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Pictures and visual literacy | class #5, spring 2017

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The next adolescent lit class (February 28, 2017) focuses on visual literacy: pictures in young adult literature, in works of both fiction and nonfiction. The prompts below address the role of these books in the classroom; you might also respond to the interplay of text and pictures (or wordlessness), or to whatever engages you most […]

“Leave the books on the bed”: Shaping a child’s social conscience

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“Maybe you can help me,” a teacher called from our school library’s biography section. “I need books about…protest, I guess.” Her son’s middle school class was debating NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem, as a protest against the oppression of people of color. At first her son defended Kaepernick, but […]

Sweet board book treats

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These loving new and upcoming board books are perfect for your little Valentine. I Love You, Little One: A Touch-and-Feel Book to Treasure by Patricia Hegarty; illus. by Thomas Elliott (Tiger Tales, March 2017) Snuggly Puppy Looks for the Perfect Hug: A Tiny Tab Book by Nosy Crow; illus. by Jannie Ho (Nosy Crow/Candlewick, December […]

All a-Twitter 2017

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Happy Valentine’s Day! What might characters of children’s and YA lit tweet to their valentines? We’ve got some ideas! See if you can guess who’s tweeting to whom — and feel free to add your own sweet kidlit tweets in the comments. @ALAYMA17: Who needs February? @March is where it’s at. @Icky: @Ooky iz unk […]

Snow day reading

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Most of New England has been buried in snow over the past few days, and many schools and workplaces are closed today. It’s a perfect excuse to cuddle up on the couch with a hot drink and a good book. Here are some suggestions for chilly reads to warm the heart — and help keep kids […]

On Vaunda Micheaux Nelson’s “Mind the Gaps: Books for ALL Young Readers” (from 2015)

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In her article from the March/April 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson looks back at her bookish childhood and how it informs her work as a youth services librarian in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. African Americans are just three percent of that city’s population — “so even fewer black teenagers […]

Black History Month, Week 2

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Throughout February, we’re celebrating Black History Month by highlighting articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field. Look for the social media tag #HBBlackHistoryMonth17 on Facebook.com/TheHornBook and @HornBook. This week’s articles: Andrea Davis Pinkney’s 2013 CSK Author Award acceptance speech […]

Sound Rebound app review

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“Sound Rebound is an offbeat experience of color and sound that invites you to create ricochets, bounces, or bumps to investigate seeing and hearing. Imagine yourself inside a fluid world of 2-D shapes and design. What does it look and sound like? That’s up to you,” writes the Exploratorium of its newest app release (November 2016; iOS […]

Fascinating: 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour

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The Sydney Taylor Book Award 2017 Blog Tour features interviews with gold and silver medalists. Visit jewishlibraries.org for the full schedule of blog tour stops and follow the Association of Jewish Library’s blog. Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy is a warm, personal picture-book biography written by the late actor/photographer’s close friend and gallerist Richard […]

Life lessons in “best friend” easy readers

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As a Pre-K teacher, I want to help my students learn to socialize and make friends. Inevitably, children often pair off and become best friends as the year progresses. These relationships involve playing and experiencing great joy together. But best friends can also fight, argue, annoy, and experience sadness. I want to help children in […]