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Let’s collaborate in May!

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The Horn Book Magazine‘s May/June Special Issue is on the theme “Collaborations.” You can read the table of contents here, and please read executive editor Martha V. Parravano’s editorial “&” here. Heck, you might want to read it every day — it’s that smart and insightful. “So look for ampersands everywhere you can…” Throughout the […]

BGHB Awards submissions—last call!

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

With the May 15th deadline looming, consider this the last call for 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award submissions. Publishers, big and small, we urge you to make sure you’ve sent all worthy eligible books (published between June 1st, 2015, and May 31st, 2016) to the judges. Please follow the submission guidelines carefully, and contact Katrina […]

Empire Run app review

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The setup of Empire Run (Planet H/Red Games, 2014) is similar to another Planet H/Red Games app, Frontier Heroes (and with the same caveat about some arguably stereotypical images; see details below) several sections, themed by historical time period, each contain a few games; each game has a number of different levels which allow the […]

An open letter for National Poetry Month

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Dear Mr. Silverstein, dear Ms. Goose, dear Mr. Prelutsky, dear Dr. Seuss, dear Mr. Hughes, and dear Ms. Frost, I’m writing to confess that I’ve sometimes lost whatever connects me to a chapbook or a slam though a big fan of poetry I am. Iamb! It’s just that the volume of volumes of plot can […]

Purple

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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today 2 get through this thing called Life… We were saddened to hear of Prince’s death yesterday. In honor of the Purple One, here’s a small collection of purple-centric books for young readers — many of them also celebrating the Princely values of individuality, creativity, and imagination. All are […]

MarcoPolo Ocean app review

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MarcoPolo Ocean (MarcoPolo, 2014) — in the same series as MarcoPolo Arctic — introduces young children to an ocean biome. A blue sea with gentle waves appears on the main screen as vaguely Caribbean-sounding background music plays. Before beginning, you can orient yourself by investigating underwater, looking at some fish, bobbing the buoy, etc. The […]

Recommended reading about Harriet Tubman

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Today the U. S. Treasury announced that Underground Railroad conductor and abolitionist Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. The new design will be revealed in 2020. To celebrate, here are a handful of books about Tubman’s life and legacy, all reviewed and recommended at the time of their publication by The […]

Red.

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Red. Red tells us a young lady is daring. Bold. Bright. She’s ready to break out of old, familiar roles and start anew, maybe with a new boy (or a new boy, or a new boy). She’s ready for anything. Except showing her face. ‘Cause that’s a bit much, y’all.       Also, she […]

Under the sign of Sanders

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Found on the Harvard Law School campus, in the shadow of Sanders Theatre no less. Who knew the silly old bear was studying to be a lawyer? Take along these two real-life Winnie-the-Pooh picture books, ring the tiny little doorbell, and see if Winnie answers.

Kiko’s Thinking Time app review

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In today’s exciting installment of “Shoshana Is Bad at Spatial Reasoning”…Kiko’s Thinking Time (Kiko Labs, 2015)! This is an app with a lot of games that help hone a lot of skills. I’m sorry, did I say “a lot?” I meant “a zillion.” Approximately. Each day, the app provides a “Daily Quest.” Complete a series […]