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Sago Mini Boats app review

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I took Harvey the dog out in a pickle boat and made him seasick. And how was your day? At the beginning of Sago Mini Boats (2015), you choose a destination for Harvey — and a friend to welcome him — and get packing. You can choose to put clothes and snacks into the suitcase […]

School’s first day and yours

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The first day of school is coming soon! Here are some resources from The Horn Book to make it a great one. August 2016: “What Makes a Good School Story?” From the Editor Five Questions for Adam Rex and Christian Robinson about School’s First Day of School Recommended School Stories: Picture Books Recommended School Stories: […]

The Maine event

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The September/October 2016 Horn Book Magazine book review section features four books set in and around Maine: A quick Horn Book Guide Online keyword search on “Maine” showed that some other recent favorites are set in Vacationland. And there are many more! There must be something in the water. Sal would be proud.

I think I made this one too easy.

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A mostly-forgotten book I love presented itself to my imagination twice yesterday. Can you guess what it is? Clue # 1 and #2: I was talking to Holiday House’s Mary Cash while she was with my buddy Elizabeth Law on Fire Island, and she mentioned her plan to go “swimming in the ocean” later in the day. […]

Great idea, Kristy!

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    The Baby-Sitters Club turns thirty this month, as many of my contemporaries and I know from tweets and articles that are making us feel really old. (Relax — the BSC was popular well into the nineties, so your memories of it might be only twenty-something years old.) In any case, Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, […]

Jacqueline Woodson on Another Brooklyn, diversity, and more

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Jacqueline Woodson‘s new book Another Brooklyn is a novel for adults, her first in more than two decades, but fans of her children’s books found plenty to enjoy when she discussed her work at Porter Square Books on Wednesday, August 17th. Woodson talked to WGBH’s Callie Crossley, who also featured the book on her Under […]

Roger’s paper doll bow ties

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For Roger’s twentieth anniversary as The Horn Book’s editor in chief, we asked some of his favorite illustrators to decorate his favorite fashion item. Now you can, too! Click on the picture of the PDF below to print out a life-sized Roger head (illustration by Ed Briant), ideally on card stock, plus bow ties by […]

LumiKids Park app review

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LumiKids Park (2015) is part of Lumos Labs’ series of “digital playspace[s] for kids to explore concepts through intuitive and adaptive activities.” Each of the four apps (so far; see our reviews of Snow, Backyard, and Beach) present different concepts to develop different cognitive skills. Park focuses specifically on visual-motor coordination, sorting, and attention. As […]

Hester and relevance

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

Recently, I co-taught a course with a colleague from the BU English department (I’m in English education) about teaching American literature. A great deal of time is spent in the course considering what ‘counts’ as American literature, and my colleague convinced me we should read The Scarlet Letter. We chose this novel as a highly […]

What Do You Do with a Problem?

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What Do You Do with a Problem? (Compendium, June 2016) Well, author Kobi Yamada and illustrator Mae Besom have some advice on how to deal. A companion to the pair’s 2014 collaboration What Do You Do with an Idea?, this picture book is about a young boy with (you guessed it) a problem. What’s unusual […]