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Recommended Books

Promoting good books for children and young adults is the heart of The Horn Book’s editorial mission. Archived here are annotated lists of recommended titles.

Review of Goldfish Ghost

Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicket; illus. by Lisa Brown Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp. 5/17    978-1-62672-507-2    $17.99 This story begins with a death framed in terms of a birth. “Goldfish Ghost was born on the surface of the water in a bowl on the dresser in a boy’s room.” Our hero […]

Review of We Come Apart

We Come Apart by Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan High School    Bloomsbury    312 pp.    g 6/17    978-1-68119-275-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-68119-276-5    $12.99 Two troubled UK teens forge an unlikely romance in this novel in verse. Jess, a jaded tough girl, nicked some cosmetics with friends who let her take […]

Review of Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism

Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos High School    Holt    294 pp. 3/17    978-0-8050-9835-8    $22.99 e-book ed.  978-1-2501-0967-5    $10.99 This passionate, sprawling, multilayered biography begins like a Robert Capa photograph: right in the middle of the action. […]

Review of Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia Intermediate, Middle School    Amistad/HarperCollins    166 pp.    g 5/17    978-0-06-221591-8    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-221594-9    $9.34 “Electric blues sparks jumped out into the night” when Cool Papa Byrd plays his guitar in Washington Square Park, and all grandson Clayton wants is to be waved […]

Review of Triangle

Triangle by Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon Klassen Preschool, Primary    Candlewick    48 pp. 3/17    978-0-7636-9603-0    $15.99 Triangle leaves his triangle-shaped house via his triangle-shaped door, off to “play a sneaky trick on Square.” He walks to Square’s house and stands outside the square-shaped door, hissing like a snake. Square, who is […]

Review of Poems in the Attic

Poems in the Attic by Nikki Grimes; illus. by Elizabeth Zunon Primary, Intermediate    Lee & Low    48 pp. 5/15    978-1-62014-027-7    $19.95    g On a visit to her grandmother’s house, a little girl finds her mother’s stash of childhood poems in the attic. The poems written by the mom in this story are tanka poems, an […]

2017 Summer Reading Recommendations

“Summer readin’ / had me a blast…” By now you should know that The Horn Book’s philosophy regarding summer reading is just do it, but the it is wide open to interpretation. Summer reading should not be a way to trick kids into doing school. Sure, reading can be learning (and oftentimes it is, even […]

Review of Mothers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to Postfeminism

Mothers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to Postfeminism edited by Lisa Rowe Fraustino and Karen Coats University Press of Mississippi    270 pp. 5/16    978-1-4968-0699-4    $60.00 This illuminating and timely collection, which originated with co-editor Fraustino’s Hollins University course of the same name, examines the changing — and […]

Five questions for Juana Medina

Juana Medina’s 2017 Pura Belpré Award–winning Juana & Lucas (Candlewick, 5–8 years) introduces new readers to a new set of friends, a Colombian girl named Juana (just like the author) and her perro, Lucas. Eleven brief and breezy chapters, copiously illustrated with cheery ink and watercolor pictures, tell about Juana’s life growing up in Bogotá […]

2017 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Picture Books

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Here are our top ten books for different age ranges — including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry — all published 2016–2017 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For a handy take-along list of […]