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 […]

Christmas board books

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In our annual “Holiday High Notes” roundup, we recommend holiday books for the picture book set and up. Here are a few good choices — starring familiar faces — for the littlest of listeners at Christmastime. Lucy Cousins’s beloved character Maisy and her friends prepare for their holiday celebration in Christmas-tree-shaped board book Maisy’s Christmas […]

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Miniature Classic Novels Book Necklace Charm: Garth Nix's Sabriel by JaDaJewelry

I know we’re in full holiday swing, but there’s still 1) time to think about bookish gifts to give your bookish loved ones and 2) time to hint about bookish gifts you’d like to receive yourself. Really, bookish gifts are great any time of year! I suspect I have successfully browbeaten my aunt into getting […]

Look! Up in the sky! It’s…Super Roger!

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This week Roger talked with living-comics-legend Stan Lee about his new book Zodiac. That made us think of Roger as a superhero: his bow tie doubles as a boomerang! to chase down bad-guys! and retrieve books off high library shelves! It also made us think of Roger in tights and Spandex, which just made us […]

The Dance Happy Project

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Over on Twitter, @mecaplan directed us to a cause dear to my dance-lovin’ heart: The Dance Happy Project. The project was initiated by eleven-year-old Georgia Bernbaum, who writes on the Dance Happy site that her goal is to “bring dance classes to more children, children who would not normally have access to dance lessons.” Proceeds […]

Five questions for Lizzie Skurnick

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Since 2013, Lizzie Skurnick Books (LSB; an imprint of Ig Publishing) has been handpicking and reissuing “the very best in young adult literature, from the classics of the 1930s and 1940s to the social novels of the 1970s and 1980s.” The list gained a passel of built-in followers with the release of Sydney Taylor’s All-of-a-Kind-Family series, […]

Chanukah at the Chorn Book

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“Oh Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah / Come eat the menorah…” The Festival of Lights begins at sundown tomorrow, Tuesday, December 16. Here are some recent Hanukkah-themed picture books to enjoy (by candlelight?). Reviews are from The Horn Book Magazine‘s Holiday High Notes and from The Horn Book Guide Online. For more Horn Book Hanukkah recommendations click […]

BA-BA-DOOK.

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A horror movie about an evil children’s book is, understandably, not everyone’s thing. But given that I’m both a horror fan and a big kidlit nerd, I’ve been waiting for Australian indie film The Babadook to hit US theaters since I first saw the trailer online several months ago. Despite its cleaning up at Sundance, […]

Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer app review

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Developer Sago Sago‘s Sago Mini series offers exploration-based game apps (including Forest Flyer, Space Explorer, and Road Trip) for toddlers and early primary users. Explore an ocean full of funny, often fantastical surprises as a cute little fish in Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer (2013). The app opens with a view of the ocean floor, where […]

Fanfare 2014 Notes

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Da-da-da-daaaaaa! It’s here: the Fanfare special edition of Notes is arriving in subscribers’ inboxes right now. We began with a long longlist, then fought it ou— er, cordially discussed the options until we whittled it down to twenty-nine favorites of 2014. With picture books, fiction, folklore, poetry, and nonfiction, there’s something — probably several things […]