The Moon’s Almost Here by Patricia MacLachlan; illus. by Tomie dePaola Primary McElderry 32 pp. 6/16 978-1-4814-2062-4 $17.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4814-2063-1 $10.99 MacLachlan’s lyrical text combines with ethereal illustrations by dePaola in this simultaneously nostalgic and fresh bedtime book. A generous trim size gives dePaola ample space for the sky under which his characters, the […]
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This week on hbook.com… Christopher Myers’s powerful essay “Orlando”: “We walk in, by ones or twos, flash IDs, and smiles. If you are lucky the dance floor is already crowded and you can simply slip between the sounds, into the movement…” From the July/August Horn Book Magazine: Table of Contents Roger Sutton’s editorial “Last Stop, […]
Table of Contents Special Issue: Awards Features “Happy Birthday, Ashley Bryan” by Nikki Giovanni A poem written on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday (three Julys ago). 2015 in Review Two critics consider the books, the awards, and what we were all talking about. “The Year in Pictures” by Julie Danielson “The Year in Words” […]
When I arrived at the Horn Book in the spring of 1996, it was in the midst of a dustup caused by that January’s editorial, “A Wider Vision for the Newbery,” written by then–senior editors Lauren Adams and Martha V. Parravano. They decried the Newbery-winning predominance of middle-grade fiction by white people about white people, […]
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 […]
Crossing Niagara: The Death-Defying Tightrope Adventures of the Great Blondin by Matt Tavares; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate Candlewick 36 pp. 4/16 978-0-7636-6823-5 $17.99 g In 1859, Jean François Gravelet — the Great Blondin — was the world’s greatest tightrope walker. Niagara Falls, then as now one of the world’s most breathtaking natural attractions, […]
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 […]