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2018 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Easy Readers and Primary Grades

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Here are our top ten books for different age ranges — including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry — all published 2017–2018 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For a handy take-along list of […]

Mama-Llama Day 2018

We’d been wondering why a four-year-old Lolly’s Classroom blog post was generating so many new comments. Then we realized that Netflix had just released a new animated series based on the Llama Llama books by the late Anna Dewdney (you can read her heartfelt and very Family Reading-appropriate keynote speech from The Horn Book’s Fostering […]

Teacher Appreciation 2018

May 7-11 is National Teacher Appreciation Week, and today is National Teacher Day, a day on which the National Education Association hopes we will all go out of our way to #ThankATeacher. We are both the parents of two elementary-school-aged children, and we send HUGE thank yous to the teachers, specialists, paraprofessionals, administrators, chefs, custodians, […]

The opposite of “easy”

We’ve passed the early reading stage in my house, but I love the Magazine’s new column on books for beginning readers, which declares that we are in an “easy reader renaissance.” I can see why. Books for kids learning to read are being published in all shapes, sizes, and formats, from the traditional I Can […]

Spring Break (?!) 2018

Though it doesn’t feel much like spring here in Massachusetts (brr!), this is April School Vacation Week. Monday was Patriots’ Day, a state holiday commemorating the Revolutionary War battles of Lexington and Concord; it was also Marathon Monday, and this year’s 122nd Boston Marathon marked five years since that horrible, unforgettable day of the marathon […]

Nic Stone in Parents Magazine

Though I don’t go out of my way to read parenting magazines (and I will likely never have it together enough to “Pack a Super-Fun Lunch!”), if I do see one, I’ll give it a browse. I was so glad to discover Nic Stone‘s article “My Boy and the Bus” in the February 2018 issue […]

On Rising

Fifty years ago today — April 4, 1968 — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Andrea Davis Pinkney’s transcendent Martin Rising: Requiem for a King (Scholastic, 2018), brilliantly illustrated by her husband, Brian Pinkney, honors the civil rights icon’s life and work by shining light on his death. Roger calls the […]

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. […]

Marching for their lives

This Saturday, March 24th, will see many communities around the world participating in youth-led March for Our Lives protest demonstrations. Here is the information about our local Boston March. The topics of guns, gun safety, and especially school shootings can be difficult to broach. Here are a selection of books that could help get these […]

Patterns

Late winter in New England means a kind of limbo between seasons. You never know what it will be like out — snow or mud or something in between. So when I was preparing for a visit to my twin daughters’ classroom to teach a winter science lesson, I had to be flexible. The class […]