Editorial: Books for the Ages

In Rita Williams-Garcia’s P. S. Be Eleven, included on this year’s Fanfare list of the best books of 2013, Delphine, inspired by the example of an admired teacher, decides she is going to read Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. But Delphine’s mother Nzila, a complicated woman living semi-estranged from the family in far-away Oakland, cautions her […]

The Horn Book Magazine — January/February 2014

January/February 2014 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents   Features 12 Horn Book Fanfare Our choices for the best books of 2013. 23 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Gallery 2013 Celebrating the year’s winners and honor books. 24 Nonfiction 30 Picture Book 36 Fiction Monica Edinger 52 Books About Africa Showing young readers the real Africa. Columns Roger Sutton 9 Editorial […]

What’s New 
About New Adult?

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Coming of age. Sexuality. Relationships. All are part of the teen experience, and all are part of literature for and about teens. Recently, though, there’s been an uptick in books published for the eighteen-and-up readership — labeled “New Adult” (NA) — that traverse these issues with more drama and explicit sexuality than even the most […]

The Horn Book reviews the Big Words Biographies

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Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport; illus. by Bryan Collier Primary     Jump at the Sun/Hyperion    40 pp. 9/01     0-7868-0714-8     $15.99 Library ed. 0-7868-2591-X     $16.49 This is one book you can judge by its cover. The space on the front jacket is entirely filled […]

The Horn Book Television Line-Up

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All-of-a-Kind Family Feud Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, Gertie, and Baby Charlie: “Bring it on, Ingalls clan!” Big Brother Housemates Darry Curtis, Klaus Baudelaire, the Weasley twins, and Christopher Dollanganger dish about their precocious younger sibs. Mad Men Dressed-to-the-nines ad execs Brother Leon, President Snow, Voldemort, and Gollum backstab, scheme, and imbibe to deaden self-loathing. Meanwhile, […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2013

Horn Book Fanfare

Please see below our annual Fanfare list, the Horn Book’s choices for the best books published for children and teens in 2013. We compile the list via an ongoing discussion among ourselves and with our reviewers, winnowing down the several hundred books the Horn Book Magazine highly recommended through the year to a relatively modest […]

Review of Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

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Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Little, Brown     48 pp. 9/13     978-0-316-20063-9     $18.00 Mr. Tiger walks upright and wears a top hat and a handsome coat with a bow tie, fitting in with the rest of society. But his orange fur provides the only spot of […]

Caldecott at 75 extras

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The Caldecott Medal marks its seventy-fifth anniversary this year. In a year-long series of articles, librarian and children’s literature historian K. T. Horning looked at one seminal but unheralded Caldecott book of each decade — identifying trends, noting the changing nature of the picture book, wrestling with issues and definitions. We’ve collected original Horn Book […]

Review of The Abominables

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The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson; illus. by Fiona Robinson Intermediate     Amulet/Abrams     264 pp. 10/13     978-1-4197-0789-6     $16.95 From Kenneth Grahame’s reluctant dragon to Roald Dahl’s BFG, endearing monsters are a staple of children’s literature, now including Eva Ibbotson’s yetis. The book opens a century ago when the young Lady Agatha Farlingham disappears and is presumed dead […]

Holiday High Notes 2013

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O come, all ye faithful Horn Book readers… behold our annual selection of new holiday books, with reviews written by the Horn Book staff. Little Santa by Jon Agee; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Dial     40 pp. 10/13     978-0-8037-3906-2     $17.99     g It’s easy to distinguish Santa from his parents and six siblings (Larry, Mary, […]