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Archives for August 2012

KidLit Election 2012

As November draws near, The Horn Book debates a very serious question: what children’s literature character should be president? This week, four Republican candidates will present their presidential platforms for your consideration. Advocate for your candidate of choice or nominate another — civil discourse only, please! — in the comments; you’ll also be able to […]

and Joan Allen still gets the best lines

Having loved the original trilogy so much, I had some misgivings about seeing The Bourne Legacy, with Jeremy Renner picking up where Matt Damon left off. Not quite–one of the neatest things about this movie is that for its largest part it takes place at the same time as The Bourne Ultimatum, the last of […]

Look Out!

We’re taking registrations for the 2012 Horn Book at Simmons colloquium, and I hope you can attend. Following the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards ceremony and reception (to which all colloquium participants are invited), we will be spending a day with the BGHB honorees examining their books in the many lights of this year’s colloquium theme: […]

Rounds: Franklin Frog app review

Rounds: Franklin Frog by Barry and Emma Tranter (Nosy Crow, August 2012) is a great interactive nonfiction app for one- to three-year-olds. First in Nosy Crow’s new series of nonfiction apps based on life cycles, Franklin Frog presents the life of a frog — including feeding, hibernation, mating, birth, metamorphosis, and maturation — in an […]

Rebecca Stead Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by While Rebecca Stead’s first novel, First Light, was a quiet debut (although it’s kind of a wild book), her second, When You Reach Me, made a great deal of noise, […]

The Secret Garden’s Perennial Wisdom…for Parents

Every September of my English teaching career, I’d type up the semester’s reading list and prepare myself for the inevitable question: I’ve already read this! Why do I have to read it again? I’d tell my 
students that rereading a novel at a new period in their lives could bring fresh insight. But I never […]

Review of A Home for Bird

A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead; illus. by the author Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    32 pp. 6/12    978-1-59643-711-1    $16.99    g Stead (author of A Sick Day for Amos McGee, rev. 5/10) returns with another terrific tale of devoted friendship. Starting on the copyright page, we see a little bird thrown from the back of […]

Creative lives

Recent posts have given us tantalizing glimpses behind the scenes with Rebecca Stead, Lee Kingman Natti, and Shaun Tan. Read more about the lives of artists you admire — including cartoonists, dancers, writers, musicians, and mimes! — with our new artist memoir and biography booklist. These  titles were all published within the last several years […]

Artist memoirs and biographies

The books recommended below were all published within the last several years and 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. Keep Your Eye on the Kid: The Early Years of Buster Keaton by Catherine Brighton […]

Lunch with Lee Kingman

It had been nearly five years since my last lunch with Lee Kingman Natti, but it felt like just last month. Her home in Gloucester is an oasis reflecting Lee’s lifelong involvement with artists and writers, as well as her own art. We sat looking out at the granite quarry that holds their water supply […]