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“How an Idea Becomes a Children’s Book” panel recap

Most people who love books are aware of at least some of the jobs that go into creating them. Authors, certainly. Editors, probably. But how much do people know about production editors, designers, or publicists? There are lots of things you can do in the publishing industry. Our goal this Saturday at the CBC Teen […]

Loving Day Cambridge 2017

The city of Cambridge, MA, is hosting a celebration this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark civil rights case that struck down anti-miscegenation laws and legalized interracial marriage (yes, that happened only fifty years ago!). Follow this link for the calendar of free events — including a special kid-friendly […]

Dotopedia app review

Dot — star of the CBC animated TV series of the same name — is ready to guide you through a virtual encyclopedia experience in Dotopedia (CBC, January 2017, iOS and Android). The home screen is designed like a website with a search bar at the top, a featured article front and center, and buttons […]

CBB Trivia Night 2017—or—The answer is always “Ashley Bryan”

Okay, maybe the answer isn’t always “Ashley Bryan.” “Ashley Bryan” isn’t Bod’s last name in The Graveyard Book, or Ramona Quimby’s middle name. But just because the accomplished Mr. Bryan was an answer last year doesn’t mean he can’t be one — or two — this year. After all, there’s plenty to know about him. […]

“Will you be my reader?”

A mysterious wooden box arrived at the office. The only clue to its contents was the note initialed “SD” woven through its simple twine bow. Upon opening it, I quickly learned who was trying to win me over with this mystery box: the queen of YA romance herself, Sarah Dessen! On the inside of the […]

The Adventures of Poco Eco: Lost Sounds app review

The Adventures of Poco Eco: Lost Sounds (IAMYANK/Possible, 2015; iOS and Android) is a companion app to the ambient album Lost Sounds by artist IAMYANK. This adventure follows its hero’s journey through a brilliantly rendered, dreamlike world influenced heavily by sound (appropriately, given its musical provenance). The journey begins at “Poco’s Island.” The opening sequence […]

Labor and labor movements booklist

In honor of May Day, we kicked off the month with #HBMayDay17, a week of labor movement–inspired featured reviews: Picture Book: Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel; illus. by Melissa Sweet Fiction: Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words by Margarita Engle Nonfiction: Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood 
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Reading for Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

The Islamic month of Ramadan, a solemn holiday of fasting from dawn to sunset, charity, and additional prayer, is about to begin. Ramadan ends with the joyous feasting of the Eid al-Fitr celebration. These books for young readers — all recommended at the time of their publication by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide — […]

So Many Butts! app review

Having just co-written (with my Family Reading blog co-parent Kitty Flynn) the article “The Straight Poop on Potty Humor” for the May/June 2017 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Humor, how could I pass up the So Many Butts! app? (Editora Caixote, January 2017; iOS and Android) I went in with some trepidation, expecting Everyone Poops–level […]

Big little world

Roger’s post this morning about cozy mysteries reminded me that I spent my Sunday devouring Liane Moriarty‘s Big Little Lies. I loved the recent HBO miniseries starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley, and the book is just as thoroughly enjoyable. My boyfriend asked me which I liked better, and I replied, “I like […]