Books mentioned in the December 2015 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Picture Books It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee, Dial, Preschool, Primary. My Bike by Byron Barton, Greenwillow, Preschool. Out of the Woods: A True Story of an Unforgettable Event by Rebecca Bond, Farrar/Ferguson, Primary. Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson, Putnam, Primary. Waiting by Kevin Henkes, […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2015


Welcome to Horn Book Fanfare! Chosen annually by our editors, Fanfare is The Horn Book Magazine‘s selection of the best children’s and young adult books of the year. This year’s list includes: a quietly action-filled picture book about… waiting. Two mice of very few (but well-chosen) words. A handful of books without any words. A […]

Preview January/February 2016 Horn Book Magazine

January/February 2016 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art (did we say amazing cover art?) by Marla Frazee. Horn Book Fanfare: Our choices for the best books of 2015. Coverage of the 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards: judges’ remarks, speeches, photos. “The World That Changes”: Susan Cooper’s Horn Book at Simmons keynote address on the theme “Transformations.” Abby McGanney Nolan interviews children’s […]

Books mentioned in the December 2015 issue of What Makes a Good…?

What Makes a Good Preschool Book? All Through the Day Castillo, Lauren Nana in the City 40 pp.     Clarion     2014     ISBN 978-0-544-10443-3 dePaola, Tomie Look and Be Grateful 32 pp.     Holiday     2015     ISBN 978-0-8234-3443-5 Fleming, Candace Bulldozer’s Big Day 32 pp.     Atheneum     2015     ISBN 978-1-4814-0097-8 Ebook ISBN 978-1-4814-0098-5 Golan, Avirama Little Naomi, Little Chick Illustrated […]

Recommended Preschool Books: ABCs and 123s


Browne, Anthony One Gorilla: A Counting Book    32 pp. Candlewick 2013. ISBN 978-0-7636-6352-0 For Anthony Browne, a gorilla is never just a gorilla. In this seemingly simple counting book from one to ten (plus a final coda), generous white space and classic type treatment balance expertly with large head-and-shoulders portraits of primates: “1 gorilla / […]

Recommended Preschool Books: All Through the Day


Castillo, Lauren Nana in the City    40 pp. Clarion 2014. ISBN 978-0-544-10443-3 Visiting Nana in the city, the unnamed child narrator is initially unreceptive to the appeal. “The city is busy…loud…[and] filled with scary things.” Nana promises to show her young visitor that “the city is wonderful — bustling, booming, and extraordinary,” and their tour […]

Five questions for Tomie dePaola

Photo: Julie Maris-Semel

1. You’ve illustrated books intended for a range of ages. What, in your experience, makes a good picture book for the very young? TD: Picture books for the young are the hardest, the most rewarding, and the most consequential task any illustrator/writer can tackle. The responsibility of introducing “The Book” to young children is awesome. […]

Recommended Preschool Books: Bedtime


Choldenko, Gennifer Putting the Monkeys to Bed    32 pp. Putnam 2015. ISBN 978-0-399-24623-4 Illustrated by Jack E. Davis. At bedtime, Sam and his toy monkeys are wide awake. Busy cartoon art full of overstimulating detail vibrates with energy, capturing what it might feel like to be Sam, whose “brain is buzzing.” Eventually, Sam handles […]

Recommended Preschool Books: Families

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Atinuke Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus!    32 pp. Kane/Miller 2015. ISBN 978-1-61067-367-9 Illustrated by Lauren Tobia. In her latest picture book, Anna (Splash, Anna Hibiscus!) adjusts to the arrival of twin baby brothers, or “Double Trouble.” The story follows her struggles with the family’s diverted attentions immediately after the births: “You will have to […]

Native American Heritage Month resources

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November is Native American Heritage Month, a celebration of Native American people, their varied cultures, and their accomplishments. Check out the official website for more information and lots of resources; here some additional resources from our archives. Recommended books Review of Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth […]