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Archives for December 2013

What’s New 
About New Adult?

Coming of age. Sexuality. Relationships. All are part of the teen experience, and all are part of literature for and about teens. Recently, though, there’s been an uptick in books published for the eighteen-and-up readership — labeled “New Adult” (NA) — that traverse these issues with more drama and explicit sexuality than even the most […]

The Horn Book reviews the Big Words Biographies

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport; illus. by Bryan Collier Primary     Jump at the Sun/Hyperion    40 pp. 9/01     0-7868-0714-8     $15.99 Library ed. 0-7868-2591-X     $16.49 This is one book you can judge by its cover. The space on the front jacket is entirely filled […]

Jeff Kinney 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 Greg Heffley is back, in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, the eighth in Jeff Kinney’s mega-popular novels about the middle-school antihero. The format, in which hand-printed journal entries […]

New apps and e-books

We’ve updated our recommended e-books and apps list. All of the recommended titles were developed within the last several years, and were either Horn Book App Review of the Week selections or included in “What Makes a Good Picture Book App?” The reviews cover story, activity, and nonfiction apps and range in age from preschool […]

Recommended apps and e-books

The apps and e-books recommended below were developed within the last few years. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. Click on the title links for full reviews of individual apps, or view all of our App Review of the Week selections here. Preschool Suggested age level for each entry: […]

Books Teachers Love

One thing we know is that teachers love picture books. They use them to explain difficult ideas, introduce information, add depth to nonfiction studies, and simply entertain students. Teachers especially love when a book can be used as a model for writing or when it suggests writing assignments that fit in with curriculum. I know […]

Paging Santa

They were adorable. But between the pageant, caroling the night before, decorating the tree yesterday, and making enough Chex mix to last through Valentine’s Day, I feel like my holiday responsibilities are over. If Santa* would just write my book reviews I would be all set.   *He can be any color. I don’t care. […]

We like sheep

Tomorrow I’ll be participating in my first  (and thus best, I suppose) Christmas pageant ever, with what seems to be a pretty Jesusy group of Unitarians. (They have a cross behind what passes for the altar, but a Mogen David hangs in the front.) My childhood Catholic church had a manger scene on the lawn in […]

Hand in Hand: Author Andrea Davis Pinkney’s 2013 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

Anyone who has dared to reach for a far-off horizon knows what it takes. It takes a mighty pair of hands to craft a chain, build a bridge, make a change. It takes a mighty pair of hands to seize an opportunity. To grab a ball and run with it. To hold on tight as […]

The Horn Book Television Line-Up

All-of-a-Kind Family Feud Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, Gertie, and Baby Charlie: “Bring it on, Ingalls clan!” Big Brother Housemates Darry Curtis, Klaus Baudelaire, the Weasley twins, and Christopher Dollanganger dish about their precocious younger sibs. Mad Men Dressed-to-the-nines ad execs Brother Leon, President Snow, Voldemort, and Gollum backstab, scheme, and imbibe to deaden self-loathing. Meanwhile, […]