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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 […]

World Down Syndrome Day 2017

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For World Down Syndrome Day, we’ve compiled a selection of children’s books that we hope support the mission of Down Syndrome International “to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.” You can […]

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 […]

The Princess Bride: The “Good Parts”

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You know those scarves that are all the rage, the ones covered in portions of text from a book? For once in my life, I feel fashionable, as a dear friend gave me one as a gift. I recognized the text pretty quickly as coming from a book I’ve loved since I was ten: William […]

Women’s History Month, Week 3

The Horn Book Celebrates Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month, and now seems like an especially important time to celebrate the achievements of women and girls. Look for the hashtag #HBWomensHistory17 on Facebook and Twitter and here at hbook.com. This week’s articles: Roger Sutton on Horn Book founder Bertha Mahony Miller: “What would Bertha do?” Two picture book biographies about […]

St. Patrick’s Day reading

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Erin go bragh! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this updated list of nonfiction about Ireland and its history, fiction starring Irish and Irish American protagonists, and a little bit of pure blarney. All of the following titles were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide at the time of their publication; reviews are reprinted […]

Town Is by the Sea

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Next month Groundwood Books will release one of the most beautiful picture books of the year. Written by Joanne Schwartz, with pictures by Sydney Smith, Town Is by the Sea follows a boy as he goes about his ordinary summer day — playing on the playground, eating lunch, going to the store to get groceries for his mom […]

Another look at “A Second Look”

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Rereading a favorite book from childhood can be a bittersweet experience. Part of what’s so fulfilling about the practice of rereading is that you’re a different reader each time. Your increased knowledge of the story, literature at large, yourself, and/or the world makes subsequent readings of the same story and the same characters richer. On […]

Care for Our World app review

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Care for Our World (Sunbreak Games, March 2017; iOS only), the app based on a 2012 picture book written by Karen Robbins and illustrated by Alexandra Ball (Compendium Inc.), seeks “to inspire children to care for the earth they call home: a timely reminder of the responsibility every generation shares to nurture and respect life […]

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 & […]