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Happy World Read Aloud Day

…one of our favorite days of the year! To help you celebrate, here are some recommended books, Horn Book Fanfare 2018 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners 2019 ALAYMA winners Board Book Roundup: Treasure Hunting in the Public Library by Julie Roach (September/October 2018 Magazine) The 2019 Robin Smith Picture Book Prize by Dean Schneider […]

The Snowy Storytime

The snow swirls outside, but T wants to go to PJ storytime, so we scarf down stir-fry, don turtle jammies, and crunch our way up the ramp to the public library. Inside, snow-covered boots are discarded, jackets are shed, and squirmy listeners settle onto a multicolored afghan in the middle of the children’s room. Ms. […]

What Makes a Good Storytime?

Storytellers and story lovers know that that the essence of collaboration lies in the “Stone Soup” tale — everyone gives a little something (carrots, a potato, some salt and pepper) to achieve a common goal (a more satisfying soup for everyone). When the whole community contributes ingredients, it becomes a real meal. To expand their […]

Hbook Podcast 1.17 – Special Guest Librarian Julie Roach

Hbook podcast the seventeenth with guest librarian (and killer storyteller) Julie Roach. **There are a few spots where the sound drops out a bit (we’re sorry) but the stories Roger and Julie tell are so awesome, they’re worth a little bit of ear straining. Promise.** Julie Roach on what makes a good storytime Books we talk […]

Hbook Podcast 1.14 – Special Guest Megan Dowd Lambert

Note! Roger and Siân will be at the Horn Book booth at the Hubbub Festival on Saturday, June 4th from 9 am to 11 am. Come visit us! And now, your regularly scheduled programming… Podcast the fourteenth in which Siân and Roger talk with author, professor, mother, and generally awesome woman Megan Dowd Lambert. Megan’s […]

It IS raining in Boston this week!

Some of Roger’s smallest fans send him a thank-you.

Reading a book you dislike

For about ten years now, I have taught Pre-K. One of my favorite parts of the job is reading stories to the children during circle time. I am far from a great entertainer, but I try my best to make the stories entertaining or engaging to the children in some way; however, making a story […]