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Archives for April 2011

Tag!

As Roger reports, PoetryTagTime is a new ebook-only anthology of 30 original, interrelated poems. Each distinguished children’s poet “tags” the next poet in line, connecting each poem topically (moon to sun, sun to sunflower, etc.) to the ones before and after it. The PoetryTagTime Tips blog offers ideas for sharing the poems with kids one-on-one […]

>Poetry plug

>TWU professor Sylvia Vardell and poet Janet Wong have collaborated to bring us PoetryTagTime, an ebook compilation of new poems for children. With Joyce Sidman, X.J Kennedy, and Jane Yolen among the thirty poets included, the organizing principle of the book is neat, with each poet “tagging” the next to write a poem which in […]

My Very First App review

From coloring books to flash cards, baby journals to stuffed animals, adaptations of Eric Carle’s tissue collage illustrations seem endless. Night & Day Studios has reshaped Carle’s work for the iPad, releasing My Very First App in December 2010. This was the first of the company’s two apps adapting recognizable artwork into children’s games (see […]

>Yes, another time-travel post

>Has anyone else seen Source Code yet? The ending reminded me of Tom’s Midnight Garden (that cool thing with the skates) although I don’t think it completely held together. Post any theories in the comments and don’t hold back on spoilers. Also feel free to speculate on the wonderful Vera Farmiga’s resemblance to Pam on […]

“I’ll clean up my act when I’m good and ripe!”

Karl Beckstrand’s bizarrely funny picture book Bad Bananas (Premio, June) shows how good bananas go wrong. Fresh from the grocery store, they’re sweet and “conform nicely to the bunch,” but before you know it they’re “borrowing” the fruit bowl for joyrides and loitering in “dimly lit lunchboxes.” The fair trade and organic labels of their […]

>I blame Kate DiCamillo

>for the fact that her fellow Newbery Medalists Lois Lowry, Cynthia Voigt, and Richard Peck all have new middle-grade novels about talking mice. P.S. Now I’m remembering Susan Dove Lempke’s story about this snooty mom coming in after Kate’s Newbery was announced, and requesting “The Tale of Day-Pehrr-Rehhrrr.” (I know my phonetic fake French is […]

April Notes is here!

Look for the new Notes from the Horn Book in your inbox this afternoon, chock-full with – five questions for Franny Billingsley – fantasy for older readers – spring animal antics in picture books – nonfiction picture books – truthiness in middle-grade fiction Sign up for free here.

Spring Guide now online

We’ve just added the final Spring 2011 Horn Book Guide reviews (1,551 of them!) to the Guide Online database. Take a peek at the newly added titles, authors, and illustrators. Subscribe to the print Guide and Guide Online here.

Post-mortem

After some fierce competition — including a first-round heartbreaker storming back from the dead! — Jonathan Stroud’s The Ring of Solomon won School Library Journal’s Battle of the Kids’ Books. To get the inside scoop, we caught up with Battle Commentator Jonathan Hunt. First things first: Did the best man win? I certainly think you […]

>Have You Seen This Man?

>   I love this picture. At the Hattieburg festival, Tom Barron told the story of how he finally met Madeleine L’Engle (which meeting was both forestalled and engendered through a cruel, cruel joke) and what an inspiration A Wrinkle in Time had been to him. When I was out running this afternoon, I came […]