Veggies in undies: real-life remix

Mutant carrot.

Hey, it’s an art form. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.

Shhh! Top secret box

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We can’t show you what’s under the pink peanuts yet, but we CAN tell you it is an original painting by Tomie dePaola which will grace the cover of our March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine. It’s also possibly the most carefully wrapped package I’ve ever received. We  Tomie!

Sharon Draper on Stella by Starlight

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In the January/February 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, editor Martha Parravano talked to Sharon M. Draper about her new intermediate novel Stella by Starlight. Read the full review here. Martha V. Parravano: Have you ever tried to write by starlight? Sharon M. Draper: I’ve marveled at the moon — the phases intrigue me […]

2015 Sydney Taylor Book Awards

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The winners of the 2015 Sydney Taylor Book Awards are: My Grandfather’s Coat by Jim Aylesworth; illus. by Barbara McClintock (younger); *wipes away a happy tear* Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust by Loïc Dauvillier; illus. by Marc Lizano; color by Greg Salsedo (older) Storm by Donna Jo Napoli (teen) In each category two Honor […]

Nighty Night! app review

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As Fox and Sheep‘s bedtime app Nighty Night! (2012) opens, the screen pans across a view of a little town. One by one the lights in houses’ windows go out, but the farmhouse’s lights still blaze. Tap them to explore inside and around the house, along the way discovering friendly animals: a duck, a hen […]

The first Notes of the year

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In January’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book, Jennifer Brabander asks Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future author A. S. King about that bat and lots more. You’ll also find: more fierce female YA protagonists snowy-day picture books intermediate series graphic-novel memoirs Read the issue online or subscribe to receive the monthly Notes from […]

I see London! I see France! I see broccoli in underpants!

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What’s with the books about vegetables in underwear? As a pro-underpants vegetarian, I feel compelled to comment on this mushrooming trend. Okay, maybe it’s less a trend and more…well…three books on the topic, a veritable cornucopia of corn cobs in tightie-whities. Last spring’s Veggies with Wedgies by Todd H. Doodler (Little Simon, May 2014) started […]

Philip Pullman’s “The Collectors”

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It’s been quite some time since fans of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series have had any new… well, material… to sate us. After the trilogy — The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass — concluded in 2000, Pullman briefly returned to the universe in Lyra’s Oxford (2003) and Once Upon a […]

Bellydance Evolution: Alice in Wonderland

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You may be wondering, “What the heck does bellydancing have to do with children’s books?” Having seen Bellydance Evolution’s production of Alice in Wonderland on Wednesday night, I can assure you that the two do play together nicely when brought together in a thoughtful way. According to the mission statement on their site, dance company […]

Boston-area events for January 2015

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Happy New Year! Here is a (very long) list of events to look forward to in the first weeks of 2015. Tonight, January 8th, at 5:00 pm, join the Odyssey Bookshop for a mermaid party to celebrate the release of Jennifer Donnelly’s Rogue Wave, the second entry in her Waterfire fantasy saga. The Writers’ Loft […]