Summer Reading



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 2014–2015 and ideal for the season.


Featured Posts

RSFARMER

#winning!

I hope I can say how much I love the 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book winners without anyone inferring my opinions about previous years. While under my strict don't-ask-don't-tell relationship with the judges I have no idea why they chose what they did, … [Read More...]

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Drumroll, please… The 2015 BGHB Award announcements

On Wednesday, May 27th, at SLJ's Day of Dialog, Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton and 2010 BGHB Fiction Award winner Rebecca Stead announced the 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honor books. This year's award … [Read More...]

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

THE 2015 BOSTON GLOBE–HORN BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED May 27, 2015, New York, NY — Today Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, and Rebecca Stead, the 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction Award winner for When You Reach Me, announced the … [Read More...]

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Picture Book Reviews of 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

 Picture Book Winner The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary Beach Lane/Simon 32 pp. 10/14 978-1-4424-9744-3 $17.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4424-9745-0 $10.99 Appearances can be deceiving in this superb … [Read More...]

Blogs

RSFARMER

#winning!

I hope I can say how much I love the 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book winners without anyone inferring my opinions about previous years. While under my strict don't-ask-don't-tell relationship with the judges I have no idea why they chose what they did, … [Read More...]

Book & Me by Charise Mericle Harper

Book & Me, Week 4

In case you missed them, here is the fourth batch of entries in Charise Mericle Harper's original "Book & Me" comics series: #15: Greatness can be overwhelming. (Especially other people's.) #16: Some (possibly questionable) advice on … [Read More...]

pioneer girl

Behind the Scenes of the Little House books

How much time do you devote to researching the books you give your students to read? If you have the time or are really interested in the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pioneer Girl may be for you. This scholarly book with notes and appendices, edited … [Read More...]

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Join some mock award discussions

Hello, Calling Caldecott readers. I want to alert you to a post that just went up in Lolly's Classroom. My students will be holding mock award sessions during our last class on April 9. Come help them discuss these books here. Since there are … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

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Review of My Family Tree and Me

My Family Tree and Me by Dušan Petričić; illus. by the author Primary   Kids Can   24 pp. 4/15   978-1-77138-049-2   $16.95 The truth that if one’s parents hadn’t met one wouldn’t exist is a head-exploding realization of childhood. In this celebration of ancestry, Petričić bounces off that revelation to create an innovative introduction to the ordinary miracle of genealogy. Read from front to middle, we meet the paternal line through five generations, Pops and Nana and all the rest. Read … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

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The Unstoppables app review

The Unstoppables app (Cerebral: The Swiss Foundation for Children with Cerebral Palsy, May 2015) introduces a diverse group of four young friends with complementary strengths: Melissa, who is blind, can reach high objects with her cane. Mai can jump over obstacles and crouch to go under them. Achim, who is in a wheelchair, can travel quickly and can transport one other person. He can also read (the others cannot). Jan moves a bit more slowly than his friends, but can lift and carry heavy … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

THE 2015 BOSTON GLOBE–HORN BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED May 27, 2015, New York, NY — Today Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, and Rebecca Stead, the 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction … [Read More...]

frazee_farmer and the clown

Picture Book Reviews of 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

 Picture Book Winner The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary Beach Lane/Simon 32 pp. 10/14 978-1-4424-9744-3 $17.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4424-9745-0 … [Read More...]

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

Fiction Reviews of 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

 Fiction Winner Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell Middle School   Simon   248 pp. 8/14   978-1-4424-9061-1   $16.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4424-9063-5   $10.99 Will (short for … [Read More...]

fleming_family-romanov

Nonfiction Reviews of 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Nonfiction Winner The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and 
the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming Middle School, High School 
 Schwartz & Wade/Random  287 pp. 7/14 … [Read More...]

petricic_my family tree and me

Review of My Family Tree and Me

My Family Tree and Me by Dušan Petričić; illus. by the author Primary   Kids Can   24 pp. 4/15   978-1-77138-049-2   $16.95 The truth that if one’s parents hadn’t met one wouldn’t exist is a … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

#winning!

I hope I can say how much I love the 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book winners without anyone inferring my opinions about previous years. While under my strict don't-ask-don't-tell relationship with the … [Read More...]

Drumroll, please… The 2015 BGHB Award announcements

On Wednesday, May 27th, at SLJ's Day of Dialog, Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton and 2010 BGHB Fiction Award winner Rebecca Stead announced the 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and … [Read More...]

2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

THE 2015 BOSTON GLOBE–HORN BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED May 27, 2015, New York, NY — Today Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, and Rebecca Stead, the 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction … [Read More...]

Interviews

carol weston

Carol Weston Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. In Ava and Taco Cat, Carol Weston's second book about … [Read More...]

roger is reading a book

Publisher Anita Eerdmans on Roger Is Reading a Book

In our May/June 2015 issue, we asked publisher Anita Eerdmans about the bespectacled, bowtied — and strangely familiar-looking — protagonist of Roger Is Reading a Book. Read the review here. Horn … [Read More...]

Christian Robinson

Five questions for Christian Robinson

With Last Stop on Market Street (Putnam, 5–8 years), author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson take readers on a bus journey through the city — along the way exploring a young boy's … [Read More...]

colburn and winnie

Sally M. Walker on Winnie

In our March/April 2015 issue, Shoshana Flax chatted to author Sally M. Walker about the spark behind her new nonfiction book, Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie the Pooh. Read the … [Read More...]

nikki grimes

Five questions for Nikki Grimes

April is National Poetry Month, and what better way to celebrate than by talking with acclaimed poet Nikki Grimes? Her many books include narratives in verse, prose fiction, poetry collections, and … [Read More...]

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