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Fiction Reviews of 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

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Fiction Winner The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge Middle School, High School    Amulet/Abrams    378 pp. 4/16    978-1-4197-1895-3    $17.95 Everything in this audacious novel is on the cusp or in limbo, setting up delicious tensions and thematic riches. The time is nineteenth-century England just after Darwin’s theory of evolution has thrown the scientific world into turmoil; […]

Picture Book Reviews of 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

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Picture Book Winner Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill; 
illus. by Francis Vallejo Intermediate    Candlewick    54 pp. 3/16    978-0-7636-6954-6    $18.99    g On August 12, 1958, fifty-plus jazz musicians, famous and emerging, gathered together in front of a brownstone in Harlem for a group photo shoot. The resulting photograph has become […]

Review of Draw the Line

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Draw the Line by Laurent Linn; illus. by the author High School    McElderry    520 pp. 5/16    978-1-4814-5280-9    $17.99    g e-book ed.  978-1-4814-5282-3    $10.99 Adrian’s junior year in high school is not going well. A self-loathing closeted teen stuck in small-town Texas, he’s surrounded by “Bubbas” whose primary values are football and beer. Although he finds […]

Review of Chicken in Space

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Chicken in Space by Adam Lehrhaupt; 
illus. by Shahar Kober Preschool, Primary    Harper/HarperCollins    40 pp. 5/16    978-0-06-236412-8    $17.99 Launching with a dramatic and intriguing start (“Zoey wasn’t like the other chickens. She had dreams. She had a plan. She had a pig”), this farm-fresh picture book trails Zoey as she boldly marches through the pages […]

Board Book Roundup: Spring 2016 Edition

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This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. We need diverse board books, too! Start your child’s […]

Daniel Tiger’s Stop & Go Potty app review

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Potty training is the worst. Mr. Rogers is the best. PBS Kids’s animated television show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood — which, per the Fred Rogers Company “builds on the pioneering PBS series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” — has a new potty-training app, Stop & Go Potty (February 2016), starring the Daniel Tiger characters. The home screen features Daniel […]

Potty booklist

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And don’t forget to suggest names for our upcoming parent-themed blog! The Saddest Toilet in the World by Sam Apple; illus. by Sam Ricks Preschool Aladdin/Simon 32 pp. 6/16 978-1-4814-5122-2 $17.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4814-5123-9 $10.99 Potty training is serious business for all involved, but what of the unsung toilet? Does anyone consider its feelings? Apple […]

2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

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The 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards have been announced — via video for the first time! — by Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry, managing director of the Boston Globe. Click the video above to watch! You can find the press release and Horn Book reviews of the winners here. […]

Review of We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler

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We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman Intermediate, Middle School    Clarion    104 pp. 5/16    978-0-544-22379-0    $17.99 Freedman’s latest photohistory is an excellent overview of the White Rose resistance movement, a group of university students who, beginning in June 1942 in Munich, Germany, risked their […]

Field Notes: Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School

The library after school is a place for families. Photo: Liz Phipps Soeiro.

I am the librarian in an elementary school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s a city of socioeconomic extremes, but dedicated to the mission of equity in public education; every classroom in each of the twelve public elementary schools maintains a 60/40 ratio between paid and free lunch students. In addition to being the home of Harvard […]