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Archives for January 2015

From The Guide: Math Picture Books

In “What Makes a Good Math Storybook?”, Audrey M. Quinlan explores some “classic picture books that can be enjoyed as works of literature and also to painlessly introduce math concepts to children.” As recent issues of The Horn Book Guide have shown, the math-is-fun picture-book model is alive and well today. The following Guide-recommended books […]

World War II graphic novels

This quarter in fifth grade, we’ve been reading Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars, and my students were ready and curious to learn about World War II. I’m a big fan of Number the Stars, but I noticed that during my lectures, students kept saying that the supplemental books I had given them had already taught […]

Review of A Poem in Your Pocket

A Poem in Your Pocket by Margaret McNamara; illus. by G. Brian Karas Primary     Schwartz & Wade/Random     32 pp. 1/15     978-307-97947-6     $16.99 Library ed. 978-0-307-97948-3 $19.99 e-book ed. 978-0-307-97949-0 $10.99 The author/artist team behind How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? revisit Mr. Tiffin’s warm, supportive classroom, where this time his students […]

Calling Caldecott winner is The Farmer and the Clown

Congratulations to Marla Frazee’s spectacular The Farmer and the Clown, winner of this year’s Calling Caldecott mock vote! While the rest of you were checking the weather and worrying about travel plans and charging your cellphones, we were here checking the returns for Calling Caldecott (results below). Last year was unusual in that two books […]

Review of Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly

Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly by Grace Lin; illus. by the author Primary   Little, Brown   44 pp. 11/14   978-0-316-18402-1   $16.00 Lin’s third Ling and Ting easy reader (Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same, rev. 7/10; Ling & Ting Share a Birthday, rev. 9/13) is certainly a silly one, with each of the six […]

Sam & Dean Dig a Hole

Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s latest, Sam & Dave Dig a Hole (Candlewick, October 2014), has been getting quite a bit of buzz (including Caldecott buzz) and has appeared on several best-of-year lists (including Horn Book’s own Fanfare). With all that talk, I can’t be the only person to accidentally call it “Sam & Dean […]

Review of A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat

A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins; illus. by Sophie Blackall Primary   Schwartz & Wade/Random   40 pp. 1/15   978-0-375-86832-0   $17.99 Library ed. 978-0-375-96832-7   $20.99   g e-book ed. 978-0-375-98771-7   $10.99 In four vignettes, set a hundred years apart from each other, parents and children make delicious blackberry fool from blackberries, […]

Calling Caldecott 2015 second ballot is open

Here it is: Monday. In exactly a week, all of our Mock Caldecott awards will be a memory, and children’s book chatter will turn to the Real Committee’s books. So, while each real committee member is organizing notes, putting together last-minute arguments, and imagining that the books she or he nominated will wear medals for […]

Books and stuff

It’s that time of year again. Book fair time. “Miss Hewes! Look at the figurines I bought! Aren’t the polar bear and the penguin so cute?” I’ll be honest – yes, little rubberized figurines in the likenesses of polar bears are cute. I understand the appeal of such items to young children. However, I am […]

Week in Review, January 19th-23rd

This week on hbook.com… Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach Fiction: Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper — plus a Q&A for the author Nonfiction: Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews by Kathleen Benson; illus. with paintings by Benny Andrews App: Geography […]