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Archives for August 2017

What are we laughing at? Children’s literature and ADHD

It’s been a hard day. You know—the kind of day when you go to pick your kid up from day camp only to be besieged by teachers and staff who each deliver reports of your kid’s terrible, no-good behavior. It’s the usual complaints. Not listening. Not following directions. Not paying attention. Not obeying a teacher’s […]

Review of Another Way to Climb a Tree

Another Way to Climb a Tree by Liz Garton Scanlon; illus. by Hadley Hooper Preschool, Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp. 8/17    978-1-62672-352-8    $17.99 Lulu likes trees. No, Lulu loves trees. Lulu climbs the tallest trees in the neighborhood with the widest branches and the stickiest sap. Lulu’s tree-loving joy jumps off the pages through Scanlon’s […]

March on Washington anniversary reading

Today marks the fifty-fourth anniversary of the March on Washington and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech. To celebrate, we’ve pulled together inspiring fiction and nonfiction books about the march, the speech, the great man himself, and some of his fellow civil rights heroes. The following books were recommended by The […]

Week in Review, August 21st – 25th

This week on hbook.com… Simon Pulse/Aladdin Books Publisher Mara Anastas Talks with Roger August 2017 Back-to-School Edition of The Horn Book Herald: 5Q for Andrew Clements on The Losers Club, Recommended Reading, Class Notes, and Extracurricular Activities Summer 2017 Board Book Roundup: new board books tackling concepts big and small Reviews of the Week: Picture […]

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events…so very many unfortunate events

There’s not much I can say about Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events mini-series that hasn’t already been said (here, here, and here, for instance). I binge-watched the whole durn thing over a single weekend, and I’m not sorry. I started watching and fell instantly in love. I’m most impressed by Patrick Warburton’s portrayal of […]

“Choose Love…and Lemonade”

While thousands of people marched on Boston Common last Saturday, outside the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library, two third graders set up a lemonade stand with a twist. “Lemonade for Peace” was the brainchild of Declan Haley (right) with the help of his friend James Selvitella, assisted by their awesome moms Elizabeth and […]

Review of Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess

Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green Intermediate    Pajama    239 pp. 5/17    978-1-77278-033-8    $15.95 Paper ed.  978-1-77278-017-8    $9.95 Macy is fed up with all the changes impinging upon her: she’s finishing sixth grade and will have to move on to a new school and a new sign language interpreter; her mother is getting […]

Jump Numbers app review

In Artgig’s Jump Numbers (2016; iOS only), you play a badger-like creature tasked with getting “Snortles” to safety after the destruction of their home. The eight levels in each of six different regions (Summer Sea, Fungal Gulf, Arctic Expanse, Boulder Bay, Darkshade, Lava Lake) are set up with basically the same format: you, the badger, […]

Ramona + Sparrowboy = BFF

Who else imagines that these two would be friends? And maybe with him? And her! What other characters do you imagine as BFFs in Children’s Lit Land?

Board Book Roundup: Summer 2017 Edition

This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. Alphabet Family Band by Sarah Jones Blue Manatee    18 […]