July/August 2012 starred reviews

The following books will receive starred reviews in the July/August issue of The Horn Book Magazine:


Jimmy the Greatest!; by Jairo Buitrago; illus. by Rafael Yockteng; trans. from the Spanish by Elisa Amado (Groundwood)

Bea at Ballet; written and illustrated by Rachel Isadora (Paulsen/Penguin)

A Home for Bird; written and illustrated by Philip C. Stead (Porter/Roaring Brook)

Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten!; written and illustrated by Hyewon Yum (Foster/Farrar)

Baby’s in Black; written and illustrated by Arne Bellstorf; trans. from the German by Michael Waaler (First Second/Roaring Brook)

Seraphina; by Rachel Hartman (Random)

The Shark King; by R. Kikuo Johnson (Toon/Candlewick)

Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses; by Ron Koertge; illus. by Andrea Dezsö (Candlewick)

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95; by Phillip Hoose (Farrar)

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.


  1. Anita Burkam says:

    I’m glad that Serafina by Rachel Hartman made the cut! To me it stood out from so much of the other fantasy I’ve been reading. Richly textured, original, humorous at times, dramatic, with so many delightful new fantasy concepts. Dragons like you’ve never seen them! So much to like!


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