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Lil’ Red: An Interactive Story app review

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What’s black and white and red all over? Lil’ Red: An Interactive Story (2013), Brian Main’s savvy digital retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood.” This light version of the fairy tale more or less follows the traditional trajectory but minimizes scariness. Naive Lil’ Red sets out through the woods for her grandmother’s, meets a hungry […]

May Notes is out!

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May’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter has 5Q for Mordicai Gerstein about the infuriating-but-endearing deity of his new picture book I Am Pan! In this issue you’ll also find more new takes on old tales light-hearted fantasy novels for intermediate readers middle-school nonfiction about scientific innovations and innovators compelling audiobooks for teens Read the […]

Trending: cults in YA

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Lately the YA sci-fi/fantasy market has been dominated by Strong Female Protagonists who take down corrupt regimes or lead groups of survivors in the post-apocalypse. Meanwhile, Strong Female Protagonists in realism have been dealing with more day-to-day issues: boyfriends, girlfriends, dead parents, mental illness, etc. These young ladies, while being emotionally courageous, have not been […]

Lisa Brown on The Airport Book

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In our May/June 2016 issue, editor Martha Parravano chatted with Lisa Brown about the motley cast of characters in her high-flying new picture book. Read the starred review of The Airport Book. Martha V. Parravano: Who was your favorite character to follow through the book? Lisa Brown: My favorite character was one that my son […]

Mock award results | Class #6, 2016

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The children’s lit class met for the last time last night and we held six (6!) mock book award deliberations. Each student chose which award they wanted to judge and had free reign to nominate any eligible book. I’m pretty sure every last one of them also brought snacks to fuel their discussions. You can […]

Mother: Treat Her Right 2016

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What’s better than hearing Mr. T extol the virtues of mothers? (that would be: nothing) You know who else loved their mothers? Abraham Lincoln (“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother”) and John Quincy Adams (“All that I am, my mother made me”), among others, whose pithy remarks […]

Boston-area events in May

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It’s a busy month for Boston bibliophiles! Here’s a small sampling of events coming up in May; check out our event calendar for all details and even more events. The 2016 Kids Reading Across Rhode Island program will feature graphic novelist Victoria Jamieson, creator of the 2016 Newbery Honor book Roller Girl. Meet Jamieson at […]

It IS raining in Boston this week!

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Some of Roger’s smallest fans send him a thank-you.

iLearnWith Max & Ruby: Science! app review

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iLearnWith Max & Ruby: Science! (Tribal Nova, 2013) features the beloved characters from Rosemary Wells’s books and TV show playing backyard games to illustrate some basic scientific concepts. As the app opens, Max and Ruby stand in front of three game options: “Water Blast,” “Ball-O-Rama,” and “Make Believe.” Just tap the game you’d like to […]

Cinco de Mayo reading

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It’s Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate with this updated list of books starring the holiday itself, Mexican and Mexican American protagonists, and the Spanish language — all recommended at the time of publication by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide. (For more recommended Spanish-language and bilingual books, click here.) Picture books In Alma […]