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Making a Difference, Week 2

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This month we’re celebrating people who have Made a Difference through their good work. Each day, we’ll highlight a book about someone who has effected positive change, with a roundup on Fridays. Follow the hashtag #HBMaDJan17 @HornBook and Facebook.com/TheHornBook. This week’s picks: Review of Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Javaka Steptoe’s […]

On “Radio Penderwick,” bedtime (audio)books, and more

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Just like their print counterparts, audiobooks play many roles in the home. This week we looked at some different ways audiobooks accompany families — at bedtime during road trips, and really any time (or, Rachael Stein’s case, all the time). Here’s a roundup of our mini-celebration. At Family Reading on Monday, Kitty Flynn shared her […]

Audio bedtime stories…for grownups

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In this week’s Family Reading post “Go to sleep, my little darling,” Kristy Pasquariello discusses how audiobooks help her young children settle down and prepare to sleep. I read her thoughts with interest: in addition to lots of daytime listening, I’ve been using audiobooks at bedtime for years, beginning long after childhood. Just like Kristy and […]

Me app review

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Remember Dr. Seuss’s My Book About Me? Me by Tinybop (November 2016; iOS only) is a lot like that. You start by creating an avatar for yourself, choosing from a number of options for the shapes and hues of your face, your eyes, etc. There are enough options that I found myself looking in a […]

Vote!

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Calling Caldecott has opened its first ballot for voting so get over there and choose your top three. My first choice was Ashley Bryan’s Freedom over Over Me–I remember when Betsy Hearne took heat at BCCB for suggesting in an editorial that Brock Cole’s Celine was worthy of the Medal, and an SLJ editor chastised her […]

Calling Caldecott 2017 ballot #1 now open

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Here is a link to the 2017 Calling Caldecott ballot. It will be open until 9 a.m. (EST) tomorrow — Friday, January 13. Around 1 p.m., we will post the results and a link to the second ballot. Go ahead and lobby for your favorites in the comments here. Or mourn for the books that […]

January’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter

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A new year means a new newsletter! This time around we chat with Andrea Davis Pinkney about her new Ezra Jack Keats biography, A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day. You’ll also find • more snowy-day picture books • chapter books with determined everygirl heroines […]

The 2017 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

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The 2017 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Full of Beans, by Jennifer L. Holm, published by Random House Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. Narrator Beans Curry immerses middle-grade readers in his kid world of Depression-era Key West, where he and his pals rub shoulders with rum […]

Laying out the voting rules, 2016 edition

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Okay, you know the drill. The Real Committee will meet in less than two weeks to make their final decisions. How in the world are they going to do it? I DON’T KNOW. We had a horrible time putting our ballot together, and we didn’t have hours of discussion and gallons of coffee to aid […]

Go to sleep, my little darling

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When my kids were babies, I went through such an excruciating period of sleep deprivation that I remain, to this day, traumatized. At the slightest sign of a sleep issue, I still snap to attention and do everything I can possibly think of to nip it in the bud. When they were babies and toddlers, […]