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Zen Studio app review

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Edoki Academy‘s low-key app Zen Studio (November 2015), a “geometric finger painting app designed to help children relax and focus,” is probably best described as a hybrid of tangrams and coloring (colorgrams?). In the first section, you’re invited to create your own masterpiece. “Paint” with your finger with a wide array of colors on any […]

April Boston-area children’s lit events

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April (snow) showers bring… lots of April book events! Here’s a small sampling; check out our event calendar for all details and even more events in the Boston area. April is National Poetry Month! See the Academy of American Poets website for resources and local event listings. “The Art of Eric Carle: Hide and Seek” […]

Week in Review, March 28th-April 1st

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… To celebrate Roger’s 20th anniversary as The Horn Book’s editor in chief, here are twenty little-known facts about him from his upcoming memoir Sitting in Bertha’s Chair (Update: April Fool! But some of the “facts” are true… See details and Roger’s response) Happy 100th Birthday, Beverly Cleary! We’re celebrating with a […]

Week in Review: March 21st-25th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Have you heard our new podcast? Listen to the fourth (and four-and-a-halfth) episode: 1.4: Special Guest David Hyde Costello and 1.45: Special Material with David Hyde Costello Happy 100th Birthday, Beverly Cleary! We’re celebrating with a series of Cleary appreciations from the March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine. This week’s entry: “Telling […]

Week in Review, March 14th-March 18th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Have you heard our new podcast? Listen to the third episode 1.3: To Kill a Mockingjay Happy 100th Birthday, Beverly Cleary! We’re celebrating with a series of Cleary appreciations from the March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine. This week’s entry: “The Real Ramona” by David Reuther Also from the March/April Horn Book […]

Erin go bragh!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with nonfiction about Ireland and its history, fiction starring Irish and Irish American protagonists, and a little bit of pure blarney, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine.   Picture books In Eve Bunting’s Ballywhinney Girl, Maeve’s grandpa unearths a mummy — common in Ireland, where (a note says) scores […]

Week in Review, March 7th-March 11th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Our new podcast is live! Listen to the first two episodes: 1.1 Social Medias and 1.2 What House Are You? Happy 100th Birthday, Beverly Cleary! We’re celebrating with a series of Cleary appreciations from the March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine. This week’s entries: “Everyone Needs a Ramona” by Kate Messner “Dear […]

Spring into spring with March Notes!

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In the March Notes from the Horn Book newsletter, Kitty Flynn and Martha V. Parravano team up for 5Q for illustrator Laura Dronzek about When Spring Comes (her latest collab with hubby Kevin Henkes). In this issue, you’ll also find: more spring-y picture books new easy-reader and chapter-book characters (who will feel like old friends) […]

Some audiobooks!

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Variously set long ago, far away and right here, right now, these audiobooks deeply engage middle-grade listeners in the struggles — and triumphs — of their protagonists. George, Alex Gino’s middle-grade novel about a transgender girl named George (who secretly thinks of herself as Melissa), gets a remarkable reading from narrator Jamie Clayton, herself transgender. […]

Week in Review, February 29th-March 4th (plus last day of Black History Month 2016)

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. For the final day of February: “A Fine Bookshelf” by Ibi Zoboi (with bonus interview with Rita Williams-Garcia and Edwidge Danticat!) Shortest month of the year #HBBlackHistoryMonth16 […]