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Archives for May 2013

Eleanor’s Secret app review

Eleanor’s Secret (2011), adapted by French developer Chocolapps (formerly So Ouat) from an animated film of the same name, is an engaging story about the power of story itself. When elderly Eleanor dies, she leaves her home to their Nathaniel’s family and a Russian doll to his sister Angelica. Nathaniel, to whom Eleanor used to […]

2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

*NEW!* Click here for the 2013 Award winner speeches and video.   Today, at BookExpo America, The Horn Book’s editor in chief Roger Sutton and 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award-winning author Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me, Random House) announced the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. “The Boston Globe-Horn Book awards have always had […]

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Preview July/August 2013 Horn Book Magazine

Special Issue: Awards Original cover art by 2013 Caldecott Honoree Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Robin L. Smith, coauthor of the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott blog, looks back at the 2013 Caldecott contenders. Jon Klassen’s Caldecott Medal Acceptance speech. Mac Barnett’s profile of his friend and collaborator, Jon Klassen. Horn Book Magazine executive editor Martha V. Parravano’s […]

Boston Globe-Horn Book announcements

This is the announcement of the announcement. If you’re at BEA this week, I hope you will join us in the Librarians’ Lounge (booth number 757) on Saturday at 1:00PM, when Rebecca Stead and I will reveal the winners of the 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. Yep, good times ahead with Anne Hathaway and James […]

Prom season reads

Whether they love it or love to hate it, prom is a big rite of passage for many teens. Consequently, prom — with all the related excitement and anxiety — makes frequent appearances in YA novels. Here are a few of our favorite prom-centric reads. (On the more love-to-hate-it end of the spectrum, Roger also suggests […]

Lisa! You’re back!

Last winter, overcome with mid-nineties nostalgia, I excitedly blogged about Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs (Sterling, January 2012). The cute bespectacled songstress is back with another picture book/CD package, Lisa Loeb’s Songs for Movin’ & Shakin’: The Air Band Song and Other Toe-Tapping Tunes (Sterling, April 2013). These songs […]

Review of Bear and Bee

Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier; illus. by the author Preschool    Disney-Hyperion    48 pp. 3/13    978-1-4231-5957-5    $14.99 Bear wants some honey, but he is too afraid of bees to approach a hive that’s hanging off a tree branch, just at eye level. He shares his fears with a stranger, who asks him if he’s ever […]

Reviewer gals done good

We ♥ our reviewers! And here’s what some of them have been up to. Long-time Horn Book Guide reviewer Nell Beram is coauthor (with Carolyn Boriss-Krimsky) of Yoko Ono: Collector of Skies (Amulet/Abrams, January 2013). No Yoko-bashing here; the authors paint an engaging (and sympathetic) portrait of the rock-‘n’-roll wife as a groundbreaking avant-garde artist […]

The Silver Linings Play…book vs. movie

Crossover writer Matthew Quick, author of young adult novels Sorta Like a Rock Star, Boy 21, and the soon-to-be-released Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, made his debut in 2008 with The Silver Linings Playbook (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), an adult title you may have heard a little something about. It was adapted for the screen in […]