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Board Book Roundup: Baby Horn BOO! 2022 Edition

This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, published seasonally. 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. Familiar songs, finger puppets and holes, counting, and flaps galore make...

Review of A Monster Is Eating This Book!

A Monster Is Eating This Book! by Karen Kilpatrick ; illus. by Germán Blanco Preschool, Primary     Holt    40 pp.     g7/22     978-1-250-81759-4     $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-250-89300-0    $10.99 What creature has the story’s characters (and readers) whispering and tiptoeing to avoid waking it? Reminiscent of The Monster at the...

Gaga for Grandmas

Sarah's daughter with her mom, Grandma Bernie. Photo: Sarah Threlkeld. Because of divorces and remarriages in both my husband’s and my family, our daughter is fortunate enough to be doted on by four grandmothers. These wise, caring, and funny women shower my six-year-old with love and attention, making her feel...

The Wisdom of Grandpas

Sarah's one-week-old daughter with her dad, Papa Dick. Photo: Sarah Threlkeld. Neither of my grandfathers were present in my life, so it has been an absolute joy to watch my daughter interact with her Papa Dick and Grandpa Scott and to witness the pure love and joy that is at...

Body-Inclusive KidLit

My daughter, husband, and I recently spent a relaxing morning exploring the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. At one point we stepped inside a large transparent box that distorted our reflections and my daughter, who was on the other side of the partition that divided the space...

Hooking Readers Through Theater

I was (dramatic pause) a theater kid. I loved going to shows, watching musicals (on VHS!), and performing in my school’s productions. So when I became a mom, I hoped my daughter would love the theater, too. As she got older and became obsessed with reading, I realized that her...

Rainbow Reads

It may be the last day of June and thus Pride Month, but that doesn't mean the celebration should end today. Visit intersectional, inclusive bookstores such as All She Wrote Books in Somerville, MA. Or consider incorporating Pride into the look of your home, office, library, or classroom. How you...

Rainbow Reads List

As part of our Rainbow Reads project, below is bibliographic information for each of the recommended books we've selected, gathered from The Horn Book Magazine and Guide/Reviews Database. Organized by spine color (reflecting the colors in the Pride flag) and tagged with the main LGBTQIA+ identities represented, the titles collectively...

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