Mwah mwah mwah mwah: movies

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This is way behind the times, but how cool and clever is it that Trombone Shorty was the “voice” of the adults in the new Peanuts Movie? Read the Horn Book’s review of last year’s jazzy picture book Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews; illus. by Bryan Collier.     What movies did you check […]

Calling Caldecott 2016 ballot #1 now open

The voting booths were filled with voters at Memorial Hall in Independence, Kan., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006. (AP Photo/The Independence Daily Reporter, Nick Wright)

As promised, here is a link to the ballot. It will be open until 9 a.m. (EST) Tuesday. That’s tomorrow. Around noon Tuesday, Jan. 5 we will post the results of the first ballot AND a link to the second and final ballot. For those who want to think some more before voting, here (below) […]

2015 in review

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Happy New Year! We hope your year is full of great reads. Before we ring in 2016, though, let’s take a look back at 2015 — we had a very busy year! BGHB 2015 Fanfare 2015 ALA 2015 coverage Remembering Marcia Brown, Dorothy Butler, George Nicholson, Mal Peet, Sir Terry Pratchett, and Vera B. Williams […]

Pre-voting instructions + ballot 1 choices

The voting booths were filled with voters at Memorial Hall in Independence, Kan., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006. (AP Photo/The Independence Daily Reporter, Nick Wright)

This year, Calling Caldecott has zoomed by! It’s not just our imagination. Last year there were 22 weeks between Labor Day and ALA; this year, only 18. But it feels rushed every year because there are so many good books out there. Even posting three times a week — and sometimes two books to a post […]

Last show and tell of 2015!

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When Out of the Box started over five years ago (!!), it was primarily show-and-tell-type posts: a look at what we literally pulled out of boxes we received. The scope of the blog has widened considerably since then — adding app reviews, movie reviews, event recaps, and lots more — but I still collect notable […]

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep audiobook

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or “You’re getting tiiiiiiired. You’re getting sleeeeeeepy. Avoid this post if you want to accomplish aaaaaaaanything today.” Remember The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep (Crown)? Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin’s runaway bestseller came out in October, and uses “sophisticated psychological techniques” to tell children’s unconscious minds to sleep. Is this a good idea? I dunno. I […]

Picking up dropped stitches

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We are down to the wire, book-coverage-wise; after this post, it’s on to gearing up for our end-of-the-year Mock Caldecott vote. We try to discuss as many eligible picture books as we can here, but inevitably we miss some. This post is intended to catch some of those missed titles. I’m taking a slightly unorthodox approach […]

Christmas books for little ones

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Need a last-minute stocking stuffer? Just hoping for something to occupy kids (or wear them out) while waiting for Santa to show tonight? Here are some cute choices for sharing with little ones. Author Christianne Jones and illustrator Emma Randall’s board book Santa Shimmy (Picture Window, August 2015) stars a Bink-lookalike demonstrating the “Santa shimmy”: […]

Hermione, headcanons, and kindred spirits

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Recently, the two-part what-happens-next-in-the-Wizarding-World play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announced three key cast members: Jamie Parker as adult Harry, Paul Thornley as adult Ron, and Noma Dumezweni as adult Hermione. Congratulations to them all, and I hope the plays are as good as the books, and I really hope they make it to […]

Merry Christmas darlings

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Winding things down here for the year, I’d like to wish readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, hoping there is plenty of candy in your immediate future. And if candy is not your thing, Katie also has a host of recommendations of food favorites from children’s books. And do not forget Laura’s gingerbread! […]