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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 […]

Jump Numbers app review

In Artgig’s Jump Numbers (2016; iOS only), you play a badger-like creature tasked with getting “Snortles” to safety after the destruction of their home. The eight levels in each of six different regions (Summer Sea, Fungal Gulf, Arctic Expanse, Boulder Bay, Darkshade, Lava Lake) are set up with basically the same format: you, the badger, […]

Ramona + Sparrowboy = BFF

Who else imagines that these two would be friends? And maybe with him? And her! What other characters do you imagine as BFFs in Children’s Lit Land?

Measure Up! app review

Measure Up! by PBS Kids (2016; iOS and Android) introduces concepts of measurement in a series of activities and videos based on its educational television shows. In a frame narrative, programming “hosts” Dot, Del, and Dee explore an island. Each of three locations on the island highlights a specific type of dimension measurement: “Treetop City” […]

“Nazis. I hate these guys.”

Preaching to the choir here (Trump voters notwithstanding), but we are disgusted, enraged, and horrified by the violence and hate perpetrated by White Supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, and also by what they stand for. If you need to nourish your soul with stories of people doing good in the world, start with The Horn Book’s […]

Netflix’s The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince is a book of philosophy as much as it is a story. Oh, things happen. An Aviator lands in the desert and meets a Little Prince who says he’s from another planet. The Prince tells him about his home planet, his journey among the asteroids, and the assorted characters […]

Total Solar Eclipse app review

The Exploratorium’s Total Solar Eclipse app (may 2017 ; iOS and Android) will be at its coolest on August 21. That’s when a total solar eclipse will take place over the U.S., and the app will make livestreams available from several different views. There’ll be live, hosted coverage in both English and Spanish starting at […]

Mitali Perkins and more in August Notes

Check out the August edition of Notes from the Horn Book newsletter to find 5Q for author Mitali Perkins on her new, generation-spanning YA novel, You Bring the Distant Near. More from this issue: YA novels exploring the joys and challenges of shifting sibling dynamics “WAAHOO”-worthy concept books funny, episodic easy readers featuring dynamic duos […]