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2015-2016 yearbook superlatives

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Summer is winding down (say it ain’t so!) and the new school year is approaching. Get into the back-to-school mood with our senior superlatives for characters in the class of 2015–2016. What superlative would you award your favorite character? Best frints: Yelfred and Omek (Best Frints in the Whole Universe); Thunder and Lightning (Thunder Boy […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Where are Jack and Karen?

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I must not be the only one watching Will & Grace reruns. Here are five recent(ish) books starring straight girls and their gay BFFs. You can find more Horn Book LGBTQIA+ resources here (we just can’t get with QUILTBAG). You and Me and Him by Kris Dinnison (Houghton) Weird Girl and What’s His Name by […]