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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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

Five questions for Cynthia Leitich Smith Tantalize, Eternal, Blessed, and Diabolical [Tantalize], all by Cynthia Leitich Smith, Candlewick, 13–16 years. Feral Nights and Feral Curse [Feral], both by Cynthia Leitich Smith, Candlewick, 13–16 years. YA fantasy you’ve been waiting for A Corner of White and The Cracks in the Kingdom [Colors of Madeleine], both by […]

Preview May/June 2014 Horn Book Magazine

May/June 2014 Horn Book Magazine

Harriet at 50: To mark the golden anniversary of Harriet the Spy, authors Jack Gantos and Megan McDonald, librarian Kathleen T. Horning, critic Betsy Hearne, editor Ginee Seo, and educator Cathryn M. Mercier reflect on Louise Fitzhugh’s groundbreaking 1964 novel. Borderlands: Deirdre F. Baker interviews author—and pilot!—Elizabeth Wein. Books in the Home: Megan Lambert’s reassuring […]