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Pili Pop: Español app review

In Pili Pop Labs‘ immersive language-learning apps, you play a cute alien creature who has just landed on Earth and needs to acquire human language — fast. I gave Pili Pop: Español (2015; iOS and Android) a try to brush up on my (rusty) Spanish. Vocabulary (numbers, clothing, animals, fruits, body parts, etc.) is presented […]

World Down Syndrome Day 2017

For World Down Syndrome Day, we’ve compiled a selection of children’s books that we hope support the mission of Down Syndrome International “to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.” You can […]

The Princess Bride: The “Good Parts”

You know those scarves that are all the rage, the ones covered in portions of text from a book? For once in my life, I feel fashionable, as a dear friend gave me one as a gift. I recognized the text pretty quickly as coming from a book I’ve loved since I was ten: William […]

Women’s History Month, Week 3

March is Women’s History Month, and now seems like an especially important time to celebrate the achievements of women and girls. Look for the hashtag #HBWomensHistory17 on Facebook and Twitter and here at hbook.com. This week’s articles: Roger Sutton on Horn Book founder Bertha Mahony Miller: “What would Bertha do?” Two picture book biographies about […]

St. Patrick’s Day reading

Erin go bragh! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this updated list of nonfiction about Ireland and its history, fiction starring Irish and Irish American protagonists, and a little bit of pure blarney. All of the following titles were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide at the time of their publication; reviews are reprinted […]

Another look at “A Second Look”

Rereading a favorite book from childhood can be a bittersweet experience. Part of what’s so fulfilling about the practice of rereading is that you’re a different reader each time. Your increased knowledge of the story, literature at large, yourself, and/or the world makes subsequent readings of the same story and the same characters richer. On […]

Care for Our World app review

Care for Our World (Sunbreak Games, March 2017; iOS only), the app based on a 2012 picture book written by Karen Robbins and illustrated by Alexandra Ball (Compendium Inc.), seeks “to inspire children to care for the earth they call home: a timely reminder of the responsibility every generation shares to nurture and respect life […]

Movers & Shakers

There are some familiar faces on Library Journal‘s annual “Movers & Shakers” list, including elementary school librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro. Read about how Liz shakes up her school’s library in her Horn Book articles “Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School” and “Squeaky Little Wheels.” And spend some time perusing the Library Journal […]

Women’s History Month, Week 2

March is Women’s History Month, and now seems like an especially important time to celebrate the achievements of women and girls. Look for the hashtag #HBWomensHistory17 on Facebook and Twitter and here at hbook.com. This week’s articles: Review of Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins (plus her article on sisterhood in […]

Kate DiCamillo gives a lecture, answers a billion questions from kids, and signs until the cows come home

If you’ve never been to a Kate DiCamillo author event, you may have never experienced anything like it. Rock star, schmock star — the immediate past National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is her own brand of celebrity, beloved by children everywhere, not least the approximately one billion who attended the inaugural annual Margret and […]