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Archives for February 2013

Horn Book reviews of Caldecott Medal winners, 1940-1949

1940 INGRI AND EDGAR PARIN D’AULAIRE, Author-Illustrators Abraham Lincoln (Doubleday) “Deep in the wilderness down in Kentucky there stood a cabin of roughly hewn logs. It was a poor little cabin of only one room. But the flames flickered gaily on the hearth….In this cabin lived a man named Thomas Lincoln with his wife and […]

In Remembrance: Bertha Mahony Miller

by Elizabeth Orton Jones THE BOOKSHOP FOR BOYS AND GIRLS In 1934 I was a young greenhorn artist living in New York City, trying to get started, anxious to be on my way. I spent hours each day going from place to place, my portfolio under my arm, my subject — children. I spent hours […]

January 2013 reviews of the week

As promised, we’re going to pop up from time to time off-season to keep us all up to date with new books that will be eligible for the next Caldecott. Every week, this website posts a review from the latest issue of Horn Book Magazine. Whenever it’s a picture book review, we’ll put link here. […]

Endless Alphabet app review

I’m glad to see a new addition from Callaway Digital Arts, developer of the well-executed Monster at the End of This Book app. In the educational Endless Alphabet (January 2013), young users explore the alphabet, spelling, and vocabulary. Users may begin the app with any letter of the alphabet by tapping it on the root menu, […]

Love, sweet love

In yesterday’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter, Shara recommended four brand-new YA romances portraying “young love amid the tumult.” (I started Brenna Yovanoff’s Paper Valentine this morning on the way to work and got immediately sucked in — it was hard to put it down to get off the train!) We’ve got even more […]

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, […]

February’s Notes on its way

In our special Valentine’s Day issue of Notes from the Horn Book, husband-and-wife writing team Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate talk about their futuristic YA romance Eve & Adam (and their own love story!). You’ll also find – more YA love stories – recommended board and flap books – picture books starring farm animal friends […]

Recommended love stories

Recommended love stories, all published in the last few years and reviewed by The Horn Book Magazine.

How to publish for the CCSS

Ha ha, not really. I hope everybody is getting some use out of our latest newsletter, Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book. I’ve been thinking about NF a lot since ALA, where I spent two solid days talking to publishers about what they were planning for the coming year(s). Along with inflicting upon the world […]

Review of Days of Blood & Starlight

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor High School    Little, Brown    517 pp. 11/12    978-0-316-13397-5    $18.99 Star-crossed lovers Karou and Akiva, torn apart by unforgivable betrayal at the end of Daughter of Smoke & Bone (rev. 11/11), are now engaged in the renewed war between the chimaera and the seraphim. Both are repulsed by […]