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LumiKids Beach app review

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Wanna go to the beach? Great — grab your iPad! Using the same approachable format as LumiKids Backyard and LumiKids Snow, LumiKids Beach (Lumos Labs, June 2015) provides a side-scrolling scene of a beach with six activity “stations.” These include three instant-gratification, tap-to-play activities (matching a child or a friendly monster-child to a coordinating toy/accessory, […]

Week in Review, June 6th-10th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… For LGBT Pride Month, we’re highlighting articles about LGBTQIA+ characters and children’s book luminaries — one a day throughout June. This week’s picks: “Five Gay Picture-Book Prodigies and the Difference They’ve Made” by Barbara Bader (March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine) Editorial: “The Difference That Made Them” by Roger Sutton (March/April 2015 […]

Doctor Who Comic Maker app review

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As a fan of both Doctor Who and comics, how could I resist the siren song of that familiar theremin theme emanating from BBC’s official Doctor Who Comic Maker app (March 2016)? Similar to HarperCollins/Night & Day Studio’s Big Nate: Comix by U!, this app lets you write your own adventures for the Doctor and […]

♫Notes is bustin’ out all over!♫

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It’s the second Wednesday of the month, and you know what that means: June’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter — the 100th issue, in fact! — is headed your way. This issue has 5Q for author/Broadway veteran Tim Federle about his novel The Great American Whatever, other queer-centric books for young readers, and (of […]

June Boston-area events

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We had a great time at the second annual Hubbub Festival this past weekend — did you? If you missed out, don’t worry! There are lots of great events coming up this month. Here’s a small sampling, see our event calendar for all details and even more events. Illustrator E. B. Lewis will visit multiple […]

Party animals

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Newly independent readers will go wild for these animal adventures with a hearty helping of wacky, slapsticky humor. A Goofy Guide to Penguins by twin-brother team Jean-Luc Coudray and Philippe Coudray supplies “everything you never, ever asked about penguins!” In an early-reader, four-panels-per-spread graphic-novel format, young Emperor penguins ask and answer silly questions: “How do […]

Week in Review: May 30th-June 3rd

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Yesterday, June 2nd, Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and The Boston Globe’s managing director Linda Pizutti Henry announced the 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners via video (for the first time!). Read the full press release and The Horn Book’s reviews of the winners. We’ll be at Hubbub Fest […]

Week in Review, May 23th-27th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… The countdown has begun! 2016’s Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners will be announced — via video for the first time! — by Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry, managing director of the Boston Globe, at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 2nd From the May/June 2016 Special Issue […]

Board Book Roundup: Spring 2016 Edition

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This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. We need diverse board books, too! Start your child’s […]

Week in Review, May 16th-20th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Our 2016 Summer Reading List is out! Head on over to the annotated list to read why we love these titles, then download the PDF to take with you to the library or bookstore To accompany the May/June 2016 Special Issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Collaborations, a great Classic Horn […]