Early Notes on Early Learning

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From Dr. Robert Needlman explaining the difference between babies falling asleep and learning how to go to asleep, through Cambridge librarians Julie Roach and Beth McIntyre coaching us through selecting books for preschool story time to Anna Dewdney using photographs to demonstrate how to transform unpleasant expressions on family members faces into picture book gold, […]

Last Friday and this Thursday

Boston was certainly an eerie place last Friday. I had gone to bed early the night before, missing all the news about the pursuit of the bombers, and was catching up early Friday morning when the news flashed across my phone that the T was shut down. I texted the Horn Book staff to wait […]

Five Questions for Julie Roach

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Cambridge Public Library youth services manager (and Horn Book reviewer) Julie Roach will be discussing library services for preschool children at our Fostering Lifelong Learners event (free; you should come) at CPL on April 25th. I asked her to share some of her thoughts on serving this (very) particular audience. (I think her answer to […]

Five Questions for Kitty Flynn

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At our upcoming Fostering Lifelong Learners: Prescribing Books for Early Childhood Education conference, Horn Book Guide Executive Editor Kitty Flynn will be leading a presentation about how the Horn Book evaluates and reviews preschool books. This is one aspect of her work that also engages her off the clock: Kitty and her husband are parents […]

Five Questions for Dr. Robert Needlman of Reach Out and Read

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It was exciting to realize that emergent literacy was a field that was not spoken of at all in the pediatric literature. Imagine that! A whole area of crucial child development which doctors seemed utterly unaware of. It was an opportunity that could not be passed up.

Retract those claws

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and go meet “Erin Hunter” of Warriors fame at the Cambridge Public Library on Tuesday, March 5th at 6:00 PM. When I asked which Erin Hunter,  I was told it would be top cat Victoria Holmes, who from this description sounds like the Francine Pascal of the Warriors world.

Building a better board book

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We’re trying something new this spring. With Reach Out and Read and the Cambridge Public Library, the Horn Book is presenting a one-day conference about books and the youngest readers/listeners/lookers. We thought it would be useful to cross-fertilize our areas of expertise (Reach Out and Read on brain development, CPL on using books with children, […]

Candlewick is back in Cambridge

this Saturday, with “From Screen to Book” at the Cambridge Public Library, an afternoon’s discussion of picture books and digital media. The presenters include three illustrators, Candlewick art director Ann Stott, and agent Holly McGhee; the moderator is Jenny Brown from Shelf Awareness, who, incidentally, wrote a great account of the Horn Book at Simmons […]

Saturday stories

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This Saturday afternoon, the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance, Cambridge Public Library and M.I.T. are sponsoring a panel discussion, “The Exquisite Conversation: An Adventure in Creating Books.” Featuring several contributors (Katherine Paterson, M.T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Susan Cooper, Timothy Basil Ering, Steven Kellogg, Patricia MacLachlan, and James Ransome) to the collaborative novel The Exquisite […]

>Meet you at the Tick Tock Tea Room

>Francesca Lia Block is speaking at the Cambridge Public Library on Saturday. I wonder if she’ll have anything to say about the latest YA drama. Liz Burns, by the way, has a good roundup of the WSJ coverage over at the Tea Cozy.