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Melody Jams app review

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Similar in structure to Toca Boca’s Toca Band (but both a little less substantial and a little less…out there), Melody Jams (Melody Jams Inc., April 2016; iOS only) lets you rock out with your own hand-picked backup band. Fill up to five band spots by selecting from twelve monster musicians on instruments such as guitar, […]

Freedom in Congo Square

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Do you ever think you know a lot about a topic and then open a book to read something completely new? That’s what happened when I read this offering from Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie. I thought I knew just about everything about slavery in the 1800s in our country, at least all […]

September Notes is on the way!

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September’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter mails today! This issue we talk with Vera Brosgol (known for her YA graphic novel Anya’s Ghost) about her debut picture book Leave Me Alone! This month’s other goodies: • picture books behaving badly • chapter books about animal lovers and interspecies friendships • graphic-novel adventures for intermediate […]

Welcome, families!

Family Reading

Welcome to The Horn Book’s newest blog, Family Reading, a place to find children’s book recommendations, vigorous discussion and debate, advice, and humor about sharing books in the home. We are using both the words family and reading in the broadest possible sense. If, as Sister Sledge sings it, “We Are Family,” then “family” expands […]

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

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Thanks for chiming in with the books you are excited about! I still have the feeling that The Book has not been mentioned yet…no reason for that feeling, really, but I just think I am missing something. (I know, for instance, that new books illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, Jerry Pinkney, and Ashley Bryan are forthcoming.) […]

Happy 100th birthday, Roald Dahl!

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Roald Dahl wrote a lot, from short stories for adults to fantastical novels for kids. But what I love best about his work is the poetry, which he often tucked into his novels in the form of characters bursting into song. (Those Oompa Loompas had songs in the books with nary a “doopity doo.”) So […]

Goodnight unicorn lovers everywhere

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Goodnight Unicorn by Pearl E. Horne, illustrated by Kendra Spanjer (Bailiwick Press, February 2016) bills itself as “a magical parody” of – you guessed it! – Goodnight Moon. Given the descriptor parody right there on the cover, I expected the book to be silly: filled with farting rainbows and all that. Parodies are supposed to […]

Nursery Rhymes with StoryTime app review

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Classic nursery rhymes meet interactive twenty-first-century technology in the Nursery Rhymes with StoryTime app (ustwo, 2011). Beginning with “Jack and Jill,” children can read and/or hear eight nursery rhymes and manipulate the characters and their props, sometimes in humorous ways — for example, swipe that pail of water up the well and a fish pops […]

Welcome back! September is here!

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The Olympics are over, hurricane season is in full force, the heat of summer still keeps many of us indoors, the new school year is underway, and it’s time for Caldecott thoughts. I pull out my Caldecott manual and highlight the criteria and schedule. At this point, the people on the real Caldecott committee are busy […]

It’s the end of the world as we know it…

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I was just looking something up in the November/December 2015 HB Mag and spotted these two YA novels — with their matchy-matchy titles and covers — on facing pages: Yikes. Think the authors know something we don’t?