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LumiKids Park app review

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LumiKids Park (2015) is part of Lumos Labs’ series of “digital playspace[s] for kids to explore concepts through intuitive and adaptive activities.” Each of the four apps (so far; see our reviews of Snow, Backyard, and Beach) present different concepts to develop different cognitive skills. Park focuses specifically on visual-motor coordination, sorting, and attention. As […]

Hester and relevance

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

Recently, I co-taught a course with a colleague from the BU English department (I’m in English education) about teaching American literature. A great deal of time is spent in the course considering what ‘counts’ as American literature, and my colleague convinced me we should read The Scarlet Letter. We chose this novel as a highly […]

What Do You Do with a Problem?

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What Do You Do with a Problem? (Compendium, June 2016) Well, author Kobi Yamada and illustrator Mae Besom have some advice on how to deal. A companion to the pair’s 2014 collaboration What Do You Do with an Idea?, this picture book is about a young boy with (you guessed it) a problem. What’s unusual […]

Where are Jack and Karen?

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I must not be the only one watching Will & Grace reruns. Here are five recent(ish) books starring straight girls and their gay BFFs. You can find more Horn Book LGBTQIA+ resources here (we just can’t get with QUILTBAG). You and Me and Him by Kris Dinnison (Houghton) Weird Girl and What’s His Name by […]

Happy World Elephant Day!

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It’s the fifth annual World Elephant Day, a celebration begun “to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants. The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures around the world, yet we balance on the brink of seeing the last of this magnificent creature.” Visit the website to learn […]

“Alexander Made-of-Felt”: An Affectionate Parody

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Alexander Hamilton got a lot farther by working a lot harder, and wrote like he was running out of time. Lin-Manuel Miranda turned the world of theater upside down. And recently, Jack and Holman Wang, creators of the Cozy Classics series, paid tribute to Miranda’s final performance as Hamilton with a tiny but impressive achievement […]

Death to the biography book report

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We all remember doing book reports in elementary school. It was fairly standard. You read a book and you write a summary on it or do some type of creative project. This past spring, I assigned a biography book report. I followed the normal prescription: choose a book about someone you’re interested in, and write […]

Trilo Spelling app review

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In Trilo Spelling (Swedish/American developer Trilo, June 2016), your goal is to spell your way to a story. As Spooka the ghost explains, correct answers in a variety of spelling games will earn you fuel for your plane. Then you can fly around the app’s island setting, gathering puzzle pieces which come together to form […]

Coming soon: August Notes!

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August’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter is arriving in inboxes this afternoon. This month, we’re honored to speak with Rep. John Lewis, co-author Andrew Aydin, and illustrator Nate Powell about the conclusion to their searing graphic novel memoir trilogy March. In this issue you’ll also find: • more YA nonfiction about historical crossroads • […]

Stay home reading

Family Reading by Liza Woodruff

I love Perri Klass, here offering sensible advocacy of young children reading real books. Shut up, you know what I mean by real. Right after Labor Day, the Horn Book will debut its new blog, Family Reading, devoted to offering book recommendations and advice about the whats and whens and whos and hows of sharing books in […]