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Happy Birthday, Mister President

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Today is President Obama’s birthday. To celebrate, here are some books by and about our forty-fourth president. The titles below were reviewed and recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide at the time of their publication; reviews (with dates) reprinted below. For more, here are booklists about presidents’ families and First […]

The Little Prince Coloring Book

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Happy National Coloring Book Day! Long gone are the days when coloring books were just for kids — although, were they ever really? Now choices available for coloring books are quite varied; there are ones for kids, for adults, and even some for all ages based on beloved books for children. The Little Prince Coloring […]

Jennifer L. Holm on Full of Beans

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In our July/August 2016 issue, reviewer Betty Carter asks author Jennifer L. Holm about the inspiration for her new novel Full of Beans. Read the full starred review. Betty Carter: You have a knack of making a story so time-specific (the Great Depression in Full of Beans, for example), yet so universal in theme. What […]

Let your fan flag fly!

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This weekend, fans all over the world got to have an experience we thought we’d never have again: the anticipation of a new Harry Potter book. The release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two, the script of the new London play of the same name, created all the excitement you […]

Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary

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Exunckly. Frobscottle. Geraneous Giraffe. Wonka bar. The Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary (compiled by lexicographer Susan Rennie; Oxford University Press, September 2016) is “an extra-usual dictionary” (extra-usual, of course, meaning “extraordinarily large or extraordinarily powerful — or both, in the case of the BFG’s ears”). It includes everyday words related in some way to Roald Dahl’s […]

Happy birthday, dear Beatrix

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On this 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter‘s birth, I count myself lucky to have met a handful of people who knew her in her later years, when she was most decidedly not Beatrix Potter, but Mrs. William Heelis. By the time she married at age 47, she was beginning to put the “little books” behind […]

Daily Wonder app review

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Fans of R. J. Palacio’s 2012 book Wonder are probably familiar with the author’s #ChooseKind pledge and her 2014 book 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts. Now they can receive happiness-themed quotations each day with the Daily Wonder app (Random House, 2015). The app is no-frills: tap “Daily Wonder” in the pull-out menu […]

Updated not-so-new New Yorkers

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We just HAD to update this post to include this beautiful Kadir Nelson cover: Read 2011’s Kadir Nelson Talks with Roger about Nelson’s book Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans and publisher Donna Bray’s 2012 profile of Nelson. There are many more…here are a couple others of note. *    *    * […]

FLOTUS booklist

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Here are some books for children and young adults about First Ladies of the United States. The titles below were reviewed and recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide at the time of their publication; reviews (with dates) reprinted below. Click here for more recent Hillary Clinton books — there are […]

Harrumph.

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Protagonists are having terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days in these new and upcoming picture books: (What’s with the pissy penguins? I thought they were supposed to have happy feet.) Fortunately, these grumpy characters find ways to turn their frowns upside-down. The protagonist of Jory John and Lane Smith’s Penguin Problems gets a reality […]