Week in Review, June 2nd-6th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… On Saturday, May 31st, at BookExpo America, Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton announced the 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honors! Preview the July/August 2014 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Awards, with gorgeous ALA-centric cover art by Caldecott Medalist Brian Floca (can you spot all of the references?) […]

June kidlit events in the Boston area

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Get out your calendars! Upcoming children’s literature events for the Boston metro area: Author Nandini Bajpai will sign her novels Red Turban, White Horse and Starcursed at the Bacon Free Library tonight, Tuesday, June 3rd, at 7:00 pm. Author/illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka (Lunch Lady series, Punk Farm) will celebrate the release of The Platypus Police Squad: The […]

The envelope, please…

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On Saturday, May 31st, at BookExpo America, Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton announced the 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honors. A few pics from the happy day, all taken by BGHB coordinator Katrina Hedeen: This year’s Horn Book at Simmons one-day colloquium is entitled “Mind the Gaps: Books for All Young […]

Week in Review, May 26th-30th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Don’t miss tomorrow’s announcement of the 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honorees, live at BEA at 1 pm (Librarians Lounge, Javits Center), at hbook.com/boston-globe-horn-book-awards, and @HornBook! 2014 Summer Reading May 2014 Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book: Recommended nonfiction about folklore, insects and arachnids, oceanography, gardening and outdoor discovery, […]

Kids Discover Ancient Egypt app review

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Long-running children’s nonfiction magazine Kids Discover has made an admirable jump to digital — twenty-one of their issues on natural and social sciences are currently available as apps. I took a look at the digital version of volume 11: Ancient Egypt (Joe Zeff Design, 2013). The app offers eight content chapters: “The Gift of the […]

Week in Review, May 12th-May 16th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… 2014 Summer Reading “I see you’re still reading“: Roger on NPR! From the May/June 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “From The Guide: Spy Novels“ “An Interview with Elizabeth Wein” by Deirdre Baker May’s Notes from the Horn Book: Five questions for Sophie Blackall, siblings in picture books, chapter-book humor, […]

Maybe it’s just me…

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…but is this cover reminiscent of this cover? In his March/April 2014 article “What Makes a Good Book Cover?” Thom Barthelmess praises the Grasshopper Jungle cover’s “iconic simplicity,” which “piques our curiosity” with its compelling minimalism. The same can certainly be said of Woman‘s cover art…but for a different reason!

Piccadilly’s Circus app review

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Developer Ink Robin‘s Piccadilly’s Circus (2012) is a showstopper of a storybook app. The human and animal performers of Piccadilly’s Circus are “a happy bunch who always got along (even first thing in the morning).” But the claws come out, so to speak, when ringmaster Mr. Piccadilly must take a sick day. Each performer feels […]

Notes from the Horn Book, Birds and the Bees edition

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First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall…   Read our 5Q interview with Sophie Blackall in the May 2014 issue of Notes. In this month’s issue you’ll also find • more picture books featuring sibling relationships • funny chapter book series entries • nonfiction apps • YA about […]

Week in Review, May 5th–9th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Roger Sutton’s NYT article “Slumber Party: Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Songs and More” From the May/June 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Words for Flora’s Mother (and Other Imperfect Parents)” by Megan Dowd Lambert Recommended reading for Cinco de Mayo Last call for BGHB Award submissions Reviews of the Week: […]