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How Many Saturdays? app review

What if we measured our lives in units other than hours, days, months, and years? Would life “feel shorter? Longer? More absurd? More precious?” The Exploratorium‘s app How Many Saturdays? (2015; iOS only) considers this idea by comparing the number of Saturdays in one’s lifespan to other, less common measurements of time. After a brief […]

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2017

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day — part of the National Poetry Month celebration. Here are two favorite poems, tucked into the pockets of Horn Bookers Shoshana and Katie: Editor in chief Roger Sutton says he “doesn’t do Days” — but that may be because he posts a bit of verse and an accompanying […]

Recommended baseball books

Play ball! The books below include both fiction and nonfiction titles for a range of ages. 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 individual child is the real criterion. For more […]

Here Comes Science…Marchers

On Saturday morning (a.k.a. Earth Day 2017), my friend, fellow science-enthusiast, and Scientists in the Field author Amy Cherrix and I braved the damp, drizzly weather to head down to the Parkman Bandstand, where the Kids’ March for Science Boston was taking place next to the adult march on the Boston Common. We only stayed […]

Earth Day 2017

Earth Day and the March for Science are tomorrow! The campaign focus for Earth Day 2017 is “Environmental and Climate Literacy.” In keeping with that theme, the books below celebrate our precious planet, educate about the crises it faces, and offer age-appropriate models for environmental activism. The list includes both fiction and nonfiction titles for […]

Reflex app review

In addition to hearing the Duran Duran song in my head, I know Reflex (ExploreLearning, iPad app released 2014; iOS and desktop) as a program that my child’s teacher uses to supplement the class’s math curriculum…and with which my kid is obsessed. While it’s geared toward classroom use (and homeschooling), we play it happily on […]

Diversifying Barbie & Mortal Kombat: 20 Years Later Celebration at MIT

On April 6, the Women’s & Gender Studies and Comparative Media Studies departments at MIT sponsored the daylong conference “Diversifying Barbie & Mortal Kombat: 20 Years Later Celebration” — spearheaded by the amazing and indefatigable Dr. Kishonna L. Gray and with “opening reflections” by Dr. T.L. Taylor — to explore race, gender, sexuality, representation, and […]

Calling all Easter bunnies!

Easter is this Sunday! If you’re running a little late for this important date, don’t worry — here’s a new crop of board books perfect for tucking into Easter baskets. Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching by Laura Gehl; illus. by Joyce Wan (Farrar, January 2017) Seeking a Bunny by Angela DiTerlizzi; illus. by Allie […]

Fiete Hide and Seek app review

Friendly sailor Fiete invites you to play a favorite childhood game in Fiete Hide and Seek (Ahoiii, April 2017; iOS only). Tap on rocks and plants in a range of landscapes to look for Fiete behind them. If you’re stumped, tap the dog icon at bottom right to whistle for a pup who will help […]

April’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter

No bull: in this month’s newsletter Elissa Gershowitz has five questions for author David Elliott about his job as a cucumber washer, Poseidon’s potty mouth, and whether we’ll get to see Bull: The Musical. In this issue you’ll also find: • more YA retellings of old tales • picture books about small acts of kindness […]