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Dancing into 2016 with January’s Notes!

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In January’s edition of Notes from the Horn Book, I had the honor of talking to author/illustrator Barbara McClintock about her latest picture book, Emma and Julia Love Ballet. (Check out that super-cute picture of Barbara in the ballet studio!) You’ll also find: more movin’ and groovin’ picture books preschooler nonfiction about the natural world […]

Five questions for Barbara McClintock

Barbara McClintock

Each of author/illustrator Barbara McClintock’s picture books provides a glimpse into a jewel-box of a world, from bustling early-twentieth-century Paris (Adèle & Simon; Farrar, 4–7 years) to a cozy 1970s mouse-house (Where’s Mommy?, written by Beverly Donofrio; Schwartz & Wade, 4–7 years). Her latest, Emma and Julia Love Ballet (Scholastic, 4–7 years), does the same […]

The world around us

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Preschoolers’ curiosity makes them an ideal audience for books about animals and the natural world. These nonfiction picture books communicate information at a preschool-perfect pace — and with plenty of wonder. In Woodpecker Wham!, author April Pulley Sayre uses a rhyming, sound word–filled text to introduce the distinctively noisy woodpecker and the rhythmic cadences that […]

Review of Emma and Julia Love Ballet

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Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock; 
illus. by the author Preschool, Primary   Scholastic   32 pp. 3/16   978-00-439-89401-2   $16.99   g “Emma wakes up early. Julia wakes up early, too…They both have ballet lessons this morning.” McClintock follows young Emma as she goes to her ballet lesson and professional dancer Julia as she attends company […]

Week in Review, January 4th-8th

Week in Review

This week on… Roger announces the 2016 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction And the 2016 Calling Caldecott winners are… All 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards acceptance speeches and Susan Cooper’s keynote speech (“The World That Changes“) are now available online! January/February 2016 Horn Book Magazine table of contents, including editorial “Climbing the Walls“ […]

January children’s lit events in the Boston area

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Boston is starting 2016 off with a bang. There are a ton of children’s literature related events coming up this month in and around Boston — including ALA Midwinter this weekend! Here are just a few highlights; see our calendar for even more events. ALA’s 2016 Midwinter Meeting begins Friday, January 8th, and runs through […]

Week in Review, December 28th-31st

Week in Review

This week on… We wish you a happy, healthy, and well-read New Year! A look back at The Horn Book’s highlights of 2015 Calling Caldecott begins voting on Monday, January 4th! Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: On the Ball by Brian Pinkney Fiction: City of Halves by Lucy Inglis Nonfiction: Game Changer: John McLendon […]

2015 in review

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Happy New Year! We hope your year is full of great reads. Before we ring in 2016, though, let’s take a look back at 2015 — we had a very busy year! BGHB 2015 Fanfare 2015 ALA 2015 coverage Remembering Marcia Brown, Dorothy Butler, George Nicholson, Mal Peet, Sir Terry Pratchett, and Vera B. Williams […]

Last show and tell of 2015!

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When Out of the Box started over five years ago (!!), it was primarily show-and-tell-type posts: a look at what we literally pulled out of boxes we received. The scope of the blog has widened considerably since then — adding app reviews, movie reviews, event recaps, and lots more — but I still collect notable […]

Week in Review, December 21st-24th

Week in Review

This week on… From the January/February 2016 Horn Book Magazine: “The Writer’s Page: On Writing the American Familia“ by Meg Medina “What Can Data Tell Us?: An Agent’s Thoughts on the 2015 Nielsen Children’s Book Summit” by Stephen Barbara Marieke Nijkamp Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Samurai Santa: A Very […]