Reading for Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

addasi_time to pray

The Islamic month of Ramadan, a solemn holiday of fasting from sunrise to sunset, charity, and additional prayer, begins today. Ramadan ends with the joyous feasting of the Eid al-Fitr celebration. These books for young readers — all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide — can be a part of a child’s holiday […]

Week in Review, June 8th-12th

Week in Review

This week on… Starred reviews coming up in the July/August Horn Book Magazine June’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book: five questions for Ann Bausum on Stonewall, more YA narrative nonfiction, picture books for Father’s Day, summery primary adventures, wacky intermediate audiobooks From the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Transformations: From […]

Endless Spanish app review

endless spanish cover

The cute monsters from Originator‘s Endless Alphabet, Endless Reader, and Endless Numbers are back…en español! Endless Spanish (May 2015) follows much the same format as Endless Reader to teach basic Spanish vocabulary. There are two modes, “Spanish immersion” or “Spanish with English translation.” Begin at A and work through the alphabet to Z, or start […]

Lives and times

kamkwamba_boy who harnessed the wind

The settings of these narrative nonfiction titles span decades and geography — from WWII Denmark to contemporary Malawi — but the issues they explore are incredibly timely. When heavy rains, then drought, devastated his country of Malawi and the corrupt government didn’t respond, young William Kamkwamba used his scientific ingenuity to help people in need. […]

Week in Review, June 1st-5th

Week in Review

This week on… Preview the July/August 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Awards From the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Transformations: Book & Me comics by Charise Mericle Harper “Transformers: Reimagining the World” by Malinda Lo Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Float by Daniel Miyares Fiction: X: A Novel by […]

What retellings tell

carter_bloody chamber

On Monday night I went to Harvard Book Store to hear author/editor/anthologist/publisher Kelly Link speak about Angela Carter’s 1979 short story collection The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories. In May, Penguin Classics rereleased the collection in a 75th anniversary edition (the 75th anniversary of Carter’s birth, that is, not of the book’s original publication) with […]

Save the date! June kidlit events

Jack Gantos

June is a busy, busy, busy month for children’s book aficionados in and around Boston (pretty close to an event a day — whew!) Here are some events you definitely won’t want to miss: NE-SCBWI hosts author Nancy Werlin for a revision workshop entitled “Less is More: Artful Cutting and Shaping” on Sunday, June 7th, […]

Book & Me, Week 5

Book & Me by Charise Mericle Harper

Today we posted the final entry (*sniff!*) in Charise Harper Mericle’s original comics “Book & Me.” We’re sad to bid farewell to irrepressible Book and his erstwhile creator, but I imagine them walking hand-in-hand into the sunset, ready for their next bookish adventure. If you’re not ready to say goodbye, why not start over from […]

Book & Me, Week 4

Book & Me by Charise Mericle Harper

In case you missed them, here is the fourth batch of entries in Charise Mericle Harper’s original “Book & Me” comics series: #15: Greatness can be overwhelming. (Especially other people’s.) #16: Some (possibly questionable) advice on maximizing productivity #17: The care and feeding of new book ideas #18: Breakfast and book inspiration Stay tuned for […]

Week in Review, May 25th-29th

Week in Review

This week on… The 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards were announced on Wednesday! full press release Horn Book reviews of the Picture Book, Fiction, and Nonfiction Award winners and honor books video and pictures of the announcement made by Roger and Rebecca Stead early-bird registration for the 2015 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Transformations […]