ALA Live Five round-up

roger and tomie

Tomie dePaola and Roger Over at Read Roger, our indefatigable leader has been posting highlights from his nine Live Five interviews with the 2011 Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Wilder, Sibert, and Printz luminaries, plus bonus interviews with superstars Brian Selznick and Rick Riordan. Head over and learn whose dog Roger wants and what he and Rita Williams-Garcia were singing […]

July/August 2011 special issue: Awards

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The July/August Horn Book Magazine is out, and selected articles are on our website, including profiles of the Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder medalists and the CSK author and illustrator award recipients. And don’t miss K.T. Horning’s eye-opening “Secrecy and the Newbery Medal”. . . in which much history is related and several secrets revealed.

Summer reading

should i share my ice cream

To help usher in warmer weather—which has finally arrived in the northeast—here are two new books by veteran author-illustrators: Geisel Medal–winner Mo Willems’s Should I Share My Ice Cream? and, for older readers, Postcards from Camp by Simms Taback, recipient of the 2000 Caldecott Medal. Elephant Gerald has a delicious moral dilemma in this latest […]

What do the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and the Horn Book have in common?

Laurel and Matt

We both gave Laurel Croza and I Know Here an award. In response to winning the Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award, Laurel said, That’s me, flash-frozen in disbelief—“whaaaaat!?!”—since I heard I Know Here won a 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. Way, way, way beyond my daydreaming orbit, the news too surreal, too out-of-this-world abstract […]

Blow the house down!

3 little pigs

Crows normally freak me out—their carrion-eating, raucous-cawing ways give me the willies. But when it comes to kids’ apps, two Crows seem to know what they’re doing. Loud Crow Interactive (producer of the awesome PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Sandra Boynton apps) had better make room in the nest for Nosy Crow, whose […]

Public Service Announcement

Children’s Technology Review is a monthly Consumer Reports-like PDF newsletter “designed to summarize the latest products and trends in children’s interactive media.” They review lots of children’s apps, of course, and they’ve ventured into book app territory, as well. Their focus, natch, is on the quality of the technology rather than the text and illustrations, […]

App smackdown

Eileen Christelow’s Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (HMH) and Sandra Boynton’s The Going to Bed Book (Little Simon) are probably on most toddlers’ bookshelves. How do the app versions of these popular titles compare to the books and to each other? Oceanhouse Media’s Five Little Monkeys takes the high road. Less about bells […]

Newbery shocker!

What?? Glee: The Beginning isn’t even an honor book? I know! Shocking. And I wouldn’t have even brought it up (mostly because a novel based on a TV show that’s successful due to the fabulous musical numbers doesn’t have much to offer—even if it does include a “Gleetastic Poster Inside”), but when we received ALA’s […]

I thought you would be a children’s book

I know we’re not supposed to judge by covers and all, but I’m guessing that the publisher BOOM! Town has us mistaken for some other book review journal.

Freaks and Zombies

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!: Enter If You Dare! is the seventh compendium of all things bizarre, freakish, and grotesque from around the world. You know the stuff: a sculpture of an Australian actress made with 24,000 peaches, an eighteen-inch-long fingernail, mice kebabs, a turtle with two heads and six legs, a man with 240 […]