¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Nino Wrestles the World

It’s Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate by sharing these books starring the holiday itself, Mexican and Mexican American protagonists, and the Spanish language — all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide. (For more recommended Spanish-language and bilingual books, click here.) Picture books In Alma Flor Ada’s Let Me Help! / ¡Quiero […]

Week in Review, April 28th-May 2nd

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the May/June 2014 Harriet at 50 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Table of contents Editorial: “The Man with the Purple Socks“ “There’s Something About Islands” by Printz Medalist Marcus Sedgwick Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle; illus. by G. Brian Karas Fiction: […]

Boston-area children’s lit events for May

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May: baseball season is in full swing (har-har), Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and graduations are beginning. Make sure you squeeze a few of these great children’s lit–related events into your jam-packed schedule! Check our monthly events calendar for all the details. May is Asian American Heritage Month! Both GrubStreet’s The Muse and the Marketplace […]

Week in Review, April 21st-25th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the May/June 2014 Harriet at 50 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “I Spy: Harriet and I” by Newbery medalist Jack Gantos “Writer, Wrestler, Stutterer, Spy” by author/illustrator Megan McDonald “Becoming a Book Detective” by Simmons Center for the Study of Children’s Literature director Cathie Mercier “Fifty Years of Novel Exploits” […]



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Happy (early) Earth Day!

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Tomorrow is Earth Day, and to celebrate we’ve got a new list of recommended reads on environmentalism, endangered species, and the wonders of nature. The list includes fiction and nonfiction for a wide range of ages. Check it out, then let us know what books you’re sharing this Earth Day.

Week in Review, April 14th-18th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… April’s Notes from the Horn Book: Five questions for Cynthia Leitich Smith, YA fantasy sequels, picture books about the big city, reading for National Poetry Month, and intermediate books about wartime Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood; illus. by Claudia Rueda Fiction: Feral […]

A tisket, a tasket, books for Easter baskets

Little White Rabbit

Spring hasn’t fully sprung quite yet in Boston — we got snow overnight earlier this week! But with Easter this weekend, we know it’s coming (eventually). Here are four springy board books to tuck into a little one’s Easter basket. The titular bunny of Kevin Henkes’s Little White Rabbit has limitless curiosity and imagination to […]

Endless Reader app review

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From Originator (formerly Callaway Digital Arts), developer of the fantastic Endless Alphabet, comes Endless Reader (November 2013). Endless Reader closely follows the format and style of the previous app. A narrator speaks a sight word — such as all, eat, on, up, or you — as it appears in lowercase letters on the screen. A […]

April Notes on the way

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Vampires, werepeople, and yetis — oh my! In this month’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter, I get to ask Cynthia Leitich Smith five questions about her (ahem) tantalizing new series Feral, a spin-off to her Tantalize quartet. Other goodies in this issue: • more YA fantasy sequels • picture books about the big city […]