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Sesame Street app review

Can you tell me how to get to…tons of wonderful educational videos and games for preschoolers? Just like the neighborhood itself, the Sesame Street companion app (Sesame Workshop, 2014; iOS and Android) is the place to be: a free account gives a child access to a large selection of games as well as new and […]

Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood app review

When I was a Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood–watching kid, we almost never got to see the insides of the buildings in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. I burned with curiosity about this. What was inside the castle? Or X the Owl’s tree? I may never know the answers to these questions, but today’s preschoolers can wander around […]

New school year, new Notes

Hit the books with the sorta-kinda-schoolish-themed September edition of our Notes from the Horn Book newsletter. This issue features author (and Horn Book Publisher Emerita!) Anne Quirk’s 5Q interview about The Good Fight: The Feuds of the Founding Fathers (And How They Shaped the Nation), as well as: audiobooks highlighting memorable moments and important figures […]

Anne with an E series review

“Were those women — Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Hammond — good to you?” asked Marilla, looking at Anne out of the corner of her eye. “O-o-o-h,” faltered Anne…”Oh, they meant to be — I know they meant to be just as good and kind as possible.” —Anne of Green Gables chapter five: “Anne’s History” As […]

Martha Speaks Word Spinner app review

Based on Susan Meddaugh’s picture book series about a loquacious canine, PBS Kids’s long-running television series Martha Speaks aims to bolster children’s oral vocabulary. The Martha Speaks Word Spinner (PBS Kids/WGBH, 2013; iOS and Android) app, a “family-style party game — but with a distinctly Martha twist,” entertainingly reinforces that goal. One to four players […]

Meet our fall interns!

Every semester, we ask our interns to tell us a little about themselves. (Our ulterior motive: we want to chat with them about their favorite books!) Meet brand-new editorial interns Tory and Morgan, both of whom will be a huge help to us this fall. Interested in a Horn Book internship? The deadline to apply […]

2016-2017 yearbook superlatives

Summer is winding down: the weather has turned cooler (sob!) and students are starting the new school year. Get into the back-to-school mood with our senior superlatives for characters in the class of 2016–2017. What superlative would you award your favorite character? Most likely to write a bestseller: E. B. White, Some Writer!; Ezra Jack […]

Toca Life: Hospital app review

Toca Boca apps are well-loved in the Horn Book offices, and Toca Life: Hospital (Toca Boca, April 2017; iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire) is no exception. As the app opens, you are presented with a multi-level hospital on a busy street with mountains, a river, and several swaying trees in the background. To begin exploring, […]

March on Washington anniversary reading

Today marks the fifty-fourth anniversary of the March on Washington and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech. To celebrate, we’ve pulled together inspiring fiction and nonfiction books about the march, the speech, the great man himself, and some of his fellow civil rights heroes. The following books were recommended by The […]

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events…so very many unfortunate events

There’s not much I can say about Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events mini-series that hasn’t already been said (here, here, and here, for instance). I binge-watched the whole durn thing over a single weekend, and I’m not sorry. I started watching and fell instantly in love. I’m most impressed by Patrick Warburton’s portrayal of […]