At long last

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There may have been some jumping up and down yesterday when I spotted this on the Magazine table. Garth Nix’s Abhorsen trilogy/Old Kingdom Chronicles is one of my all-time favorite series; I’ve read Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen several times each and listened to the superb audiobooks narrated by Tim Curry many more times. The trilogy […]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Erin go bragh! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with nonfiction about Ireland and its history, fiction starring Irish and Irish American protagonists, and a little bit of pure blarney, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine.   Picture books In Eve Bunting’s Ballywhinney Girl (Clarion, 2012) Maeve’s grandpa unearths a mummy — common in Ireland, where […]

Week in Review, March 10th-14th

Week in Review

This week on… From the March/April issue: “What Makes a Good Book Cover?” by Thom Barthelmess March’s Notes from the Horn Book: Five questions for Lois Ehlert, picture book biographies, preschool vehicle books, chapter books with spunky heroines, and YA adventures starring boys Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Stella’s Starliner by Rosemary Wells […]

March Notes

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March Notes is here! This month, look for five questions for queen of collage Lois Ehlert, plus • picture book biographies about trailblazers • preschool books about vehicles • chapter books starring spirited heroines • YA novels about boys on the edge Enjoy! Read the issue online here, or subscribe to receive both the monthly Notes from the […]

Flora and friends

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Kate DiCamillo’s Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (illustrated by K. G. Campbell; Candlewick, 6–9 years) — that warmly told and illustrated story of a comics-loving girl, a superheroic squirrel, and their friendship — took home the 2014 Newbery Medal. The following primary and early intermediate novels also star smart, spirited girls on adventures big […]

Horn Book Week in Review, March 3rd–7th

Week in Review

This week on… From the March/April issue: “Do Great Work and the Rest Will Follow” by Shadra Strickland “An Interview with Neal Porter” by Leonard S. Marcus We’re expanding our Review of the Week feature to spotlight more of the books (and more of the HB reviewers!) we love. Starting this week, you’ll find […]

March children’s lit events in Boston

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There are a heckuva lot of events happening in and around Boston this month — definitely a good thing, since we’re all starting to go a little stir-crazy with winter dragging on. Signings, workshops, panels, and drink nights make for a nice change from holing up at home on these dreary days. Be sure to […]

Review(s) of the Week news


We’re expanding our Review of the Week feature to spotlight more of the books (and more of the HB reviewers!) we love. Beginning today, you’ll find brand-new reviews of recommended books and apps four days a week: Mondays: picture books Tuesdays: fiction Wednesdays: nonfiction Thursdays: apps and e-books Click on the tag Review of the […]

Horn Book Week in Review, February 24th–28th

Week in Review

This week on… Not on our site, but not to be missed: PW’s article about the CBB “Why Did THAT Book Win?” panel Preview the March/April 2014 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Illustration From the March/April issue: Editorial: “As Pretty Does” “Just Enjoy the Pictures: Hand-Crafted Versus Digital Art” by Julie Danielson Articles from […]

The wave of the future?

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“What is it?” “It looks like a Disney princess movie!” “It sounds like a Planet Earth episode.” Well, not exactly, but not far off the mark, either. Disney and author Jennifer Donnelly (A Northern Light, Revolution) are collaborating on a multimedia fantasy project set to debut in early May. The WaterFire saga is projected to […]