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 […]

Liniers on What There Is Before There Is Anything There

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In the November/December 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, editor Martha Parravano asked Argentinian cartoonist Liniers about the inspiration for his “deeply unsettling” but “bravely existential” new picture book, What There Is Before There Is Anything There: A Scary Story. Read the full review here. Martha V. Parravano: What made you decide to make […]

Special delivery

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We just received this lovely advent calendar — “Christmas in the Square” by Eve Tharlet — in the mail from publisher NorthSouth. What a nice surprise (and a good way to combat my case of the bah-humbugs). Thank you, NorthSouth!

The Human Body app review

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Last week’s edition of Nonfiction Notes offered several recommended books about medicine and the human body (plus books on social change, how things work, indigenous cultures, and geography/cartography). Another resource, TinyBop’s The Human Body app, introduces the human body and its systems through exploratory play. Begin by selecting from four child avatars. The app’s main […]

Kitten envy

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It seems as though all of my friends have new kittens and want to torture me by constantly posting pictures, resulting in a serious case of kitten envy. For various reasons (#1 being my neurotic adult cat), introducing a kitten to my life is not the best plan at the moment, so I’m contenting myself […]

Read like the Obamas

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Over the weekend, the Obamas did some shopping at the DC indie bookstore Politics and Prose to support Small Business Saturday. Here’s what they bought. And here’s what The Horn Book thought of their selections when they were originally published. Reviews are from The Horn Book Guide Online and The Horn Book Magazine. Cronin, Doreen […]

Readinvent this book

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The urge to write in your books never really goes away, does it? For the older generation, it manifests as underlining and annotating. For the younger crowd, it might be taking attendance for a pretend classroom in your Lion King book during naptime. Maybe. Possibly. I definitely wouldn’t know, because I was a respectful, rule-following […]

#HBWhoSaidIt? quotes

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Every day in November we’re tweeting (from @HornBook) a quote about the creative process, by a children’s author or illustrator. Can you guess who said it? Click the hashtag #HBWhoSaidIt? for the latest tweets. See all “Who Said It?” quotes and their sources below. 11/3: “When I’m not writing well, I can barely remember what […]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 movie review

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The team behind The Hunger Games film adaptations gets it. With plenty of explosions and covert operations to draw from in Suzanne Collins’s source material, Lionsgate Films’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 could have been just an action movie. Instead, the filmmakers’ decision to split the book into two movies allows the characters’ emotional […]