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Archives for October 2013

The New York Times Best Illustrated List

The New York Times List of the 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2013 was released today, and here it is:   Journey, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker (Candlewick) Ballad, written and illustrated by Blexbolex, translated by Claudia Z. Bedrick (Enchanted Lion) Jane, The Fox and Me, written by Fanny Britt, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, translated by […]

Happy Halloween!

It may not be known as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but we happen to think Halloween-time is pretty great. If you haven’t already heard about All Hallow’s Read, it’s definitely time you did! Created by Neil Gaiman in 2010, “All Hallow’s Read is a Hallowe’en tradition. It’s simply that in the week […]

Don’t be fooled by the smile.

School Library Journal threw a nice party for retiring Book Review Editor Trevelyn T. Jones in the Louis L’Amour room at Random House on Tuesday night. It was so great to see Trev, who has been indefatigable for the past thirty years–I first worked with her when I was  a reviewer for SLJ in the […]

Purrfect reads

Yesterday was National Cat Day! Founded in 2005 by pet expert and advocate Colleen Paige, National Cat Day aims to raise awareness of homeless cats as well as appreciate the companionship of feline friends. Celebrate with one of these Horn Book Magazine–recommended books starring cats and cat-lovers — with a cat in your lap, of […]

Daisy Gets Lost (but hopefully not by the Caldecott committee)

Is it just me, or are there are an unusually large number of wordless/nearly wordless picture books worthy of Caldecott consideration this year? So far we’ve discussed Bluebird, Inside Outside, and Flora and the Flamingo. Upcoming contenders include Aaron Becker’s Journey, Jerry Pinkney’s Tortoise and the Hare, and David Wiesner’s Mr. Wuffles!. So many, in […]

From The Guide: Teen Problem Novels

In his “What Makes a Good YA Urban Novel?” column, Horn Book Guide reviewer Randy Ribay discusses books about teens growing up in cities and the issues they face. On a larger scale, the problem novel can be a way for all teens, in any environment and of any background, to find their struggles explored […]

Review of The Screaming Staircase

The Screaming Staircase [Lockwood & Co.] by Jonathan Stroud Intermediate, Middle School     Disney-Hyperion     374 pp. 9/13     978-1-4231-6491-3     $16.99     g With a morbidly cheery tone and sure-footed establishment of characters and setting, Stroud (the Bartimaeus trilogy; Heroes of the Valley, rev. 1/09) kicks off a new series that is part procedural and part ghost story, with […]

Braaaaiiiiiiiin busters

I’m a little — okay, a lot — addicted to the recently released Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time by developer PopCap Games. The original Plants vs. Zombies has been steadily expanding from computers and home gaming consoles to Facebook and various mobile platforms since its introduction in 2009 — apparently I am the […]

Books mentioned in the October 2013 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Colonial America Arato, Rona Story Voyages Through History 1750–1899 [On an American Day] Illustrated by Ben Shannon Gr. 4-6     96 pp.     Owlkids     2011 Trade ISBN 978-1-926818-91-7 Paperback ISBN 978-1-926818-92-4 Fact Finders: Life in the American Colonies series Asselin, Kristine Carlson The Real Story About Government and Politics in Colonial America Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Capstone     […]

Sports season

Kelly, David A. Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud That Changed Baseball Gr. K–3  32 pp.  Millbrook Illustrated by Oliver Dominguez. Every baseball used in a Major League game is broken in by being rubbed with special mud harvested from a secret location — who knew? This fascinating account relates how former player […]