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Bid goodbye to summer, embrace the natural beauty and coziness of autumn, and prepare for the coming cold with these seasonally appropriate new picture books. Kenard Pak‘s Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn offers a warm welcome to fall. “Hello, late summer morning,” says a young girl in a red scarf as she leaves her house on […]

Week in Review, October 31st – November 4th

Week in Review

This week on… Remembering Natalie Babbitt 2016 Horn BOO! and Baby Horn BOO! Halloween reading recommendations November/December 2016 The Horn Book Magazine Table of Contents November/December Editorial: “We’re with Her” by Elissa Gershowitz and Martha V. Parravano Mordicai Gerstein Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas by Yuyi Morales […]

The Phantom of the Opera is there…


…inside our office! Editorial intern Molly accessorized her already-adorbs Halloween #OOTD with a mask that just arrived to promote A. G. Howard’s upcoming Phantom-inspired YA novel RoseBlood (Abrams/Amulet, January 2017). Time for a Halloween singalong at our desks, I think!

Week in Review, October 24th-28th

Week in Review

This week on… From the November/December 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Decolonizing Nostalgia: When Historical Fiction Betrays Readers of Color” by Sarah Hannah Gómez October’s Nonfiction Notes newsletter: presidential biographies, domestic animals, natural resources at risk, personal and global economics, blood and gore (for Halloween!) Melissa Sweet Talks with Roger Reviews of […]

Week in Review: October 17th-21st

Week in Review

This week on… We had a blast at Boston Book Festival — and we’ve got the pics to prove it! See any familiar faces? Over on Twitter, author/illustrator Tom Lichtenheld has some advice for the presidential candidates… Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Return by Aaron Becker — plus a Q&A for the author/illustrator Fiction: […]

Week in Review, October 10th-14th

Week in Review

This week on… We’ll be at Boston Book Festival tomorrow! Stop by booth #61 and say hi — and pick up Horn Book swag! Mag editor Elissa Gershowitz will also be hosting Jon Klassen’s children’s lit keynote at 10:30 am. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the opening of Bertha Mahony Miller’s Bookshop […]

Sago Mini Babies Dress Up


Sago Mini Babies Dress Up (Sago Sago, August 2016; iOS only) invites preschoolers to play dress-up with four cute — and familiar to Sago Sago fans — animal characters. The app opens with bird Robin, bunny Jack, cat Jinja, and dog Harvey sitting on porch steps. Given that it’s close to Halloween, it’s just slightly […]

October’s Notes from the Horn BooOOooK


October’s Halloweenish Notes from the Horn Book is bat-winging its way to inboxes right now! We start things off on a serious note with 5Q for Skila Brown on her starred verse novel To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party, plus a selection of historical horror stories for […]

Ghosts and witches and wizards, oh my!


What better time of year to curl up with a creepy book and a cup of cocoa to ward off the supernatural shivers? These middle-school novels provide just the right balance of adventure and eeriness — along with a few magical villains (or are they?) — for deliciously spooky fall reads. Set in late-nineteenth-century imperial […]

Monster mash


What goes bump in the night? Maybe it’s a monster, but maybe it’s a new friend — or maybe it’s both! These monstrously silly picture books are perfect treats for a Halloween story time. In Monica Brown’s Marisol McDonald and the Monster / Marisol McDonald y el monstruo, the little-girl protagonist explores words beginning with […]