Paul Bunyan and Boston

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An example of the spare beauty of mid-century design, Barbara and Ed Emberley’s The Story of Paul Bunyan (originally published in 1963 by Prentice Hall; new edition AMMO Books, January 2015) is illustrated with woodcuts and printed in two colors — woodsy brown accented with a bright blue befitting Paul’s beloved ox, Babe. The story […]

Brain-bending books

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Lately, I’ve read several books that blew me away with their beautiful and sometimes anarchic originality. I’ve written before about the creepy dreaminess of the almost-song We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, and I was equally bowled over by the lyrical oddity of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton, which […]

#ALAAC15 + HB Mag

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What a thrilling ALA Annual conference this year in San Francisco (so we hear…). We hope you were able to pick up a copy of the July/August Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Awards. If not, it’ll be in your mailbox soon. If not? Subscribe to the Magazine, for goodness sake! In this Special Issue you’ll […]

Conference report: Association of Jewish Libraries 2015

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While you wait with bated breath for next week’s ALA Annual conference — and the July/August Horn Book Magazine containing the Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and Wilder awards speeches and profiles of the winners, plus roundups of the year’s books, our Mind the Gap Awards for books that didn’t win at ALA, and more […]

Love wins!

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We are so thrilled about today’s marriage equality ruling! To celebrate, here’s a round-up of some of our resources on LGBTQ children’s books and book creators. 5Q for Stonewall author Ann Bausum “Transformers: Reimagining the World” by author Malinda Lo “Five Gay Picture-Book Prodigies and the Difference They’ve Made” by Barbara Bader “The Difference that […]

Tales from a since-third-grade fangirl: Judy Blume in conversation with Tom Ashbrook

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Last night, a bookstore dear to my heart hosted an author dear to my heart. And my heart was glad. To put it another way, Brookline Booksmith hosted Judy Blume in conversation with Tom Ashbrook at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. The event was in honor of her new adult novel, In the Unlikely Event, but […]

Tiny Hands Raccoon Treehouse app review

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As the TinyHands Raccoon Treehouse app (TinyHands, 2013) opens, you’re greeted by a raccoon, gently bobbing in the air, balloons attached to his suspenders. Hit the “play” button and you’re brought down to the base of a tree (past tunnels and living quarters burrowed into the trunk) where there are a number of games to […]

The mouse that roared

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The Little Mouse Santi, with a story by David Eugene Ray and illustrations by Santiago Germano, is a classic-feeling picture book for young readers. In it, the main character, a mouse named Santi, wants to be a cat. He studies the farm cats and copies their activities and attitudes until he has the whole cat […]

The value of the graphic novel

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This year, I’ve really pushed my students to embrace graphic novels. It’s helped my low readers to access the same information as their peers, and although some students read it because it’s “easier,” they’re reading. What I find myself conflicted with now is that my school is part of the Accelerated Reader (AR) program, where […]

While the cat’s away…

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With our “grownup” coworkers variously attending conferences, working from home, or out sick (get better soon, Lolly!), Siân, Shoshana, Katrina, intern Willa, and I are having a Millennials’ Day in the Office. There might be some Taylor Swift happening. A (short-lived) book fort definitely happened: (Shoshana is a good sport.)