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Sir David Attenborough’s Story of Life app review

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Released in honor of his ninetieth birthday, Sir David Attenborough’s Story of Life (BBC Worldwide, November 2016; iOS and Android) spans his six-decade career as a naturalist and and the voice of the BBC’s wildlife programming. The app — which is, incredibly, free — contains over one thousand video clips from more than forty BBC […]

January/February 2017 Starred Reviews

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  The following books will receive starred reviews in the January/February 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Life on Mars; written and illustrated by Jon Agee (Dial). Chirri & Chirra; written and illustrated by Kaya Doi; translated from the Japanese by Yuki Kaneko (Enchanted Lion). Egg; written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow). A […]

Du Iz Tak?

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Have you seen Du Iz Tak? Carson Ellis’s oversized gouache and ink spreads are impressive to be sure, but it’s her ear for entomological dialogue that shines in this one; well, I’ll let you be the judge. Not to give too much away, but at the emotional climax (***spoiler alert*** when the flowering plant that has […]

BGHB 2017

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… is beginning (yes, later than it should but earlier than it used to)! Please, publishers, start submitting your contenders; the eligibility period for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards runs from publishing date June 1st of this year to May 31st of next. It is never to soon to send books to the judges. I’m […]

Transgender Awareness Month 2016 resources

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November is Transgender Awareness Month, a time to celebrate the lives of trans people, remember those lost to anti-trans hate crimes, and renew our commitment to fight for trans rights. The Trevor Project urges the trans community and its allies to educate others, to be “agents of change, transforming fear and bigotry into understanding and […]

Native American Heritage Month 2016 resources

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November is Native American Heritage Month, a celebration of the many varied Native American cultures. Check out the official website for more information and lots of resources. If you’re looking for ways to help the Standing Rock demonstrators, consider donating to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council, or Sacred […]

Reading together across the miles

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When I became an aunt two years ago, I lived within driving distance and saw my niece at least once a month. I’ve not-so-subtly tried to fuel her interest in books, giving her new board books whenever I see her. I’ve really enjoyed watching her development as a reader: from receptive listener to board book […]

Radiant Child: The Story of a Young Jean-Michel Basquiat

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I’ve been looking forward to writing about this book’s Caldecott possibilities ever since I reviewed it for the Magazine. This one is way up there on my top ten list for 2016. Maybe even at #1. I have a hunch it’s going to be this year’s Voice of Freedom, getting nods from Sibert, CSK, and […]

Outside over there

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I hope you all had an enjoyable long weekend; we had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with friends, saw two movies (Moonlight–wonderful; Allied–eh) and I fairly succesfully avoided thinking about work until Sunday afternoon when I began cranking on the editorial whose completion I am here prolonging as I have a dawdle with you. As promised, I […]

On Roger Sutton’s “What Makes a Good Gift Book? Step Aside!” (from November 2006)

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With The Holidaze upon us once again, the pressure is on; as book people, our go-to gifts are books, but selecting the right book for the right child can still be daunting, even for those of us who work with children’s books. Ten years ago, the Horn Book’s own Roger Sutton weighed in on “What […]