Early Notes on Early Learning


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, […]

Photos from Fostering Lifelong Learners

Roger Sutton welcomes participants to the Fostering Lifelong Learners conference

Pictures from the Fostering Lifelong Learners conference. Photos by Shara Hardeson. For more on the day-long event, click here.

Five Questions for Kitty Flynn

Chloe and Jakob

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


Dr. Robert Needlman is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve Medical School and a pediatrician with MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. He is also the co-author of Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care, having been chosen by Spock’s widow to take over the book after Spock’s death. I am so pleased that he […]

Building a better board book


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, […]

Earl Martin Phalen interviews Walter Dean Myers

Photo by Constance Myers

On a visit with our downstairs neighbors Reach Out and Read, I learned that their CEO Earl Martin Phalen blogs for The Huffington Post on the topics of early education, literacy, and parenting. Phalen recently interviewed National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Walter Dean Myers about literacy and his ambassadorial platform “Reading is not an […]