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Archives for December 2017

All the Way to Havana

Thanks to All the Way to Havana, the vibrant and evocative book written by Margarita Engle and inventively illustrated by Mike Curato, I learned something very interesting about modern-day Cuba. Many of the cars on the road there are pre-1959 American automobiles. We meet a boy whose family owns such a vehicle, lovingly called “Cara Cara.” Passed from one […]

Review of A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E. B. White

A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E. B. White by Barbara Herkert; illus. by Lauren Castillo Primary    Ottaviano/Holt    40 pp. 10/17    978-1-62779-245-5    $18.99 The writer E. B. White is introduced here in spare text and warm images, with a focus on White’s love of nature and animals as well as the […]

December 2017 Horn Book Herald: Picture Books Edition

Welcome to our all-picture-books-all-the-time edition of The Horn Book Herald! In this issue you’ll find five questions for Julia Denos and E. B. Goodale (the team behind Windows, a 2017 Horn Book Fanfare selection); posts from our Calling Caldecott blog; lists of recommended holiday books; ideas for Family Reading; our thoughts about what makes a […]

December 2017 Picture Books Horn Book Herald: More recommended reading

• Fanfare: The Horn Book’s choices for the best books of 2017 • 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award winner and honor books • The New York Times Best Illustrated List • “Why the Hell Hasn’t Photography Won the Caldecott?!?” • Julie Danielson on running mock Caldecotts • “Calling CaldeNott”: Thom Barthelmess on extraordinary […]

December 2017 Picture Books Horn Book Herald: Calling Caldecott’s latest contenders

Begun in 2011, The Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott blog asks: What can win? What will win? What should win? Here are some of our favorite recent posts. • Roger Sutton on The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell • Tarie Sabido on How It Feels […]

Five questions for Julia Denos and E. B. Goodale

Julia Denos and E. B. Goodale have been friends and creative collaborators since their days working together at a children’s bookstore — where I was lucky to work with them. I’ve always admired their individual projects, and it was a pleasure to chat with them about their collaboration (and one of my favorite picture books […]

Happy Hanukkah from The Horn Book!

Hanukkah begins tonight — we hope your holiday is bright and bookish! Last year Rachel Kamin wrote, “Move Over, Shmelf…There Are Other Books on the Shelf.” She wasn’t kidding. If you’re looking for latke literature, there’s no shortage, from board books introducing the basics of Hanukkah to more complex stories. Here are some recent picture-book […]

Review of All’s Faire in Middle School

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Dial    248 pp. 9/17    978-0-525-42998-2    $20.99 Paper ed.  978-0-525-42999-9    $12.99 Roller Girl (rev. 3/15) meets the Ren Faire in Jamieson’s new read-alike graphic novel. After years of homeschooling, Imogene Vega, a squire-in-training at the Florida Renaissance Faire where her family […]

Review of King of the Sky

King of the Sky by Nicola Davies; illus. by Laura Carlin Primary    Candlewick    48 pp. 6/17    978-0-7636-9568-2    $17.99 “It rained and rained and rained…The streets smelled of mutton soup and coal dust. And no one spoke my language. All of it told me this is not where you belong.” An elderly Welsh miner and a […]

The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way)

The other day in the grocery store I overheard one woman explaining to another why she thought calculus was ridiculous: “You can’t add letters.” True enough, and it led me to pondering one of my favorite time-twiddling questions: why is the alphabet in the order it is? There is no real reason b should follow […]