Books mentioned in the August 2012 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

5 Questions for Roz Chast Marco Goes to School by Roz Chast, Atheneum, 4–7 years. Too Busy Marco by Roz Chast, Atheneum, 4–7 years. No worries back-to-school Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! by Hyewon Yum, Foster/Farrar, 4–6 years. A Gold Star for Zog by Julia Donaldson; illus. by Axel Scheffler, Levine/Scholastic, 4–6 years. […]

From the Editor – August 2012


You, Notes readers, have told us that you want more reviews of informational books. While—of course—I will tell you again to look to our Magazine and Guide for excellent and broad coverage of nonfiction titles, I’m pleased to inform you about a new publication that will debut in October. Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book […]

From the Editor – July 2012


The YA book boom seems to be continuing with no sign of abating, and I continue to be in awe of the Horn Book editors and reviewers who patiently (okay, maybe not always patiently — see this one trend Katie and Elissa spotted) go through them to tell you about the best. Here is some […]

Books mentioned in the July 2012 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

5 Questions for Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas written by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm, illus. by Molly Bang, Blue Sky/Scholastic, 5–8 years. Under-the-sea reading for kids In the Sea written by David Elliott, illus. by Holly Meade, Candlewick, 3–6 years. Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems written […]

From the Editor – June 2012


While Where the Wild Things Are is (arguably? No.) the greatest Caldecott Medal winner ever, the children’s book awards from the American Library Association flourish in their own right, honoring each year’s most distinguished achievements in literature for young people. If you’re coming to the ALA convention in Anaheim, please join me for the Horn […]

June 2012 Notes: Special Sendak Issue


In this special issue of Notes from the Horn Book we celebrate the June 10th birthday of Maurice Sendak, who died last month at the age of eighty-three. As well as being a master of illustration, Sendak was a great friend to The Horn Book. While he was best known for his picture books, we […]

Books mentioned in the June 2012 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Picture books Where the Wild Things Are (1963) written and illus. by Maurice Sendak, Harper, 3–7 years. In the Night Kitchen (1970) written and illus. by Maurice Sendak, Harper, 3–7 years. Outside Over There (1981) written and illus. by Maurice Sendak, Harper, 3–7 years. Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present (1962) written by Charlotte Zolotow, […]

Two questions for four Fellows

Photo by Richard Asch

Last year, I went to Maurice Sendak’s house to spend a day with the Sendak Fellows, four artists who were given time and studios to work on any project they desired, as well as access to Maurice for advice and encouragement. So who better to talk about his legacy? I asked each Fellow “what’s the […]

From the Editor – May 2012


Our Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards judges (Lauren Adams, Megan Lambert, and chair Thom Barthelmess) will finish their deliberations this month. I will be announcing the winners on Thursday, June 7 at 1:00 P.M. at BookExpo America in New York City. The press conference will take place in the Librarians’ Lounge (Booth #2148), and all BookExpo […]

Books mentioned in the May 2012 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five Questions for Paul O. Zelinsky Z Is for Moose written by Kelly Bingham, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky, Greenwillow, 4–8 years. Perfect animal shenanigans Animal Masquerade by Marianne Dubuc, trans. by Yvette Ghione, Kids Can, 2–5 years. Silly Goose’s Big Story by Keiko Kasza, Putnam, 2–5 years. Ballerina Swan written by Allegra Kent, illus. […]