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Happy Pride Month!

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June is LGBT Pride Month! We’re celebrating with new and archival Horn Book articles, reviews, interviews, and booklists featuring LGBTQIA+ characters and book creators, one per day for the rest of the month with a roundup on Fridays. Look for the social media tag #HBLGBTPride16 on Facebook.com/TheHornBook and @HornBook. We kick things off with Barbara […]

Ain’t no party like a Sendak party…

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…’cause a Sendak party’s full of Wild Things.* Last weekend Roger attended a celebration of the life of Maurice Sendak, on the occasion of what would have been the incomparable author/illustrator’s 88th birthday. He brought back a few Sendak-themed party favors to share with the office: If you, too, miss the “King of All the […]

LumiKids Beach app review

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Wanna go to the beach? Great — grab your iPad! Using the same approachable format as LumiKids Backyard and LumiKids Snow, LumiKids Beach (Lumos Labs, June 2015) provides a side-scrolling scene of a beach with six activity “stations.” These include three instant-gratification, tap-to-play activities (matching a child or a friendly monster-child to a coordinating toy/accessory, […]

CBB Trivia Night — or — You should always listen to Elissa

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We needed a lighthearted evening this Monday. A distraction. Some silliness. A challenge. We needed to meet our match in a trivia team called Frog and Toad Are Friends with Benefits. Lucky for us, Children’s Books Boston’s Wicked Boston Trivia Challenge at M. J. O’Connor’s Back Bay, hosted by the one and only Jack Gantos, […]

Bertha’s apartment

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I just discovered some new Horn Book history trivia. While putting away some papers that have been piling up, I found a printout of Horn Book founder Bertha Mahony’s March 12, 1924 passport. I’ve looked at it before, most recently when we needed to confirm her height (contemporaries’ accounts say she was under 5′, but […]

Doctor Who Comic Maker app review

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As a fan of both Doctor Who and comics, how could I resist the siren song of that familiar theremin theme emanating from BBC’s official Doctor Who Comic Maker app (March 2016)? Similar to HarperCollins/Night & Day Studio’s Big Nate: Comix by U!, this app lets you write your own adventures for the Doctor and […]

♫Notes is bustin’ out all over!♫

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It’s the second Wednesday of the month, and you know what that means: June’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter — the 100th issue, in fact! — is headed your way. This issue has 5Q for author/Broadway veteran Tim Federle about his novel The Great American Whatever, other queer-centric books for young readers, and (of […]

June Boston-area events

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We had a great time at the second annual Hubbub Festival this past weekend — did you? If you missed out, don’t worry! There are lots of great events coming up this month. Here’s a small sampling, see our event calendar for all details and even more events. Illustrator E. B. Lewis will visit multiple […]

RIP Ali

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He was the greatest. Remember The Champ with these biographies, all recommended at their time of publication by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide. Reviews reprinted from The Horn Book Guide Online. Primary Bolden, Tonya  The Champ: The Story of Muhammad Ali Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Knopf     2004 Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. This carefully […]

Hansel and Gretel app review

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If you’re in the mood to be a little bit scared, a little bit charmed, and maybe a little bit hungry for sugary houses, the Hansel and Gretel app by Fusee (2015) might just be for you. On each page of this adaptation, you can listen to the (sometimes forced) rhyming text and follow along; […]