Desperately seeking stories

unico

As de facto administrative assistant for the office, I’ve been hearing the name “UNICCO” (the facilities management company here at the Simmons College campus) quite a bit as we get settled into our new space. And it makes me think of nothing so much as… That is, The Fantastic Adventures of Unico, an early anime […]

Is it still formula fiction if you’ve never read anything like it?

I’m still thinking about “literary fiction” and what it might mean in the context of books for young people. The National Book Awards named their shortlist of finalists yesterday, and I’m guessing those lucky ducks can serve as at least a pretty good approximation of what researchers Kidd and Castano were looking for when they […]

2013 Summer Reading from The Horn Book

The Horn Book Summer Reading Recommendations

We’re super-psyched to present our annual Summer Reading List, complete with free downloadable PDF sampler. These new books, published 2012-2013, have been hand-selected for kids of all ages, from preschoolers to teenagers. There’s (more than one) something for everyone! So hop on a hammock, sprawl on a beach — and don’t forget to bring a […]

Summer Reading Recommendations 2013

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Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? We’ve hand-picked some new favorites, all published 2012–2013, that are ideal for the season. Download a free PDF perfect for sharing with teachers, parents, and of course, kids. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. Picture Books (Fiction […]

Beach towel reads

The Disenchantments

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp?  Our annual summer reading list is full of our favorites from the last year—perfect for the long Memorial Day weekend coming up. (Road trip? We’ve got audiobook recommendations too!) What books are you saving for your poolside lounging this summer? Let us know […]

Summer Reading Recommendations 2012

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Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? We’ve hand-picked some new favorites, all published within the last year, that are ideal for the season. Download a free PDF version of the list, perfect for sharing with teachers, parents, and of course, kids.   Picture books (Fiction and Nonfiction) Suggested grade level […]

It’s Children’s Book Week!

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Children’s Book Week is May 7–13, 2012. Visit the Children’s Book Council’s website for events and information. You may also get a kick out of these early ads for Children’s Book Week. They came to us courtesy of K. T. Horning whose article in the upcoming July/August 2012 Horn Book Magazine examines the old-as-the-hills arguments […]

Summer reading

should i share my ice cream

To help usher in warmer weather — which has finally arrived in the northeast — here are two new books by veteran author-illustrators: Geisel Medal–winner Mo Willems’s Should I Share My Ice Cream? and, for older readers, Postcards from Camp by Simms Taback, recipient of the 2000 Caldecott Medal. Elephant Gerald has a delicious moral […]

>Do you skim?

>In her review of the new super-indie film Tiny Furniture, Manohla Dargis wrote of the writer-director-star Lena Dunham that she’s “not afraid of boring you,” a phrase I am convinced is going to come in very handy when I have to say something at least nominally nice. I’ve already used it while watching In Treatment. […]

>To Have and to Hold

>With my colleagues at JLG and SLJ, I’m working on an upcoming presentation on collection development, specifically, how school and public libraries should balance their print and digital collections. While the medium–it’s a Power Point webinar–is new to me, my part of the message very much blows the old horn for fine books for boys […]