2014 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Picture Books (Fiction and Nonfiction)

atinuke_splash, anna hibiscus

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? We’ve hand-picked our top ten in each age range, all published 2013–2014, that are ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For a handy take-along list of titles, follow this link to a printable […]

2014 Summer Reading Recommendations

THB_Summer_reading_form

Educationalists will tell you how important it is for children to keep reading throughout the long summer break lest their ever-evolving literacy skills erode. Fine. That does not, however, excuse the frequently dreadful list of recommended or — eep — required reading that schools shoot out as one last salvo of homework just as everybody […]

2014 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Middle School Fiction and Nonfiction

ellis_outside in_170x255

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? We’ve hand-picked our top ten in each age range, all published 2013–2014, that are ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For a handy take-along list of titles, follow this link to a printable […]

2014 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Early Readers and Younger Fiction

archer_big bad wolf

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? We’ve hand-picked our top ten in each age range, all published 2013–2014, that are ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For a handy take-along list of titles, follow this link to a printable […]

2014 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Intermediate Fiction and Nonfiction

appelt_true blue scouts of sugar man swamp

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? We’ve hand-picked our top ten in each age range, all published 2013–2014, that are ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For a handy take-along list of titles, follow this link to a printable […]

Summer Reading List 2014

Picture Books (Fiction and Nonfiction) Splash, Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke; illus. by Lauren Tobia (Kane Miller) Journey by Aaron Becker; illus. by the author (Candlewick) Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown; illus. by the author (Little, Brown) Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio; illus. by Christian Robinson (Atheneum) Locomotive by Brian Floca; illus. by the author […]

Books mentioned in the May 2014 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Sophie Blackall Ivy + Bean series written by Annie Barrows, illus. by Sophie Blackall, Chronicle, 6–9 years. The Mighty LaLouche written by Matthew Olshan, illus. by Sophie Blackall, Schwartz & Wade/Random, 5–7 years. Pecan Pie Baby written by Jacqueline Woodson, illus. by Sophie Blackall, Putnam, 3–6 years. Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found, […]

E. Lockhart on We Were Liars

e lockhart

In the May/June 2014 Horn Book Magazine, our editors asked author E. Lockhart about writing the shocking ending of We Were Liars. Read the starred review here. Horn Book editors: Did you write the end of the book first or last? E. Lockhart: I knew the ending when I wrote the beginning, and I wrote […]

The Horn Book Magazine — May/June 2014

May/June 2014 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents Features Harriet at 50 We mark the golden anniversary of Louise Fitzhugh’s immortal Harriet the Spy. “Spying on Louise Fitzhugh” by K. T. Horning “Fifty Years of Novel Exploits” by Betsy Hearne “I Spy: Harriet and I” by Jack Gantos “Becoming a Book Detective” by Cathryn M. Mercier “Writer, Wrestler, Stutterer, Spy” […]

Recommended reading for Earth Day

Island by Jason Chin

The books recommended below were reviewed by The Horn Book Magazine. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. Picture books Suggested grade level listed with each entry The Promise written by Nicola Davies, illus. by Laura Carlin (Candlewick) A girl, “mean and hard” as the city she lives in, survives […]