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While the cat’s away, take 2

shoshana box fort

It’s that time of year again: all our “grown-up” colleagues are away, variously attending ALA, working from home, or on vacation (eat some beignets for us, Kitty!). Even our fellow millennials are off gallivanting in exciting places. Shoshana, intern Courtney, and I are holding down the (book) fort with the second annual — but equally […]

Toca Dance app review

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So, you think you can dance? Bust a move with Toca Dance (March 2016). Much like Siân’s fave Toca Band, this latest Toca Boca app is weird and wonderful, with an emphasis on creative, exploratory play. (I also love the quieter Toca Nature.) First choose your performers, then outfit them with costumes and accessories. Then […]

What’s in those leveled book boxes?

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Recently, I was reading an article called “The Character of Our Content” in an archived issue of Rethinking Schools. In this piece, a concerned mother critiques representations of gender and race in a basal anthology that her daughter was reading at school. The article got me thinking how incidents such as these are likely very […]

Apply for a fall Horn Book internship!

Summer 2016 intern Courtney

Interested in learning more about the children’s book industry, book reviewing, or how magazines and review journals operate? A Horn Book internship is a great place to start. Our editorial interns are an invaluable help in managing the gazillion books that enter and leave our office (and if the phrase “gazillion books” sounds appealing to […]

Happy World Giraffe Day!

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It’s World Giraffe Day, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation’s “worldwide celebration of these amazing and much loved animals” and “annual event to raise support, create awareness and shed light on the challenges giraffes face in the wild.” Go donate to the GCF to help save giraffes, then meet some new (and very tall!) friends in the […]

A deluge of Dahl

matilda the musical poster

Matilda the Musical, based on Roald Dahl’s 1988 novel, is at the Boston Opera House through June 26th. The BFG, a movie based on Dahl’s 1982 novel, opens in theaters July 1st (and I was lucky enough to attend an advance screening with Horn Book alum and Dahl fan Cindy Ritter). I had a very […]

High reader, low motivation

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

In retrospect, I realize now that I have been extremely lucky. My students have always been highly motivated to read. Obviously, I’ve encountered the spectrum when it comes to low to excellent readers, but nonetheless, my students needed only minimal encouragement to read. When students lost interest, a graphic novel always did the trick (I’m […]

Potter’s Field Redux

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Thanks to Siân (recently) and Martha (several years ago), I am compulsively reading Harry Potter. Sian brought the guy up in a Horn Book podcast and awakened my curiosity; Martha had told me back in the day that Jim Dale’s audio edition is the perfect entrée to the books for those who are not among the […]

Ain’t no party like a Sendak party…

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…’cause a Sendak party’s full of Wild Things.* Last weekend Roger attended a celebration of the life of Maurice Sendak, on the occasion of what would have been the incomparable author/illustrator’s 88th birthday. He brought back a few Sendak-themed party favors to share with the office: If you, too, miss the “King of All the […]

LumiKids Beach app review

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Wanna go to the beach? Great — grab your iPad! Using the same approachable format as LumiKids Backyard and LumiKids Snow, LumiKids Beach (Lumos Labs, June 2015) provides a side-scrolling scene of a beach with six activity “stations.” These include three instant-gratification, tap-to-play activities (matching a child or a friendly monster-child to a coordinating toy/accessory, […]