; customs and lifestyles; inspiring athletes; investigating crime; psychology and mindfulness Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Red Hat by David Teague; 
illus. by Antoinette […]

Week in Review, January 18th-22nd

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the Guide: Spanish-Language and Bilingual Books We’re on Pinterest — come say hi and see our boards! Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Murphy in the City by Alice Provensen Fiction: Ling & Ting: Together in All Weather by Grace Lin Nonfiction: Amazing Places selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins; illus. by Chris […]

Sago Mini Music Box app review

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I’ve been singing Sago Mini’s praises for some time (see my reviews of Ocean Swimmer, Road Trip, Friends, and Fairy Tales, as well as Shoshana’s review of Monsters), and now I have musical accompaniment! Sago Mini Music Box (2014) invites users to join cheerful animal characters to play three familiar tunes. First things first: choose […]

In pictures

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I don’t know about you, but I am addicted to Pinterest. That means I am extra excited to announce that The Horn Book has a brand-new Pinterest account! Come check out our boards at pinterest.com/thehornbook — so far we’ve got Mag and Guide cover galleries, ALA pics, reviews of the week, and Talks with Roger […]

Week in Review, January 11th-15th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Horn Book reviews of the 2016 ALA YMA winners and honor books including Caldecott, Newbery, CSK Author and Illustrator Awards, Belpré, Printz, Sibert, Geisel, Batchelder, and more Photos from the 2016 ALA Midwinter conference January Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Barbara McClintock, movin’ and groovin’ picture books, PS nonfiction […]

Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System app review

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Cats in space? Sign me up! Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System (Minilab Ltd., December 2015), a digital adaptation of Dr. Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman’s 2013 nonfiction book Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space, introduces users to our solar system — with plenty of humor and a retro, space-race vibe. Choose a kitty-cosmonaut (cat-stronaut, if […]

More ALA Midwinter 2016 love

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We’re still recuperating from our amazing, exhausting, whirlwind weekend at ALA Midwinter — how ’bout you? Relive the fun (or live vicariously) with this roundup of our coverage. Horn Book reviews of the ALA YMA winners and honor books including Caldecott, Newbery, CSK Author and Illustrator Awards, Belpré, Printz, Sibert, Geisel, Batchelder, and more Photos […]