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The Complete Fairytale Play Theater app review

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Combine elements from Nosy Crow’s fairy-tale app series (The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White, and Goldilocks and Little Bear) to stage your own once-upon-a-time puppet show with The Complete Fairytale Play Theater (September 2016; iOS only). Start a new story and give it a title and […]

More on the 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

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Five questions for 2016 BGHB Committee Chair Joanna Rudge Long Horn Book Podcast: BGHB Awards Video announcement of the winners, with Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry (it’s amazing — it makes us tear up) And just for fun… BGHB trivia My Favorite BGHB Winner: HB reviewers’ best-loved BGHB-winning books BGHB crossword puzzle by 2011 […]

2016 BGHB Fiction Day

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It’s BGHB Week! Today we’re honoring our 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction Award winners. Read reviews of all of the 2016 fiction winners here; see below for more web extras to celebrate them. Join us on September 30-October 1, 2016, for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards ceremony and the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Out […]

5th Annual Boston Teen Author Festival recap

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My, how the Boston Teen Author Festival has grown. The fifth annual celebration was held at the Cambridge Public Library and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School on Saturday, September 24th. The day began with an opening panel to introduce the thirty-five — count ’em, thirty-five — YA authors via quick, playful questions, some of which […]

2016 BGHB Nonfiction Day

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It’s BGHB Week! Today we’re honoring our 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Award winners. Read reviews of all of the 2016 nonfiction winners here; see below for more web extras to celebrate them. Join us on September 30-October 1, 2016, for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards ceremony and the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Out […]

Banned Books Week 2016

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It’s Banned Books Week, “an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community; librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types, in shared support of the […]

2016 BGHB Picture Book Day

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It’s BGHB Week! Today we’re honoring our 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Award winners. Read reviews of all of the 2016 picture book winners here; see below for more web extras to celebrate them. Join us on September 30-October 1, 2016, for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards ceremony and the Horn Book at Simmons […]

Countdown to Boston Globe-Horn Book and Horn Book at Simmons 2016!

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The Boston Globe-Horn Book and Horn Book at Simmons weekend is almost here! We can’t wait to hear the winners and honorees speak at the awards ceremony on Friday night, followed on Saturday by the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Out of the Box” (nice name!). The colloquium features panels and discussions with the winners […]

Books for Bisexual Awareness Week/Celebrate Bisexuality Day

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It’s Bisexual Awareness Week, an annual celebration and awareness-raising campaign which includes Celebrate Bisexuality Day (also called Bisexual Visibility Day; this year’s is today, September 23rd). The following YA novels and series span genres and tone, but each features main and/or secondary characters who are bisexual or whose sexual attraction is fluid. All were recommended […]

Toca Builders app review

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Toca Builders (Toca Boca, May 2016; iOS and Android) opens with a choice of an empty platform or one of several options where work has already started. That work involves constructing towers (or whatever you want) with colored blocks and painting these structures and/or the space around them. Each grid floats in what appears to […]