Reading for Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

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The Islamic month of Ramadan, a solemn holiday of fasting from sunrise to sunset, charity, and additional prayer, begins today. Ramadan ends with the joyous feasting of the Eid al-Fitr celebration. These books for young readers — all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide — can be a part of a child’s holiday […]

CBB Trivia Night (or, It’s not dorky. It’s cool. Shut up.)

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The Horn Book is steeped in tradition. Since 1924, we’ve reviewed and discussed the finest in children’s literature. And since 2014, we’ve brought home the win at Children’s Books Boston’s Wicked Boston Children’s Book Trivia Challenge. This was the second year that Boston’s librarians, booksellers, editors, students, and other children’s lit nerds piled into M. […]

A sense of place

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“Doesn’t this book make you think of Rockport, of being down at the beach and feeling the waves?” one of my students asks me, holding up our classroom’s copy of Andre by Fran Hodgkins. “It does remind me of that,” I tell my student. “Why don’t you read what is says on the seal’s collar […]

BGHB-HBAS-Hubbub-Trivia: It’s all happening!

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Perusing Sunday’s Boston Globe (yes, on paper) I came across this ad congratulating the 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners. Nice! Remember that you can join us on October 2-3 for the Boston Globe-Horn Book awards ceremony and the day-long Horn Book at Simmons colloquium on the theme of Transformations. Register here. Another exciting Monday-morning […]

Little House in the Big ‘Burbs

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Little House fans, get your mortgage pre-approvals ready. The home of Rose Wilder Lane (Laura’s daughter, as if I had to tell you!), in my hometown of Danbury, CT, is on the market. Four BR, 3.5 bath, 3505 sq. ft, 2.03 acres: asking a very reasonable $439K. Charles Ives lived in Danbury. And Marian Anderson. […]

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Upcoming: We’ve just put the July/August Horn Book Magazine to bed (with very firm orders to stay there until June 29th). At 176 pages, it is quite the fattest ALA Awards issue we’ve published but it’s what’s on those pages that has me so excited. Because so much of the content is embargoed until after […]

Endless Spanish app review

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The cute monsters from Originator‘s Endless Alphabet, Endless Reader, and Endless Numbers are back…en español! Endless Spanish (May 2015) follows much the same format as Endless Reader to teach basic Spanish vocabulary. There are two modes, “Spanish immersion” or “Spanish with English translation.” Begin at A and work through the alphabet to Z, or start […]

Teaching and reading in a YA movie world

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The first time I read The Giver, I was astounded. I got to the last page, sat for a moment in wonder, and then flipped back to page 1 to begin again, in the hopes I could hold that moment for just a little longer. The images that the book conjured for me were permanent, even today, many years and reads later.

Cover boys, Hollywood edition

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I seem to have entered a time warp in which the pre-teen/teen versions of ridiculously attractive males have come forward in time to model for intermediate book covers. Here’s itty-bitty Zac Efron in Firefly and his lookalike on the cover of D. S. Thornton’s Scrap City (October, 2015):   And here’s a young Joseph Gordon […]

Picture books under the sea

Life in the Ocean

With water covering around 70% of the world’s surface and playing home to some of the most fascinating creatures on earth, it is not surprising that it is a perennially popular topic for young children. And, this ongoing popularity means that there are plenty of books available on this topic to encourage students to pursue […]