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Archives for January 2014

Horn Book Week in Review, January 27th-31st

This week on… All ALA, all the time! our award roundup and reviews of the winners Calling Caldecott bloggers Martha and Robin react to the announcement some potential contenders for next year’s Caldecott an invitation to a panel entitled “Why Did THAT Book Win?” on February 13th (plus heated discussion of the award winners […]

Happy Year of the Horse!

The celebration of Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, begins today! Eat some dumplings and share one of these books for young readers, recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide, which feature the holiday. (And go celebrate with author/illustrator Grace Lin at the Carle Museum tomorrow!) Picture books […]

Don’t forget the chocolate sprinkles!

Last night I dreamed that Arthur A. Levine Books (of Harry Potter fame) was publishing a young readers’ edition of The Sensuous Woman, a sex manual published in ’69 (heh) by a “liberated woman” known only as “J” who taught women how to please their man and–and this was revolutionary–themselves. My dream makes sense in […]

Talking my eight-year-olds down from the ledge

It’s hard to know where to go when your second graders are more interested in figuring out why Mr. Tiger Goes Wild did not win a Caldecott than they are in telling you they missed you while you were in Philadelphia. No one wanted to tattle on each other or tell me long stories about […]

Review of Hello, Mr. Hulot

Hello, Mr. Hulot by David Merveille; 
illus. by the author Primary    NorthSouth    56 pp. 9/13    978-0-7358-4135-2    $17.95 Monsieur Hulot, a character invented and played by French filmmaker Jacques Tati in such movies as Les Vacances de M. Hulot (Mr. Hulot’s Holiday), is one part schlemiel, one part everyman, one part existentialist, and all parts kindness. […]

RIP, Pete Seeger

Great singer-songwriter/activist Pete Seeger died on Monday at the age of ninety-four. Here are a few picture book versions of his folk songs, reviewed in The Horn Book Guide. In Turn! Turn! Turn!: Words from Ecclesiastes, Wendy Anderson Halperin illustrates Seeger’s Ecclesiastes-inspired folk song with delicate watercolor and pencil art depicting nature, feelings, folk causes, […]

Snow day

Baggetta, Marla Pastel Step by Step Middle school, high school   64 pp. Walter Foster Fisher, Diana The Art of Rock Painting Middle school, high school   64 pp. Walter Foster Franks, Gene Pencil Drawing Middle school, high school   64 pp. Walter Foster Goldman, Ken Charcoal Drawing Middle school, high school   64 pp. Walter Foster Powell, William […]

Civil rights

Aretha, David Brown v. Board of Education Middle school, high school   128 pp. Morgan Aretha, David Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington Middle school, high school   128 pp. Morgan Civil Rights Movement series. Black-and-white archival photographs, boxed quotes, and excerpts from notable speeches enhance this series documenting pivotal laws and incidents […]

U.S. presidents

Bausum, Ann Our Country’s Presidents: All You Need to Know About the Presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama Gr. 4–6   224 pp. National Geographic New ed., 2009. This updated volume offers balanced chronological summaries of the forty-four U.S. presidents’ terms, along with fact boxes, quotations, and official portraits. Interspersed are occasional double-page spreads about […]

We’ll never know

 . . . but that won’t stop speculation. While the winners (and honor books) of ALA’s Newbery and Caldecott Awards posed no surprises in themselves, everyone wants to know what happened to Mr. Tiger. As Calling Caldecott blogger Robin Smith sensibly says, it’s likely that the committee simply found four other books it liked more. […]