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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 […]

Let’s collaborate in May!

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The Horn Book Magazine‘s May/June Special Issue is on the theme “Collaborations.” You can read the table of contents here, and please read executive editor Martha V. Parravano’s editorial “&” here. Heck, you might want to read it every day — it’s that smart and insightful. “So look for ampersands everywhere you can…” Throughout the […]

Yuyi Morales on Thunder Boy Jr.

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In our March/April 2016 issue, editor Elissa Gershowitz asked illustrator Yuyi Morales about that scene-stealing little sister in Thunder Boy Jr. Read the starred review of Thunder Boy Jr. Elissa Gershowitz: This is Thunder Boy Jr.’s story, but you’ve got to love little-sis Lillian. How did her part in the story evolve? Yuyi Morales: Thunder […]

East Side, West Side

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Thank you, Allie Jane Bruce, for inviting me to come tell a story last week at the Bank Street College library. It was great to TRIP TRAP TRIP TRAP over that bridge one more time. And I loved spending time with my longtime friend Richard Peck, whose new book THE BEST MAN comes out in the […]

Last children’s lit class in 2016

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It’s hard to believe that this half-semester module is finishing up in one week. Tonight the students are handing in their annotated bibliographies — the big written assignment in this course. Next, we head into the last class for a little fun. We are reading Charlotte’s Web for dessert but most of our last meeting […]

Charlotte’s Web | Class #6, 2016

Charlotte's Web

During our last class meeting, we will be holding six mock book award sessions. There are four Caldecott groups and one each for Geisel and Sibert. Check out the books they have nominated here and tell us which one would get your first vote. Charlotte’s Web has been my last class reading assignment for several […]

Mock book awards | Class #6, 2016

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During our last class, students will meet in mock award groups. We did this for the first time last year and it went surprisingly well. This year the class is larger, which means there will be four Caldecott committees instead of two. Like last year, we will follow the terms and criteria as outlined by […]

BGHB Awards submissions—last call!

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

With the May 15th deadline looming, consider this the last call for 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award submissions. Publishers, big and small, we urge you to make sure you’ve sent all worthy eligible books (published between June 1st, 2015, and May 31st, 2016) to the judges. Please follow the submission guidelines carefully, and contact Katrina […]

Empire Run app review

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The setup of Empire Run (Planet H/Red Games, 2014) is similar to another Planet H/Red Games app, Frontier Heroes (and with the same caveat about some arguably stereotypical images; see details below) several sections, themed by historical time period, each contain a few games; each game has a number of different levels which allow the […]

An open letter for National Poetry Month

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Dear Mr. Silverstein, dear Ms. Goose, dear Mr. Prelutsky, dear Dr. Seuss, dear Mr. Hughes, and dear Ms. Frost, I’m writing to confess that I’ve sometimes lost whatever connects me to a chapbook or a slam though a big fan of poetry I am. Iamb! It’s just that the volume of volumes of plot can […]