July 2008

Number of Players: 4 to 8
Grade Levels: Elementary and Up
Length: 20 Minutes

NYS Standards:

ELA Standard 1: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding.

ELA Standard 4: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for social interaction.

AASL Standards:

1.2.6 Display emotional resilience by persisting in information searching despite challenges

2.1.2 Organize knowledge so it is useful

4.1.5 Connect ideas to own interests and previous knowledge and experience

Imagine if you will, a blender… filled with gleeful, pixie-stick Ritalin monkeys, a farmyard See ‘n Say, and the kid from the front row who always said: “Oooo Oooo”. If you can, then you have the flavor of Out of the Box Publishing‘s jubilant cacophony of barnyard fun, Snorta!

Snorta! is an infectiously fun memory game that cleverly reuses the familiar “War” card game mechanic. Each player receives a barnyard animal and a barn in which to hide said animal. Before the players place their animal in the barn, they take turns showing them to the everyone. Once the critters are away in the barns, players are dealt cards. The cards feature pictures of the barnyard animals that are used in the game. This little details serves to complicate things for all involved. (more…)


I wanted to make available the finished AASL Standards & Board Games alignment document. It was well received at ALA Annual in Anaheim and I am in the process of reworking a abbreviated copy for ALA’s “I Love Libraries” booth at the upcoming Gen-Con conference.

If you are unsure where to start your collection, you can head over to the School Library System’s Game Library to see the games in ours. There, you can browse through the collection and narrow down games according to New York State educational standards or the new AASL standards.

Also, look forward to new reviews coming soon, including: SNORTA!, Railroad Tycoon, Age of Empires III and more.