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Happy Hanukkah from The Horn Book!

Hanukkah begins tonight — we hope your holiday is bright and bookish! Last year Rachel Kamin wrote, “Move Over, Shmelf…There Are Other Books on the Shelf.” She wasn’t kidding. If you’re looking for latke literature, there’s no shortage, from board books introducing the basics of Hanukkah to more complex stories. Here are some recent picture-book […]

The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way)

The other day in the grocery store I overheard one woman explaining to another why she thought calculus was ridiculous: “You can’t add letters.” True enough, and it led me to pondering one of my favorite time-twiddling questions: why is the alphabet in the order it is? There is no real reason b should follow […]

How It Feels to Be a Boat

The cover of How It Feels to Be a Boat, written and illustrated by James Kwan, promises a sailing adventure. There’s music in the air and a boat with whimsical passengers in high spirits. On the back cover, baby yellow elephants on rocks watch the boat chug along. The boat is right at the edge […]

From the mixed-up lost and found of the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Mixed-Up Files at 50

At the end of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, a museum guard reports that a violin case and a trumpet case, containing gray-washed underwear and a transistor radio, have been found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s lost and found. “No one has claimed them yet.” Yet is a good word […]

On Rachel Kamin’s “Move Over, Shmelf…There Are Other Books on the Shelf” (from 2016)

The first night of Hanukkah is Wednesday, December 13, Tuesday, December 12 [thanks to Julie Rosemarin for alerting us to the error!], and if you’re tempted to add the story of Shmelf, the Hanukkah Elf to your family’s holiday traditions, well, read what librarian and anti-Shmelfer Rachel Kamin had to say last year in “Move […]

Sports Stars Making a Difference 2017

Last night, Sports Illustrated awarded the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award to Colin Kaepernick (and Beyoncé was there!). Here are some recommended books about sports stars from the past and today who have Made a Difference. See also “What Makes a Good Sports Novel?” by Dean Schneider from The Horn Book Magazine and “Awe-inspiring athletes” from […]

Robinson

Peter Sís’s Robinson has been one of my 2017 favorites since the moment I first laid eyes on it. For one thing, on a personal (and superficial) level, I love that he captures on many of the book’s spreads my favorite shades of blue. Oh, the beautiful blues here! Blue ties with yellow for My […]

Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature

Children’s literature scholar and long-time friend of the Horn Book, Carolyn Shute recently let me know about a seasonal exhibit at the Concord (MA) Museum. If you live in the area or will be in or near eastern Massachusetts in the next few weeks, I recommend making the museum’s Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s […]

Horn Book Magazine starred reviews January/February 2018

The following books will receive starred reviews in the January/February issue of The Horn Book Magazine.   Grace for Gus; written and illustrated by Harry Bliss (Tegen/HarperCollins) Ducks Away!; by Mem Fox; illustrated by Judy Horacek (Scholastic) Little i; written and illustrated by Michael Hall (Greenwillow) It’s Shoe Time!; by Bryan Collier; illustrated by Brian Collier and Mo Willems (Hyperion) […]

The Ring Bearer

I have long admired Floyd Cooper’s books. His contributions to American art and culture feel vital always, but especially when there are still too few African American authors’ and illustrators’ voices in U.S. publishing today. The art he creates for his books is distinctive and unique. I do not fully understand HOW his subtractive style […]