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2016 Summer Reading List

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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 2015–2016 and ideal for the season.

Letter to the Editor from Ginny Moore Kruse, March/April 2016

March/April 2016 Horn Book Ever since I read the recent Horn Book tribute to Beverly Cleary, my friend and colleague Eliza T. Dresang has been in my mind. Now that the 100th anniversary of Beverly Cleary’s birth is being celebrated, I’m thinking of both of these amazing women. Perhaps Eliza is most widely known for […]

Cinco de Mayo reading

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It’s Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate with this updated list of books starring the holiday itself, Mexican and Mexican American protagonists, and the Spanish language — all recommended at the time of publication by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide. (For more recommended Spanish-language and bilingual books, click here.) Picture books In Alma […]

Books mentioned in the May 2016 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Mordicai Gerstein I Am Pan! by Mordicai Gerstein, Roaring Brook, 4–8 years. Folktales redux Hansel & Gretel by Holly Hobbie, Little, Brown, 4–8 years. Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray, Candlewick, 4–8 years. Little Red by Bethan Woollvin, Peachtree, 4–8 years. Good Night, Baddies by Deborah Underwood, illus. by Juli Kangas, Simon/Beach […]

Horn Book Magazine – May/June 2016

May/June 2016 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents Special Issue: Collaborations Features “Lucky Lady” by Lydie Raschka Vera B. Williams and Chris Raschka collaborate on her last book. “Learning to Advise Writers” by Rita Williams-Garcia On mentoring MFA students. “Pictures in My Head” by Ann Rider How an editor pairs an author with “just the right illustrator.” “Was Jo March […]

Let’s collaborate in May!

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The Horn Book Magazine‘s May/June Special Issue is on the theme “Collaborations.” You can read the table of contents here, and please read executive editor Martha V. Parravano’s editorial “&” here. Heck, you might want to read it every day — it’s that smart and insightful. “So look for ampersands everywhere you can…” Throughout the […]

BGHB Awards submissions—last call!

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With the May 15th deadline looming, consider this the last call for 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award submissions. Publishers, big and small, we urge you to make sure you’ve sent all worthy eligible books (published between June 1st, 2015, and May 31st, 2016) to the judges. Please follow the submission guidelines carefully, and contact Katrina […]

Books mentioned in the April 2016 issue of What Makes a Good…?

What Makes Good Poetry? Picture Books Argueta, Jorge  Salsa: Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh. 32 pp.     Groundwood     2015     ISBN 978-1-55498-442-8 Ebook ISBN 978-1-55498-443-5 Brown, Skila  Slickety Quick: Poems About Sharks Illustrated by Bob Kolar. 32 pp.     Candlewick     2016     ISBN 978-0-7636-6543-2 Greenfield, Eloise  The Great Migration: Journey to the […]

Recommended Poetry: Young Adult

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Block, Francesca Lia How to (Un)cage a Girl 119 pp. HarperCollins/Cotler 2008. ISBN 978-0-06-135836-4 Library binding ISBN 978-0-06-135837-1 This three-part collection includes forty-five autobiographical poems. Part one details Block’s teenage years; part two follows her as an adult; part three contains “Love Poems for Girls.” Readers will welcome advice from someone who not only understands […]

Recommended Poetry: Picture Books

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Argueta, Jorge Salsa: Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem 32 pp. Groundwood 2015. ISBN 978-1-55498-442-8 Ebook ISBN 978-1-55498-443-5 Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh. This bilingual cooking poem plays on the multiple meanings of salsa for a musical recipe. As a boy and his family prepare salsa roja, his imagination runs wild, with ingredients becoming […]