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Book futures

While our special March issue is all about the different forms books are taking these days, i wanted to remind you of this great piece illustrator Jean Gralley wrote for us six years ago (pre-iPad!) about the possibilities in/for digital picture books. Have a look. The first coverage I can remember us giving to e-publishing […]

The ADD Child’s Guide to North American Wildl–hey let’s go ride our bikes!

The New York Times  and I think alike about the temptations that beset iPad reading. And having acquired an iPhone this weekend, I don’t see my concentration getting any better.

Editorial: Remixing Reading

Circumstance as well as preference dictated that I read the 2012 Newbery Medal– and Scott O’Dell Award–winning Dead End in Norvelt in four flavors: advance reading copy, finished book, iBook, and as an audio download from I read the ARC and bound book in editing the Horn Book Magazine review; when I needed to […]

The Making of Freight Train…the App

Early in the summer of 2009—many digital generations ago—HarperCollins set out to experiment with several iPhone/iPod Touch apps. We decided to create two apps based on easily searchable and popular topics (example: ABC), and one app based on a classic and best-selling picture book. The staff at Greenwillow Books was charged with figuring out how […]

Ebooks, schmeebooks

After wrapping up our March special issue on books in the digital era, a meeting about Horn Book web strategy, and another meeting to tour the virtual space that will host an upcoming SLJ event about YA books (this summer; I’ll keep you posted), I’m feeling completely pixelated. I recognize that I have an imagination […]

The Bippolo Seed goes digital

As a Seuss fan, I had high hopes for The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories app (Oceanhouse Media, September 2011). This adaptation of seven rediscovered stories (originally published by Redbook Magazine in the 1950s) ended up being a mixed bag. Here’s what I like about it: Reader control. The main menu features a separate […]

Weekend update

We talked about this trend of shiny-ing up books last week when Martha P. and I did a Family of Readers gig at the Duxbury Free Library for the Westwinds Bookshop. I speculated that the books that would best survive digital competition would be those that most rewarded or required physical presence–airport novels out, picture […]

The digital divide

SLJ Technology Editor Kathy Ishizuka reports on “Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America,” a new study by Common Sense Media revealing an “app gap”: inequities in access to digital devices due to household income. The question of app and ebook accessibility across economic classes came up several times in the Librarians and Digital […]

Tweeting with the cool kids

On Wednesday night, Katie and I attended (virtually) Ruckus Media and SLJ’s Librarians and Digital Storytelling Twitter Party, a lively hour of fast-paced discussion on the practical uses of e-books and apps. Read Ruckus’s wrap-up (linked above) or relive the event at #ruckusslj on Twitter. Many thanks to our hosts for organizing and for the invitation to participate. The discussion provided much food for thought. Katie and I […]

Here We Are

Welcome to the Horn Book’s new digital home; please take a look around. One of the things I like most about the new is the ability it gives readers to engage in dialogue with us and each other; just about every post and article ends with a spot for you to tell us what you think. Please do so.