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Making a Difference, Week 3

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This month we’re celebrating people who have Made a Difference through their good work. Each day, we’ll highlight a book about someone who has effected positive change, with a roundup on Fridays. Follow the hashtag #HBMaDJan17 @HornBook and Facebook.com/TheHornBook. This week’s picks: Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017: a MLK Day booklist and other books […]

YA Trivia Night at Trident Booksellers and Café

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Trident Booksellers & Café kicked off its new YA Passport series last night with a YA trivia night. Katie, Cindy, and I represented The Horn Book, though I’m not sure we represented very well. (I’m also not sure whether Horn Book founder Bertha Mahony Miller would’ve liked our team name — Bertha’s Bitches — or […]

Busy Shapes app review

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Busy Shapes (Edoki Academy, 2014; iOS only) is an engaging sorting and problem-solving app based on the work of education expert Jean Piaget. The app begins with a simple matching exercise: drag a shape to the same-shaped hole and drop it in. These brightly colored shapes represent physical objects such as blocks, sponges, flowers, and […]

CPL first annual Margret and H. A. Rey Curious George Lecture Series

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Former Horn Booker Zoe Del Mar, communications manager for the Cambridge, MA, Public Library, just let us know about a great new lecture series the library is hosting: the Margret and H. A. Rey Curious George Lecture Series. The series was “developed from a brainstorming session between Youth Services Manager, Julie Roach [read Julie’s Horn […]

Legislative breakfast at the library

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She’d already encouraged us to be loud in the library. Now elementary school librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro let us eat in the library while engaging with our elected officials. Last week Liz, who is legislative co-chair for the Massachusetts School Libraries Association, hosted “Your Community, Your Library” legislative breakfast at Cambridgeport School in Cambridge, MA. […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017

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The Horn Book is closed today in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here is our 2016 booklist about the great American civil rights leader. You can also read about civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer in Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, a 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book […]

Making a Difference, Week 2

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This month we’re celebrating people who have Made a Difference through their good work. Each day, we’ll highlight a book about someone who has effected positive change, with a roundup on Fridays. Follow the hashtag #HBMaDJan17 @HornBook and Facebook.com/TheHornBook. This week’s picks: Review of Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Javaka Steptoe’s […]

On “Radio Penderwick,” bedtime (audio)books, and more

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Just like their print counterparts, audiobooks play many roles in the home. This week we looked at some different ways audiobooks accompany families — at bedtime during road trips, and really any time (or, Rachael Stein’s case, all the time). Here’s a roundup of our mini-celebration. At Family Reading on Monday, Kitty Flynn shared her […]

Audio bedtime stories…for grownups

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In this week’s Family Reading post “Go to sleep, my little darling,” Kristy Pasquariello discusses how audiobooks help her young children settle down and prepare to sleep. I read her thoughts with interest: in addition to lots of daytime listening, I’ve been using audiobooks at bedtime for years, beginning long after childhood. Just like Kristy and […]

Me app review

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Remember Dr. Seuss’s My Book About Me? Me by Tinybop (November 2016; iOS only) is a lot like that. You start by creating an avatar for yourself, choosing from a number of options for the shapes and hues of your face, your eyes, etc. There are enough options that I found myself looking in a […]