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Welcome to the Horn Book's Family Reading blog, a place devoted to offering children's book recommendations and advice about the whats and whens and whos and hows of sharing books in the home. Find us on Twitter @HornBook and on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheHornBook


Crossing Literacy Thresholds: When Kids Are “Stuck” Reading the Same Things

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I take a democratic spirit with regard to my children’s reading. In my view, if I take them to the library every weekend and they’re reading something — anything! — then we’re good, right? Maybe not. Lately, my nine year-old has been apathetic about our library trips, preferring to wait in the car. When in […]

The Horn Book’s Family Reading landing page

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We are excited to debut our shiny new Family Reading landing page, a one-stop spot to easily access this blog as well as handy links to Horn Book content of particular interest to families (however we define the term). From this page, you can browse Books in the Home tagged articles and posts, themed booklists […]

On “Squeaky Little Wheels” (December 2016)

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In December, Liz Phipps Soeiro followed up her Horn Book Magazine Field Notes article “Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School” with the Family Reading blog post “Squeaky Little Wheels,” about encouraging critical thinking and activism at home. This amazing school librarian, mom, and Family Reading contributor was just named a “Mover & […]

Bonding with books

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I’ve never considered myself the maternal type. I even surprised myself when one day I said to my husband, “Let’s have a munchkin.” “From Dunkin Donuts?” he asked. But no, I was thinking about babies. Several of my close friends were expecting, and all the tiny socks and onesies that assigned cheeky personalities to a […]

On Zetta Elliott’s “Decolonizing the Imagination” (from 2010)

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Author and teacher Zetta Elliott contributed “Decolonizing the Imagination” to the Writer’s Page column in the Magazine‘s March/April 2010 issue. As a child and young adult, Zetta loved classic British novels; she notes, however, that she “learned early on that only white children had wonderful adventures in distant lands; only white children were magically transported […]

The Snowy Storytime

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The snow swirls outside, but T wants to go to PJ storytime, so we scarf down stir-fry, don turtle jammies, and crunch our way up the ramp to the public library. Inside, snow-covered boots are discarded, jackets are shed, and squirmy listeners settle onto a multicolored afghan in the middle of the children’s room. Ms. […]

On Hazel Rochman’s “Against Borders” (from 1995)

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“Apartheid has tried to make us bury our books. The Inquisition and the Nazis burned books. Slaves in the United States were forbidden to read books. From Latin America to Eastern Europe, they’ve trashed books. But the stories are still here. I believe that the best books can make a difference in building community.” In […]

On Megan Dowd Lambert’s “Dave the Potter and Stevie the Reader” (from 2011)

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Megan Dowd Lambert served on the 2011 Caldecott committee, which recognized Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave as a Caldecott Honor Book (that year’s winner was A Sick Day for Amos McGee). Megan had been hesitant to share the book with her younger children: “I think perhaps I shied away from it as read-aloud fare […]

Booklists and Awards for Family Reading

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Looking for some great books for your own kids or children you know? Check out a selection of award-winners and themed booklists from The Horn Book for children of various ages. The Horn Book’s Fanfare lists: Our choices for the best books of the year. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners. One of the most prestigious […]

“Leave the books on the bed”: Shaping a child’s social conscience

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“Maybe you can help me,” a teacher called from our school library’s biography section. “I need books about…protest, I guess.” Her son’s middle school class was debating NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem, as a protest against the oppression of people of color. At first her son defended Kaepernick, but […]