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Fanfare! 2016

Horn Book Fanfare Our choices for the best books of 2016

The Horn Book Magazine’s choices for the best books of 2016. Sign up now to receive the fully annotated list in next week’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book. Picture Books Thunder Boy Jr. written by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Little, Brown) Leave Me Alone! written and illustrated by Vera Brosgol (Roaring […]

Squeaky Little Wheels

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In this time of fear and anxiety about the next four years (and hell, the last five hundred years), it is more important than ever that we teach our children to be critical about the media they consume. What are you watching on TV? What news sources do you follow, are they valid? Oh, and […]

The Horn Book’s Making a Difference landing page

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The Horn Book has compiled some resources about social justice and activism on a new landing page called Making a Difference. There, we will be posting Horn Book articles, links, booklists, and discussion points about the topics; we’ll let you know via Read Roger, Family Reading, and Out of the Box; Facebook and Twitter (@RogerReads […]

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie review

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“Yesterday, a wizard entered New York with a case. A case full of magical creatures. And unfortunately, some have escaped.” That’s the basic premise for the new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Warner Brothers, November 2016; PG-13), the first in a projected five-movie spin-off series of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise […]

Snow White

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When I first heard Matt Phelan was working on a graphic novel that would transpose Snow White from her traditional fairy-tale locale to Depression-era New York City, I was more than a little excited. Phelan’s previous graphic novels (Storm in the Barn; Bluffton) are favorites of mine and have been a hit with my comics-obsessed students. […]

Reading the waffle iron

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I see that Bad Little Children’s Books has been sent to bed without supper. No loss, even if I don’t share the outrage. There are some memes that should just stay memes, and children’s-book-cover parodies have been racing around since even before Buzzfeed was a thing. The problem with this collection in particular is there is almost zero wit; unlike […]

On Megan Lambert’s “O Christmas Books!” (from November 2011)

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Last night my husband asked me, “Do you have an answer if we get the ‘Is Santa real?’ question?” I do, having addressed this last year with our eldest (come on, Dad, get with the program!). I’ve also fielded questions and comments from my kids about friends at school who celebrate different winter holidays and […]

The mock results are in | Class #6, fall 2016

To make their award committee experience more authentic, each group brought snacks.

On Wednesday night, November 30, we held our last children’s lit class of the semester. We read Charlotte’s Web and had a good discussion about unlikely friendships, death in children’s books, and the benefits of reading aloud. Then we got to the big event: mock book award groups. Each student had nominated an eligible book […]

Week in Review, November 28th – December 2nd

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This week on hbook.com… 2016 Holiday High Notes Preview the January/February 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine Starred Reviews coming in the January/February Magazine Lynne Rae Perkins Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle; illus. by Becca Stadtlander Fiction: Ghost [Track […]

January/February 2017 Starred Reviews

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  The following books will receive starred reviews in the January/February 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Life on Mars; written and illustrated by Jon Agee (Dial). Chirri & Chirra; written and illustrated by Kaya Doi; translated from the Japanese by Yuki Kaneko (Enchanted Lion). Egg; written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow). A […]