Wee Alphas: Find Your Special Letter app review

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Developer Wee Society’s alphabet app Wee Alphas: Find Your Special Letter (2012) is “designed to encourage positive interactions between preschoolers and grown-ups” in addition to supporting pre-literacy skills. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by an animal whose species and name correspond to that letter, e.g., Eli the elephant, Sidney the squirrel. The menagerie […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Day reading

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides an opportunity to reflect not only on the life of the great civil rights leader, but also on how far we’ve come — and how far we still have to go. Below are some recommended books about Dr. King’s legacy to share and discuss. What are your favorite books […]

Have you voted?

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Voting in the second annual Calling Caldecott Mock Caldecott began earlier today! First up is a ballot of the twenty-four-title longlist. Vote for your first, second, and third choices — just like the real Caldecott committee. This ballot will be open until 9 am on Tuesday, January 21st, and results will be posted at noon. […]

Horn Book Week in Review, January 13th-17th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Calling Caldecott’s Mock Caldecott 2014 voting has begun — take a look at the voting schedule, first ballot listing, and explanation of the tallying procedure, then vote! From the January/February 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “From the Guide: Picture Book Builders“ Review of the Week: The Midnight Dress by […]

Kid’s best friends

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We’ve updated our list of recommended books about pets. You’ll find dog (of course!), cat, hamster, and even rhinoceros books for readers from preschool through elementary school. All of the titles were published within the last few years and reviewed in The Horn Book Magazine. No horse books here, I’m afraid, but you can find […]

Recommended pet stories

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The books recommended below, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine, were published within the last several years. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. Picture books Suggested grade level listed with each entry. My Rhinoceros written and illus. by Jon Agee (Scholastic/di Capua) A kid gets a rhinoceros as […]

Jeune filles fatales

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As Elissa and Shara have both noted, YA themes tend to be cyclical. Vampires, zombies, mermaids, cyborgs, even Emily Dickinson devotees have all had — are still having — major upswings in YA. Dia Reeves’s 2011 Slice of Cherry (Simon Pulse) starred sisters Kit and Fancy, who took after their serial killer father. Now with […]

Horn Book Week in Review, January 6th-10th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the January/February 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Anita Burkam asks “What Makes a Good Horse Book?” Teacher and author Monica Edinger calls for a more nuanced depiction of Africa in books for children. January’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book features Newbery/Caldecott award predictions, picture books with […]

January Notes

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The first Notes issue of the new year is here! We asked eight people-in-the-know what they think (or just desperately hope) might win the Newbery and Caldecott Medals. Also in this issue: • around the world in four new picture books • reread-worthy easy readers • nonfiction about scientists and their work • YA novels […]

January children’s lit events in Boston


It’s a little quiet on the events front this month as everyone recuperates from the hectic holidays — and tries to stay warm! Still, there are plenty of upcoming author appearances (and opportunities to workshop that manuscript you resolved to finish). Be sure to check our calendar for more information. Tonight, Wednesday, January 8th, at […]