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An open letter for National Poetry Month

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Dear Mr. Silverstein, dear Ms. Goose, dear Mr. Prelutsky, dear Dr. Seuss, dear Mr. Hughes, and dear Ms. Frost, I’m writing to confess that I’ve sometimes lost whatever connects me to a chapbook or a slam though a big fan of poetry I am. Iamb! It’s just that the volume of volumes of plot can […]

Purple

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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today 2 get through this thing called Life… We were saddened to hear of Prince’s death yesterday. In honor of the Purple One, here’s a small collection of purple-centric books for young readers — many of them also celebrating the Princely values of individuality, creativity, and imagination. All are […]

MarcoPolo Ocean app review

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MarcoPolo Ocean (MarcoPolo, 2014) — in the same series as MarcoPolo Arctic — introduces young children to an ocean biome. A blue sea with gentle waves appears on the main screen as vaguely Caribbean-sounding background music plays. Before beginning, you can orient yourself by investigating underwater, looking at some fish, bobbing the buoy, etc. The […]

Recommended reading about Harriet Tubman

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Today the U. S. Treasury announced that Underground Railroad conductor and abolitionist Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. The new design will be revealed in 2020. To celebrate, here are a handful of books about Tubman’s life and legacy, all reviewed and recommended at the time of their publication by The […]

Red.

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Red. Red tells us a young lady is daring. Bold. Bright. She’s ready to break out of old, familiar roles and start anew, maybe with a new boy (or a new boy, or a new boy). She’s ready for anything. Except showing her face. ‘Cause that’s a bit much, y’all.       Also, she […]

Under the sign of Sanders

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Found on the Harvard Law School campus, in the shadow of Sanders Theatre no less. Who knew the silly old bear was studying to be a lawyer? Take along these two real-life Winnie-the-Pooh picture books, ring the tiny little doorbell, and see if Winnie answers.

Kiko’s Thinking Time app review

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In today’s exciting installment of “Shoshana Is Bad at Spatial Reasoning”…Kiko’s Thinking Time (Kiko Labs, 2015)! This is an app with a lot of games that help hone a lot of skills. I’m sorry, did I say “a lot?” I meant “a zillion.” Approximately. Each day, the app provides a “Daily Quest.” Complete a series […]

April Notes is here

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In the April Notes from the Horn Book newsletter, we ask poet Roxane Orgill 5Q about Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph (including her recommended jazz playlist!). This issue also features poetry collections to help intermediate readers celebrate National Poetry Month picture books to inspire close observation middle-grade historical fiction set in the […]

Bob Raczka on Wet Cement

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In our May/June 2016 issue, reviewer Sarah Ellis asked Bob Raczka about poetry in unconventional places. Read the starred review of Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems. Sarah Ellis: Have you ever, yourself, written in wet cement or indulged in any other sneaky poetry? Bob Raczka: Sneaky poetry? Hmmm. In my day job as […]

Today’s the day! Happy 100th birthday, Beverly Cleary

Beth McIntyre, Madison County (WI) Public librarian, shows off her Ramona Quimby Q tattoo.

One hundred years ago today — April 12, 1916 — children’s literature icon Beverly Cleary was born. Today we hope she’s enjoying a gigantic slice of carrot cake! We’ve been celebrating her life and legacy in the pages of The Horn Book and at hbook.com. Here are some of children’s literature’s best and brightest on […]