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Archives for March 2018

Week in Review, March 26th-30th

This week on… From the March/April 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “An Interview with Regina Hayes” by Leonard S. Marcus March 2018 Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book: Coding; spies, ciphers, and drones; physics; photography; National Poetry Month 2018 Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Pup and Bear by Kate Banks; illus. by […]

Review of You Go First

You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly Intermediate, Middle School    Greenwillow    292 pp.    g 4/18    978-0-06-241418-2    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-241420-5    $8.99 Two brainy middle-school outcasts — one in Pennsylvania, one in Louisiana — find companionship through online Scrabble as they both deal with upheaval in their lives. Twelve-year-old Charlotte’s father is in the hospital following […]

Recommended reading for Passover

Here’s an updated list of Passover books to nibble on when the matzo runs dry. With the exception of board books, these titles were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide at the time of their publication; reviews are reprinted from The Horn Book Guide Online. Please visit the Association of Jewish Libraries website for […]

Recommended reading for Easter

Easter’s almost here! This updated Easter recommended reading list has selections suitable for both secular and religious celebrations of the holiday. These titles were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide at the time of their publication; reviews reprinted from The Horn Book Guide Online. Preschool Dunrea, Olivier  Ollie’s Easter Eggs 32 pp.    Houghton     […]

#TBTV: Children’s Classics, All Grown Up

Update, 4/2: We’re sad to say that #TBTV is not a thing — as much as we wish it were! Thanks as usual to the witty Shoshana Flax, our #AprilFools mastermind. Nostalgia is in, and new streaming service #TBTV (that’s “Throwback Television”) is on trend with its lineup of shows that continue the stories of […]

Finding the Right Shoes: Reading War Stories with Kids

It was the late 1980s, during a period known for car bombs in the Lebanese civil war. I was a child living in suburban Chicago, but the majority of my extended family was still in Beirut, experiencing a horrific war. I heard stories of the war in newspapers, letters, and over scratchy long-distance phone calls. […]

Review of Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court

Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 
and Raymond Obstfeld Middle School, High School    Little, Brown    291 pp. 11/17    978-0-316-55538-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-55533-3    $9.99 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the NBA record for most points scored (38,387), and his college basketball career at UCLA under Coach John Wooden is legendary, his […]

Woman of the Year

Congrats to Jacqueline Woodson for winning the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, first given to Maurice Sendak in 2003; Jackie is the fourth American to win, after Katherine Paterson and Meg Rosoff. I met Jackie in 1990 in Chicago, where Delacorte had sent her all by her lonesome on her first book tour (for Last Summer at Maizon). Betsy, Hazel, […]

Review of The Boggart Fights Back

The Boggart Fights Back by Susan Cooper Intermediate    McElderry    209 pp.    g 2/18    978-1-5344-0629-2    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-0631-5    $10.99 It’s been over twenty years since the publication of The Boggart (rev. 5/93) and The Boggart and the Monster (rev. 5/97), but this new adventure stands on its own and will surely send readers looking for […]

Books mentioned in the March 2018 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Coding Coding Projects in Python: A Step-By-Step Visual Guide to Creating Your Own Python Projects Gr. 4–6     DK     224 pp.      2017 Library binding ISBN 978-0-606-40124-1 Paperback ISBN 978-1-4654-6188-9 Kelly, James Floyd  The Story of Coding [DK Readers series] Gr. K–3     DK     48 pp.     2017 Library binding ISBN 978-1-4654-6231-2 Paperback ISBN 978-1-4654-6242-8 Kids Get Coding series […]