Picture book conference at Yale

Ludwig Bemelmens dummy in the Betsy Shirley collection, Beinecke Library

I got to take a road trip to Connecticut a week ago to attend a picture book conference at Yale. Sorry to say, I was not able to get to all of the sessions, but Roger asked me to write up what I could. The event was a fundraiser for the Edith B. Jackson Child […]

Press Here…the app

Press Here app

If you were like me, you applauded Press Here, the ingenious book by Hervé Tullet, for its anti-app bravado. If the news that there is now an app version (Chronicle, April) of the book disgusts you, please don’t be too quick to judge. The first thing to realize is that Press Here was translated from […]

The Horn Book gets a cookie!

pigeon cookies

A box from Dina Sherman at Disney-Hyperion arrived just in time for after-lunch dessert. With a label like this, clearly the contents were going to be awesome. But they were awesome even beyond our expectations: Thanks so much, Dina and Disney-Hyperion! The cookies are almost too cute to eat, but we’re all looking forward to […]

To dye for

Catherynne Valente

I had some henna art done Friday at a fundraiser, and got several compliments in the office yesterday even though the design is starting to fade a bit. This morning I started following author Catherynne M. Valente on Twitter. I reviewed her wonderfully bizarre YA fantasy novel The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship […]

Survival of the fittest

Train_Like_a_Tribute

Adding to the media (and merchandising) madness of the new Hunger Games movie, fans in New York, Boston, Washington DC, and Philadelphia can work out like Katniss and Peeta at the “Train Like a Tribute” class offered at participating Sports Clubs (NYSC, BSC, WSC, PSC). The classes, free and open to nonmembers, are starting now at […]

When the Name of the Game Is a Children’s Book

Children's lit board games

Yes, it’s the digital age; but enhancing the experience of reading a children’s book doesn’t have to happen only on a screen. A board game based on a children’s book is an alternative, low-tech option that allows players to experience the world of a book in a new form. In children’s book–based board games, players […]

Here she is, world . . .

Chloe Beth Asch; photo by Dorian Asch

Our granddaughter Chloe was born last Thursday night. Miles seems just fine with her. Have you guys heard about “The Baby’s Gift”? It’s where the dethroned only child goes to hospital and gets a present from the newborn. Retail doesn’t miss a trick. (At least it’s better than The Diaper Game. I am never going […]

“Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!”

Charlie Brown Christmas App

If you’re looking for a great holiday app download to keep kids or adults occupied and happy this holiday season, look no further. The now-classic animated holiday TV special (1965) A Charlie Brown Christmas is available in a new format. Loud Crow Interactive has released a delightful iPad app of the story of Charlie Brown’s […]

‘Tis the season to pig out

pretzel

One of our printers sent me a package today and it turned out to be much nicer than the usual bribe — er, holiday gift. I’m used to getting something generic and relatively useless, but this printer (Fry Communications) knows the way to our hearts: food! In the box (and now Out of the Box) […]

Doodle to your heart’s content

s make some great art

We’re heading into gift-buying season, and activity books are a great choice for creative kids. The previous activity/coloring book I reviewed on this blog was a hit with my sister’s nephew, so I took a look at a few of the new activity books we’ve received. I love fairy tales and superheroes, but Vincent Boudgourd’s […]