November Boston-area children’s lit events

Photo: Marty Umans

November is absolutely packed with children’s literature related events in and near Boston. Here are just a few highlights; see our calendar for even more events. It’s National Novel Writing Month! Check the calendar for write-in events throughout the month in various venues. Tonight, November 5th at 7:00 pm, author Mike Lupica will be signing […]

The Earth app review

tinybop earth title screen

At the start of The Earth app (Tinybop, September 2015), our blue planet rotates against a field of stars, with occasional comets flashing by (reminiscent of the opening to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos). Scroll along a timeline at top of the screen to move through four geological eras, beginning with the Hadean Eon — the […]

DinoWriMo on NaNoWriMo


“Gee, writing a whole novel in a month is a lot of work. I need a stegonographer. It’s so hard to come up with a di-plot-ocus so quickly, with a structure and a dinoument and everything. I bet the Brontësaurus sisters didn’t work like this.” For more terrible puns, click the tag DinoWriMo.



“It’s National Novel Writing Month!” “It’s Dinovember!” Stop! You’re both right! #DinoWriMo More to come from The Horn Book @HornBook (Spoiler alert: there will be puns. Terrible ones.) For more terrible puns, click the tag DinoWriMo.

Happy (almost) Halloween from The Horn BOooOOooOOk

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Tomorrow’s Halloween, which means it’s time for a few of our favorite bookish Halloween traditions! Namely… All Hallow’s Read This tradition — started by author Neil Gaiman waaaaayyy back in the olden days of 2010 — simply consists of giving scary books in the week leading up to Halloween. (Instead of candy?!, you ask. No, […]

The Boy Meets Girl Massacre (Annotated)

hogarth_boy meets girl massacre annotated

I was initially drawn to Ainslie Hogarth’s The Boy Meets Girl Massacre (Annotated) because it’s almost Halloween, and I was in the mood for something spooky or unsettling. I was also intrigued by the nonlinear format. This gross-out YA paperback original did turn out to be unsettling…but not quite in the way I had hoped. […]

Toca Boo app review

toca boo candle

Just in time for Halloween, little ones can play Toca Boo (Toca Boca, 2014), a virtual version of that thing where you sneak up on someone and yell “Boo!” A little red-spectacled girl pulls a sheet over her head and floats around her dark-and-shadowy house looking for victims; readers use their finger to lead her […]

Cuckoo’s song


I discovered the podcast “Lore” yesterday, and I’m already eleven episodes in. Created by supernatural thriller author Aaron Mahnke, “Lore” tells real-life stories behind or informed by scary folklore, urban legends, and other creepy tales. Thus far, it’s covered the requisite vampires (this particular case taking place in colonial Massachusetts), werewolves (in medieval Germany), and […]

Don Brown on Drowned City

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In our September/October issue, reviewer Betty Carter asked Don Brown, author/illustrator of nonfiction graphic novel Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans, about what we can learn from the events of Hurricane Katrina. Read the full starred review of Drowned City here. Betty Carter: So many of your books cover a pivotal moment in American […]

Halloween 2015: tricks and treats for all ages

#AuthorAskYourself: IF THIS WAS THE EFFECT YOU INTENDED. -Roger Sutton

“When witches clean their closets out / and find their riding brooms…” You know it’s Halloween! Here are some recommended new books from The Horn Book that are sure to please trick-or-treaters of all ages. Tiny pumpkins: Board book roundup fall 2015: Halloween books for toddlers Little ghosties: Horn Boo! 2015: recommended new picture books […]