Choosing Books

Promoting good books for children and young adults is the heart of The Horn Book’s editorial mission.

Apps for learning and fun

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In these apps for preschool and primary users, interactivity adds an extra-engaging aspect to learning new concepts. The cute monsters from Endless Alphabet, Endless Reader, and Endless Numbers are back to teach basic Spanish vocabulary in Endless Spanish. A sight word beginning with each letter appears on the screen and is pronounced by the narrator, […]

Summertime…

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…and the livin’ is easy. There’s no better time to dive into picture books, especially books about summer adventures. Grab a towel (and some sunscreen), pack a lunch, and soak up three new stories about memorable trips to the beach and one book about everyone’s favorite hot-weather treat. A companion to Tea Rex and Camp […]

Mysterious ways

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Full of thrills, chills, secrets, and lies, these new high-stakes mysteries for middle- and high-school readers will get hearts racing. Teen detective Scarlett is wary when nine-year-old Gemma appears at her office and tells her that she thinks her brother murdered someone. Scarlett accepts the case, and she’s soon launched into a dangerous mystery that […]

Books mentioned in the July 2015 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Antoinette Portis Wait by Antoinette Portis, Roaring Brook/Porter, 3–6 years. Summertime… Tea Rex by Molly Idle, Viking, 3–6 years. Camp Rex by Molly Idle, Viking, 3–6 years. Sea Rex by Molly Idle, Viking, 3–6 years. Fun in the Sun by David Catrow, Holiday, 3–6 years. See You Next Year by Andrew Larsen, illus. […]

Boys will be boys (what could go wrong?)

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Boys have adventures both big and small — and realistic and poignant and meta and supernatural!—in these books for intermediate and early middle-school readers. In Boy’s Best Friend by Kate Banks and Rupert Sheldrake, two sixth-grade dog owners living on Cape Cod devise an experiment based on scientist Sheldrake’s real book Dogs That Know When […]

Review of Little Bird’s Bad Word

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Little Bird’s Bad Word by Jacob Grant; illus. by the author Preschool     Feiwel     32 pp. 7/15     978-1-250-05149-3     $16.99 “*@?#%!” chirps Little Bird from the cover, piquing curiosity about what the bad word might be. Inside, Papa and Little Bird are flying home with a wriggly worm for lunch in tow. Then […]

Caldecott and Newbery 2015

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Handicapping the Newbery and Caldecott awards is a favorite pastime (blood sport?) among aficionados of books for children and teens. We gather in hallways, on blogs, around water coolers, to guess and argue and wonder. We postulate, some of us for twelve full months, until the ALA Midwinter meeting’s Youth Media Awards Press Conference when […]

2015 Mind the Gap Awards: The books that didn’t win at ALA

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Mad, man! The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis No Printz for the princes The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett #WWBYD (What Would Baba Yaga Do?) Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire Slow and steady didn’t win the race The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye, illustrated by Betsy Peterschmidt […]

Profile of 2015 Wilder Medal winner Donald Crews

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Looking back on my childhood, it is clear that my parents, Donald Crews and Ann Jonas Crews, gave my sister and me a visual education. They taught us to look at the world and shared with us their passion for visual and cinematic art. They taught us that the way something is presented is a […]

Whack-a-Word app review

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Practice turning letters into words with Whack-a-Word (Reading Horizons, 2013). The setting: a garden with a row of carrots in front and a spate of moles popping up, whack-a-mole style, behind them, each holding a placard with a letter. Your mission: to tap the moles holding the letters you need to spell words, and thus […]