Sushi Monster app review

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Blobby, colorful monsters with insatiable appetites for sushi are the stars of entertaining — and challenging! — math-centric game-app Sushi Monster (Scholastic, 2012). Begin by selecting either Addition or Multiplication and a level (Addition has seven, Multiplication five). A gong sounds to move you on to the next screen and into the game. A hungry […]

Boston KidLit Book Exchange

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In the Boston area and looking to either offload children’s/YA books or pick some up for your library? You’re in luck: Boston KidLit Drink Night founders Sam Musher, Jennie Simopoulos, and Kimberly Huynh have just launched the Boston KidLit Exchange to help match up donors with recipient libraries. According to the Exchange’s site, “We’re here […]

Which All-of-a-Kind Family sibling are YOU?

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Are you the type to gobble up your penny candy or savor it in tiny bites? Can you imagine a world where candy costs a penny? These and other important questions have been on our minds lately at The Horn Book, the Association of Jewish Libraries, and Lizzie Skurnick Books. It all started when Elissa […]

2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book speeches

Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners, 2014

For your kind consideration: here are the complete 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches. Click on the tag BGHB14 for timelines, pictures, and more. Photos, judges’ intros, and other information can be found in the January/February 2015 Horn Book Magazine. And look to the March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine for Vaunda Micheaux Nelson’s unforgettable keynote […]

We got swag

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…promotional swag, that is. Here are some of the more original marketing materials we’ve gotten recently. Lynne Rae Perkins’s husband handmade real acorn pendants to celebrate the release of her  middle-grade animal fantasy Nuts to You (Greenwillow, August 2014). “You’ll never sleep the same again,” promise promo items for Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller’s Nightmares! […]

2014 in review

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Happy New Year! We hope your 2015 is full of great books (and good book discussion!). Before we ring in 2015, though, let’s take a look back at 2014 — we had a very busy year! Comment and let us know the bookish highlights of your year. ALA 2014 BGHB 2014 Blogs Read Roger Lolly’s […]

Charlie at fifty

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Veruca Salt is old enough now that she could be spoiling her own grandchildren somewhere. But she’s probably still keeping all the chocolate to herself. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory turns fifty this year, and publishers are taking notice. Original publisher Alfred A. Knopf commemorates the occasion with a formidably sized fiftieth anniversary edition with, […]

Read good books, do good deeds

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Have you ever read a book and thought to yourself, “Man, I wish this could be real?” Well, unfortunately, no one I know has ever gotten an owl-delivered acceptance letter to Hogwarts, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a little bit of the Wizarding World out here for us muggles. One of the major […]

‘Tis the season…

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…to get in some leisure reading! Here’s what we’ll be reading during our lazy vacation days and holiday travel. Katie: I have long flights to California and back. My preferred plane reading is adult mystery and horror, so I’m hoping to pick up Tana French’s Broken Harbor (the fourth book in her Dublin Murder Squad […]

George R. R. Martin’s The Ice Dragon

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George R. R. Martin is best known for penning his A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy saga, the basis for HBO’s crazy-popular series Game of Thrones. Speaking from personal experience, it’s shamefully easy for fans of that franchise to forget just how prolific he is. Admittedly, ASOIAF is pretty absorbing — what with bloody […]