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Becker, Helaine Zoobots: Wild Robots Inspired by Real Animals Gr. 4–6   32 pp.     Kids Can Illustrated by Alex Ries. This unique book introduces a variety of robotic devices based on animals. Each device is introduced on a two-page spread set up like a video-game-character profile, touching on name, realm, team, super skill, specifications, applications, and […]

National Poetry Month 2016

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Bulion, Leslie  Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Peachtree Illustrated by Mike Lowery. Various poetic forms take readers on a funny and quirky tour of human anatomy, starting with the stomach and ending with complaints from some often-ignored organs such as the gallbladder. Sidebars contain more straightforward scientific information; […]

Earth Day 2016

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Baillie, Marilyn, Jonathan Baillie, and Ellen Butcher How to Save a Species Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Owlkids Featuring fifteen animals and two plants, this book offers succinct information on the habitat, numbers remaining (there are only four Red River giant softshell turtles left!), and action needed to save each endangered species. Clear color photographs of […]

Inspiring women

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Krull, Kathleen Dolley Madison Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Bloomsbury Krull, Kathleen Judy Blume Illustrated by David Leonard Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Bloomsbury Krull, Kathleen Sonia Sotomayor Illustrated by Angela Dominguez Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Bloomsbury Women Who Broke the Rules series. Using the theme of rule-breaking to introduce […]

Karen Blumenthal on Hillary Rodham Clinton


In our March/April 2016 issue, the Horn Book Magazine editors talked with Karen Blumenthal about the challenges of writing a biography about a political figure whose story is rapidly changing. Read the full review of Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History. The Horn Book: Things can change so quickly in politics. How did you […]

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

Five questions for Laura Dronzek When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes, illus. by Laura Dronzek, Greenwillow, 2–4 years. Birds by Kevin Henkes, illus. by Laura Dronzek, Greenwillow, 2–4 years. It Is Night by Phyllis Rowand, illus. by Laura Dronzek, Greenwillow, 2–4 years. Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow, 2–4 years. Let’s hear it […]

Introducing…the Horn Book Podcast


Starting today, the Horn Book’s new podcast with editor in chief Roger Sutton and Guide editorial assistant Siân Gaetano is live! Released once a week, this podcast will be for casual conversation about children’s literature from the perspectives of publishers, librarians, teachers, and fans. Roger brings his years of experience, strong opinions, and solid sass […]

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day 2016


On the occasion of Dr. Seuss’s birthday — and Read Across America Day — Shoshana has written a brief ode. (And that’s her ear.) The sun doesn’t shine, and it’s too wet to play, but today makes The Horn Book say “Hip, hip, hooray!” A Seussian birthday! We’re sending three cheers! In fact, we have […]

Horn Book Magazine – March/April 2016

March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazne

Table of Contents Features Beverly Cleary’s 100th Birthday A series of tributes to the author and her work. “The Real Ramona” by David Reuther “Telling the Truth While Making Things Up” by Elaine Scott “Dear Mrs. Cleary” by Varian Johnson “Everyone Needs a Ramona” by Kate Messner “Beverly Cleary and the Art of Growing Up” […]

Shortest month of the year #HBBlackHistoryMonth16


As our #HBBlackHistoryMonth16 coverage comes to a close, here is a reminder that these articles by and about African American children’s literature luminaries should be read by everyone, everywhere, everyday, not just during the shortest month of the year. In the meantime, we’ll keep updating our Horn Book Talking About Race resource page. We’ve already […]