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PotterCon Boston

It will probably come as no surprise to frequent OOTB readers that Shoshana, Cindy, and I were some of the first attendees to arrive at PotterCon Boston on Saturday afternoon. Less a con and more a low-key party, this event was the “the first annual Boston day-drinking and mingling destination for [grown-up] Harry Potter fans.” […]

Thanks, moms!

Happy Mother’s Day to those celebrating, especially our own mothers and our mom friends! Here are a few recommended books, articles, and blog posts featuring moms and Mother’s Day; find plenty more about mothers (and dads, and grandparents, and other kinds of loving caregivers) over at Family Reading. This week’s mom-themed Reviews of the Week: […]

Home Boov Pop! Puzzle Adventure app review

Home is the 3D animated film adaptation (DreamWorks Animation, March 2015; PG) of Adam Rex’s The True Meaning of Smekday. Shoshana and I went to see it in theaters and I loved it. I loved it very much. Home Boov Pop! Puzzle Adventure (DreamWorks Animation SKG/Behaviour Interactive, 2015; iOS and Android) is a movie tie-in […]

Cinco de Mayo 2017

It’s Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate with this updated list of books starring the holiday itself, Mexican and Mexican American protagonists, and the Spanish language. All were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide at the time of their publication; reviews are reprinted from The Horn Book Guide Online. Grade levels are only suggestions; the […]

Happy Star Wars Day!

Over at our newly de-carbonited Instagram account, Guide editor and Star Wars fan Cindy suggests celebrating with an out-of-this-world book: “Use the power of the #hbguide and the #hbguideonline to find #starwars books for young padawans across the galaxy.” Pictured, reviewed in recent and forthcoming issues of The Horn Book Guide: Tales from a Galaxy […]

Teach Your Monster to Read app review

I’m officially smitten with the Usborne Foundation’s phonics and reading game Teach Your Monster to Read (Teach Monster Games Ltd., 2014; iOS, Android, and desktop). Designed in collaboration with leading academics at the U.K.’s University of Roehampton to cover the first two years of literacy learning, this app serves as a nice complement to any […]

YA Passport with Rosalyn Eves and Heidi Heilig

Trident Booksellers & Café continued its YA Passport event series with Rosalyn Eves, author of Blood Rose Rebellion, and Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from Everywhere and its sequel The Ship Beyond Time last week. The talk, hosted by fellow author Mackenzi Lee, centered on the interaction between fantasy and history, elements present in […]

HB + Insta = ♥

We have bad news and good news for fans of @hbpodcast, the Horn Book Podcast Instagram account helmed by podcast host and Horn Book Guide assistant editor Siân Gaetano: With Siân leaving the Horn Book — sob! — in a few weeks, she is shifting that account into a personal one, renamed @kidlitchick (just like […]

What’s so funny about the 2017 Special Issue?

It turns out: a lot! In our May/June special issue on the subject of humor, Lisa Yee, Françoise Mouly, Eugene Yelchin, Philip Nel, Gail Carriger, Julia Marshall, and many more contributors cover what’s funny and what’s not (is poop funny? it depends — ha!), how to be funny, and how humor works as a narrative […]

#NESCBWI17 recap

The New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (NESCBWI) Annual Conference is a place to get re-inspired, a place to gain new insights and apply familiar ones to new projects, to encourage friends’ work. And this year, as the conference theme put it, it was a place to “Expand & Diversify Your Portfolio.” […]