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Archives for May 2016

Daniel Tiger’s Stop & Go Potty app review

Potty training is the worst. Mr. Rogers is the best. PBS Kids’s animated television show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood — which, per the Fred Rogers Company “builds on the pioneering PBS series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” — has a new potty-training app, Stop & Go Potty (February 2016; iOS and Android), starring the Daniel Tiger characters. The home […]

Potty booklist

And don’t forget to suggest names for our upcoming parent-themed blog! The Saddest Toilet in the World by Sam Apple; illus. by Sam Ricks Preschool Aladdin/Simon 32 pp. 6/16 978-1-4814-5122-2 $17.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4814-5123-9 $10.99 Potty training is serious business for all involved, but what of the unsung toilet? Does anyone consider its feelings? Apple […]

Ice cream and existentialism

There are so many things to say about Naoshi‘s picture book Ice Cream Work (Overcup Press, October 2015), but for the sake of orientation, I’ll begin with a brief synopsis. This, according to the jacket copy, is “an utterly delicious story of a humble ice cream cone trying to find meaningful work.” And so it […]

2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

The 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards have been announced — via video for the first time! — by Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry, managing director of the Boston Globe. Click the video above to watch! You can find the press release and Horn Book reviews of the winners here. […]

Review of We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler

We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman Intermediate, Middle School    Clarion    104 pp. 5/16    978-0-544-22379-0    $17.99 Freedman’s latest photohistory is an excellent overview of the White Rose resistance movement, a group of university students who, beginning in June 1942 in Munich, Germany, risked their […]

Field Notes: Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School

I am the librarian in an elementary school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s a city of socioeconomic extremes, but dedicated to the mission of equity in public education; every classroom in each of the twelve public elementary schools maintains a 60/40 ratio between paid and free lunch students. In addition to being the home of Harvard […]

Review of Ask Me How I Got Here

Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann High School    Greenwillow    229 pp. 5/16    978-0-06-238795-0    $17.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-06-238797-4    $9.99 Catholic-school sophomore Addie loves running cross-country, writing poetry, and having sex with her thoughtful, artsy new boyfriend, Nick. Then Addie gets pregnant. Her decision to have an abortion is unwavering, and she has […]

Happy 75th anniversary, Make Way for Ducklings!

Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings doesn’t fly off the shelves in most places, as far as I know. It wasn’t a huge part of my Albany, New York childhood. It isn’t a flashy book, a colorful book, a rhyming book, or — let’s face it — a conveniently short book. Maybe most places don’t […]

War and peace

Anderson, M. T.  Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad Middle school, high school     424 pp.     Candlewick This ambitious work encompasses the life of composer Shostakovich, the early political history of the U.S.S.R., and the nation’s suffering during WWII. Initially inspired by the Bolshevik Revolution, Shostakovich’s music changed […]

Books mentioned in the May 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Art appreciation Benson, Kathleen  Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews Illustrated by Benny Andrews Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Clarion     2015 Trade ISBN 978-0-544-10487-7 Brooks, Susie  Get into Art Telling Stories Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Kingfisher/Macmillan     2015 Trade ISBN 978-0-7534-7183-8 Handler, Daniel  Girls Standing on Lawns Illustrated by Maira Kalman Middle […]