Quiet! Roger Is Reading a Book

roger is reading a book

     I’m sure it’s a coincidence. It has to be coincidental that in the American version (Eerdmans, March 2015) of this book, the bow-tied, bespectacled protagonist shares a name with our bow-tied, bespectacled boss, who also does not like to be disturbed when he’s reading. In Real Roger’s defense, although I’m sure the rest of us […]

About time

perrin_at the same moment, around the world

Concepts of time and time zones can be difficult to explain even without lost-hour fuzziness! Happily, the picture books and easy readers below (all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide) painlessly introduce these ideas to children in engaging ways. Preschool Durga Bernhard’s While You Are Sleeping: A Lift-the-Flap Book of […]

Fiona & the Fog e-book review

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“One foggy morning, Fiona sat on her front stoop, wondering what to do with the day. ‘I’m bored. I wish something exciting would happen…’” With that, the fog snatches up Fiona’s scarf and leads her on a chase around a city’s environs (it’s unnamed but the skyline is San Francisco’s; makes sense given the fog). […]

“From Page to Screen” panel

page to screen panel

When my favorite books get made into movies, I’m there. But I’m usually wearing a t-shirt with this logo (courtesy of Unshelved): So when Children’s Books Boston announced its latest event, “From Page to Screen: An Inside Look at Children’s Book Adaptations,” I was intrigued. I was even more intrigued when I saw the range […]

The Carrot Patch comes to us

box of carrots

Today’s mail brought a box of (foam) carrots*, buttons, stickers, bookmarks, and a very nice note from Wolfie the Bunny author Ame Dyckman. Thanks, Ame! In our March/April Magazine, Wolfie receives a starred review and Ame tells us a bit about Wolfie’s eating habits; look for the issue in your mailbox very soon.   *I […]

Diverted: A Bostonian dystopia

Diverted cover

It was dawn. It was time for the Waiting. Three hundred thousand were Waiting. Some waited for Buses, some waited for Trains that would become Buses. Some tried different routes, and some gave up hope and called Ubers. But many remained. Most remembered the days before The Big One. The days when roads had lanes […]

Metamorphabet app review

metamorphabet daydream

In Metamorphabet (Vectorpark, 2015), each (uppercase) letter of the alphabet appears on a brightly colored background. Tap the featured letter to initiate its animated transformation into a short series of visual representations of words beginning with that letter: J to jiggle to juggle to jelly fish. A somewhat monotone female narrator speaks the letter’s name, […]

My brother’s got a secret

Child-Superhero

Now, this is just cute.

Happy Year of the Sheep!

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The celebration of Lunar New Year begins today! Eat some dumplings and share a book from this updated list of titles featuring the holiday, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide. Picture books Set in long-ago China, Ying Chang Compestine’s The Runaway Wok tells of Ming Zhang and his poor […]

Recommended reading on “the circuit”

adler_picture book of cesar chavez

In his 1998 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award acceptance speech for The Circuit, Dr. Francisco Jiménez said, “The blowing of the horn for The Circuit will draw attention to and compassion for the thousands of migrant families and their children of yesterday and today. This sound is truly music to my ears.” These books, all recommended […]