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April 2018 Horn Book Herald: Spring News: Signs of Springtime

• Spring 2018 Horn Book Guide • Calling Caldecott: April picture books on the radar • Lucha Libros: Bilingual Battle of the Books • More Signs of Springtime: themed booklists about bikes (and 5Qs with a librarian on one!), bunnies, birdies, and baseball       From the April 2018 Spring News edition of The […]

Spring news 2017 booklist

Here are some recent picture books perfect for springtime. All reviews are from The Horn Book Magazine and were recommended at the time of publication. Secrets I Know by Kallie George; illus. by Paola Zakimi Preschool    Schwartz & Wade/Random    32 pp.    g 5/17    978-1-101-93893-5    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-101-93894-2    $20.99 […]

Recommended baseball books

Play ball! The books below include both fiction and nonfiction titles for a range of ages. All were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide at the time of their publication; reviews are reprinted from The Horn Book Guide Online. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For more […]

Civic Engagement Fair at Simmons

Thanks to Simmons for hosting a Civic Engagement Fair today, featuring: the Boston Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement, City Hall to Go Truck, Emerge MA, Fenway Alliance, League of Women Voters MA, MA Commission on the Status of Women, Mayor’s Neighborhood Liaison for the Fenway, and the Simmons Office of Community Engagement. Plus? Free Ben […]

Signs of springtime: construction

A late addition to our “signs of springtime” list: ’tis the season for construction! This is right near our office on The Fenway, but cranes are popping up like crocuses all over Boston. Here are some recent construction books for preschool- and early primary-aged kids (particularly vehicle-obsessed ones!), recommended by The Horn Book Magazine. Jonathan […]

Spring has sprung (at last!)

In Boston we’re still having as many chilly days as nice ones, but spring is indisputably (finally) here… and the the winter of our public transit discontent is a distant-ish memory. (The MBTA kindly gave free rides all day Friday to thank passengers for their patience during the winter. For more on that mess, see […]

Take me out to the ballgame

Play ball! Baseball season has officially opened (go Red Sox!). Here are some of our favorite baseball-themed books from recent years, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide.   Picture Books Straight man Abbott is a tall brown bear and befuddled Costello is a short white bunny in Who’s on First?, a picture-book […]

The early bird

After a long, hard winter, spring has finally returned. With it come our little feathered friends — and picture books about them. In Ole Könnecke’s humorous, cheering picture book You Can Do It, Bert!, a small red bird walks out to the end of a slender tree branch, trepidation written all over his face. “This […]

Signs of springtime: bunnies

Like bikes, bunnies have returned to the Simmons campus! (And not just chocolate ones left over from Easter baskets.) Third-grade teacher Stacy shares her thoughts on using rabbit-themed reading with her students over at Lolly’s Classroom.

Signs of springtime: bicycles

The snow is mostly gone, but here’s how we know it’s really springtime in Boston! While we’re waiting on those bicycles, here are some books about them. Reviews are from the Horn Book Guide Online. LIST UPDATED 4/24/17.   Picture Books Barton, Byron My Bike 40 pp. Greenwillow (HarperCollins Children’s Books Group) 2015. ISBN 978-0-06-233699-6 […]