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Boston-area events in September

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Connect with favorite authors and fellow book-lovers at a slew of events coming up this month. Here’s a small sampling, see our event calendar for all details and even more events. Tonight, Thursday, September 1st, Kidlit Drink Night will be taking a field trip for Josh Funk’s double book launch party. Come to Tavern in […]

New Horn Book family blog – we have a name!

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Without further ado, The Horn Book presents the name and logo of our upcoming new blog, “Family Reading: Reading to Children. Reading with Children. Children Reading.” Here Roger talks about the inspiration behind the blog and about the wonderful logo art done by illustrator and friend-of-the-Horn-Book Liza Woodruff. Family Reading will debut on September 14. […]

DreamWorks Shrek & Friends app review

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A simple, drag-and-drop app, DreamWorks Shrek & Friends (DreamWorks and Fox & Sheep, July 2016) invites you to get toddler-aged versions of six different DreamWorks characters ready for their day. The app opens with some very familiar typeface (hint, it’s green with ears) and moves directly into a colorful, early morning cityscape, complete with gentle […]

HBAS16 full program… and sale!

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We’ve just posted the full program for this year’s Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Out of the Box” (hey, catchy name!). Sign up before September 9 for a 20% discount. Who are you most excited to see? Here is the amazing (seriously, chills!), first-ever video announcement of the 2016 winners by Roger Sutton and Linda […]

A little light reading

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The Dolls’ House at Windsor Castle is the “largest and most famous dollhouse in the world.” Commissioned by Princess Marie Louise as a gift to Queen Mary, it became a “very British symbol of postwar rejuvenation” in the years following World War I. The dollhouse includes the 1:12 scale library from which two “Miniature Treasures […]

The Girl Who Spotted Another Title Trend

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Does your summer read have a cover Girl? I’ve noticed quite a few hit grownup books have female protagonists — and familiar-sounding titles. The Girls Who Started It All: The Girls Who Followed Their Lead:   And let’s not forget this Girl. Many of these Girls star in psychological thrillers — not to mention similar […]

2015-2016 yearbook superlatives

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Summer is winding down (say it ain’t so!) and the new school year is approaching. Get into the back-to-school mood with our senior superlatives for characters in the class of 2015–2016. What superlative would you award your favorite character? Best frints: Yelfred and Omek (Best Frints in the Whole Universe); Thunder and Lightning (Thunder Boy […]

Sago Mini Boats app review

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I took Harvey the dog out in a pickle boat and made him seasick. And how was your day? At the beginning of Sago Mini Boats (2015), you choose a destination for Harvey — and a friend to welcome him — and get packing. You can choose to put clothes and snacks into the suitcase […]

School’s first day and yours

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The first day of school is coming soon! Here are some resources from The Horn Book to make it a great one. August 2016: “What Makes a Good School Story?” From the Editor Five Questions for Adam Rex and Christian Robinson about School’s First Day of School Recommended School Stories: Picture Books Recommended School Stories: […]

The Maine event

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The September/October 2016 Horn Book Magazine book review section features four books set in and around Maine: A quick Horn Book Guide Online keyword search on “Maine” showed that some other recent favorites are set in Vacationland. And there are many more! There must be something in the water. Sal would be proud.