Signs of springtime: construction

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A late addition to our “signs of springtime” list: ’tis the season for construction! This is right near our office on The Fenway, but cranes are popping up like crocuses all over Boston. Here are some recent construction books for preschool- and early primary-aged kids (particularly vehicle-obsessed ones!), recommended by The Horn Book Magazine. Jonathan […]

Please pass the beignets

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In our upcoming May/June issue, we review two nonfiction books starring jazz greats from the Big Easy: How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz and Trombone Shorty.    Now I’m nostalgic for NOLA, particularly its incredible live music scene! I can’t wait to get back to Frenchmen St. The annual — and beloved — New Orleans […]

Updated Earth Day reading

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The books recommended below were reviewed by The Horn Book Magazine. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.   Picture books Suggested grade level listed with each entry The Promise written by Nicola Davies, illus. by Laura Carlin (Candlewick) A girl, “mean and hard” as the city she lives in, […]

Laura Koenig Hubbub booklist

Reviews are from The Horn Book Guide Online Ashman, Linda  Rain! 32 pp. Houghton 2013. ISBN 978-0-547-73395-1 Gr. K-3 Illustrated by Christian Robinson. A grumpy elderly man resents the rain (“Dang puddle”); meanwhile, his young neighbor is overjoyed by it (“It’s raining frogs and pollywogs!”). They both end up at a café, where the boy […]

Money, money, money, money

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The up side of Tax Day? It’s a good opportunity to talk to kids about developing smart money sense. (Check out this successful young entrepreneur!) These engaging nonfiction books on the history of money and money management, recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide, should help. Picture Books Why does everybody […]

Elissa’s Hubbub booklist

New Jon Agee: It’s Only Stanley Cece Bell: I Yam a Donkey Raúl Colón: Draw! Ame Dyckman and Zachariah OHora: Wolfie the Bunny Marla Frazee: The Famer and the Clown Chris Haughton: Shh! We Have a Plan Daniel Miyares: Float   #We Need Diverse Books Selina Alko and Sean Qualls: The Case for Loving: The […]

Take me out to the ballgame

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Play ball! Baseball season has officially opened (go Red Sox!). Here are some of our favorite baseball-themed books from recent years, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide.   Picture Books Straight man Abbott is a tall brown bear and befuddled Costello is a short white bunny in Who’s on First?, a picture-book […]

Books mentioned in the April 2015 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Nikki Grimes Poems in the Attic by Nikki Grimes, illus. by Elizabeth Zunon, Lee & Low, 5–8 years. A Pocketful of Poems by Nikki Grimes, illus. by Javaka Steptoe, Clarion, 5–8 years. Versatile verse Wonton and Chopstick by Lee Wardlaw, illus. by Eugene Yelchin, Holt, 5–8 years. A Poem in Your Pocket […]

Hoppy Easter

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Easter’s almost here! This updated Easter recommended reading list has selections suitable for both secular and religious celebrations of the holiday.   Preschool In Ollie’s Easter Eggs, Olivier Dunrea’s lovable goslings celebrate Easter by dyeing and hiding eggs. That is, except for little Ollie, who steals all the eggs, whispering “my egg” each time he […]

Dayenu, 2015!

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Here’s an updated list of Passover books to nibble on when the matzo runs dry.   Preschool Two Shalom Sesame series entries, written by Tilda Balsley and Ellen Fischer and illustrated by Tom Leigh, follow Sesame Street characters in Israel as they learn about doing good deeds. In It’s a Mitzvah, Grover!, Grover and friends […]