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Here is Fanfare, the Horn Book’s list of the best books for young people published in 2013. The complete annotated list will be sent to Notes from the Horn Book subscribers next week; sign up now (it’s free) to get it hot off the server. The annotated list, beautifully designed by Lolly Robinson and suitable for sharing/framing, will also appear in the January/February issue of the Horn Book Magazine.


Picture Books

Building Our House; written and illustrated by Jonathan Bean (Farrar)

Journey; written and illustrated by Aaron Becker (Candlewick)

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild; written and illustrated by Peter Brown (Little, Brown)

Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?; written by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier (Clarion)

Flora and the Flamingo; written and illustrated by Molly Idle (Chronicle)

The Tiny King; written and illustrated by Taro Miura (Candlewick)

Niño Wrestles the World; written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Porter/Roaring Brook)

The Dark; written by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Little, Brown)

Mr. Wuffles!; written and illustrated by David Wiesner (Clarion)

Gobble You Up!; written by Gita Wolf, illustrated by Sunita (Tara)



All the Truth That’s in Me; by Julie Berry (Viking)

Penny and Her Marble; written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow)

The Year of Billy Miller; written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow)

Bo at Ballard Creek; written by Kirkpatrick Hill, illustrated by LeUyen Pham (Holt)

The Thing About Luck; written by Cynthia Kadohata, illustrated by Julia Kuo (Atheneum)

Far Far Away; by Tom McNeal

A Corner of White [Colors of Madeleine]; by Jaclyn Moriarty (Levine/Scholastic)

Invasion; by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic)

Bluffton: My Summers with Buster; written and illustrated by Matt Phelan (Candlewick)

Eleanor & Park; by Rainbow Rowell (Griffin/St. Martins)

Counting by 7s; written by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Dial)

P.S. Be Eleven; by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad/HarperCollins)

Boxers & Saints; written and illustrated by Gene Luen Yang, color by Lark Pien (First Second/Roaring Brook)



On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein; written by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky (Chronicle)

The Great American Dust Bowl; written and illustrated by Don Brown (Houghton)

Look Up!: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard; written and illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate

Locomotive; written and illustrated by Brian Floca (Jackson/Atheneum)

The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest—and Most Surprising—Animals on Earth; written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Houghton)

March: Book One; written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions)

Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled: How Do We Know What Dinosaurs Really Looked Like?; by Catherine Thimmesh (Houghton)


Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

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. A truly wonderful list. I am especially surprised and happy to see Kirkpatrick Hill there!

  2. Awesome. It’s been a really good year!

  3. Barbara Scotto says:

    Great list! I’m really happy to see On a Beam of Light there. Vladimir Radunsky has painted the most engaging Einstein, not to mention his parents, that I’ve ever seen.

  4. Rebekah Slocomb says:

    It’s nice to see that I have many of those books in my collection 🙂

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