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june 2016 notes

It’s the second Wednesday of the month, and you know what that means: June’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter — the 100th issue, in fact! — is headed your way. This issue has 5Q for author/Broadway veteran Tim Federle about his novel The Great American Whatever, other queer-centric books for young readers, and (of […]

June Boston-area events

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We had a great time at the second annual Hubbub Festival this past weekend — did you? If you missed out, don’t worry! There are lots of great events coming up this month. Here’s a small sampling, see our event calendar for all details and even more events. Illustrator E. B. Lewis will visit multiple […]

RIP Ali

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He was the greatest. Remember The Champ with these biographies, all recommended at their time of publication by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide. Reviews reprinted from The Horn Book Guide Online. Primary Bolden, Tonya  The Champ: The Story of Muhammad Ali Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Knopf     2004 Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. This carefully […]

Happy Pride Month!

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June is LGBT Pride Month! We’re celebrating with new and archival Horn Book articles, reviews, interviews, and booklists featuring LGBTQIA+ characters and book creators, one per day for the rest of the month with a roundup on Fridays. Look for the social media tag #HBLGBTPride16 on Facebook.com/TheHornBook and @HornBook. We kick things off with Barbara […]

Hansel and Gretel app review

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If you’re in the mood to be a little bit scared, a little bit charmed, and maybe a little bit hungry for sugary houses, the Hansel and Gretel app by Fusee (2015) might just be for you. On each page of this adaptation, you can listen to the (sometimes forced) rhyming text and follow along; […]

Books in bloom

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It’s almost summer! The weather is getting warmer, the daydreams are kicking in, and the flowers are blooming — outside and on YA covers. Take a look:    

Daniel Tiger’s Stop & Go Potty app review

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Potty training is the worst. Mr. Rogers is the best. PBS Kids’s animated television show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood — which, per the Fred Rogers Company “builds on the pioneering PBS series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” — has a new potty-training app, Stop & Go Potty (February 2016), starring the Daniel Tiger characters. The home screen features Daniel […]

Potty booklist

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And don’t forget to suggest names for our upcoming parent-themed blog! The Saddest Toilet in the World by Sam Apple; illus. by Sam Ricks Preschool Aladdin/Simon 32 pp. 6/16 978-1-4814-5122-2 $17.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4814-5123-9 $10.99 Potty training is serious business for all involved, but what of the unsung toilet? Does anyone consider its feelings? Apple […]

Ice cream and existentialism

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There are so many things to say about Naoshi‘s picture book Ice Cream Work (Overcup Press, October 2015), but for the sake of orientation, I’ll begin with a brief synopsis. This, according to the jacket copy, is “an utterly delicious story of a humble ice cream cone trying to find meaningful work.” And so it […]

Happy 75th anniversary, Make Way for Ducklings!

Make Way for Ducklings, by Nancy Schon

Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings doesn’t fly off the shelves in most places, as far as I know. It wasn’t a huge part of my Albany, New York childhood. It isn’t a flashy book, a colorful book, a rhyming book, or — let’s face it — a conveniently short book. Maybe most places don’t […]