Happy Year of the Horse!

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The celebration of Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, begins today! Eat some dumplings and share one of these books for young readers, recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide, which feature the holiday. (And go celebrate with author/illustrator Grace Lin at the Carle Museum tomorrow!) Picture books […]

RIP, Pete Seeger

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Great singer-songwriter/activist Pete Seeger died on Monday at the age of ninety-four. Here are a few picture book versions of his folk songs, reviewed in The Horn Book Guide. In Turn! Turn! Turn!: Words from Ecclesiastes, Wendy Anderson Halperin illustrates Seeger’s Ecclesiastes-inspired folk song with delicate watercolor and pencil art depicting nature, feelings, folk causes, […]

Wee Alphas: Find Your Special Letter app review

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Developer Wee Society’s alphabet app Wee Alphas: Find Your Special Letter (2012) is “designed to encourage positive interactions between preschoolers and grown-ups” in addition to supporting pre-literacy skills. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by an animal whose species and name correspond to that letter, e.g., Eli the elephant, Sidney the squirrel. The menagerie […]

Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan on The Mad Potter

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In the January/February 2014 Horn Book Magazine, editor Martha Parravano asked Mad Potter authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan about choosing their unusual subject. Read the review here. Martha V. Parravano: How did you discover this fairly unknown subject? Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan: During the New Orleans ALA we headed over to Biloxi to […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Day reading

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides an opportunity to reflect not only on the life of the great civil rights leader, but also on how far we’ve come — and how far we still have to go. Below are some recommended books about Dr. King’s legacy to share and discuss. What are your favorite books […]

Have you voted?

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Voting in the second annual Calling Caldecott Mock Caldecott began earlier today! First up is a ballot of the twenty-four-title longlist. Vote for your first, second, and third choices — just like the real Caldecott committee. This ballot will be open until 9 am on Tuesday, January 21st, and results will be posted at noon. […]

Kid’s best friends

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We’ve updated our list of recommended books about pets. You’ll find dog (of course!), cat, hamster, and even rhinoceros books for readers from preschool through elementary school. All of the titles were published within the last few years and reviewed in The Horn Book Magazine. No horse books here, I’m afraid, but you can find […]

Follow the Golden rules

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Now that 2014 is here, many people are thinking about those New Year’s resolutions. Some are turning to self-help books (or parodies of them) for advice. For the children’s book lover, Diane Muldrow’s Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book (Golden Books, September 2013) stands out. Muldrow, editorial director of […]

Jeune filles fatales

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As Elissa and Shara have both noted, YA themes tend to be cyclical. Vampires, zombies, mermaids, cyborgs, even Emily Dickinson devotees have all had — are still having — major upswings in YA. Dia Reeves’s 2011 Slice of Cherry (Simon Pulse) starred sisters Kit and Fancy, who took after their serial killer father. Now with […]

January Notes

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The first Notes issue of the new year is here! We asked eight people-in-the-know what they think (or just desperately hope) might win the Newbery and Caldecott Medals. Also in this issue: • around the world in four new picture books • reread-worthy easy readers • nonfiction about scientists and their work • YA novels […]