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Surviving Road Trips with Audiobooks


It began with Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking. I was planning a four-hour road trip with my kids, and I was searching for something besides the fail-safe DVD to entertain them during the drive. Admittedly, as an author, I rail against relying too heavily on movies, TV, and gaming. Yes, they’re convenient, and keep lunacy on […]

Books for Indigenous Peoples Day

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It’s Indigenous Peoples Day! Here’s a selection of books featuring a range of indigenous North American peoples and cultures — the majority by Native authors and illustrators — to be shared today and every day. Board books were recommended in our quarterly “Board Book Roundup” column. All others were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine […]

Books mentioned in the October 2016 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Skila Brown To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party by Skila Brown, Candlewick, 14 years and up. Caminar by Skila Brown, Candlewick, 11–14 years. Slickety Quick: Poems About Sharks by Skila Brown, illus. by Bob Kolar, Candlewick, 5–8 years. Historical horror stories The Passion of […]

Ghosts and witches and wizards, oh my!


What better time of year to curl up with a creepy book and a cup of cocoa to ward off the supernatural shivers? These middle-school novels provide just the right balance of adventure and eeriness — along with a few magical villains (or are they?) — for deliciously spooky fall reads. Set in late-nineteenth-century imperial […]

Fantastical folklore


The following works of folklore — a new Grimm like you’ve never seen, a Norwegian folk story in silly/creepy graphic novel form, a pourquoi tale done in Duncan Tonatiuh’s unmistakable visual style, and two classic reissues — feature fabulous and fantastical folk. In the hands of creative teachers, librarians, and parents, Shaun Tan’s The Singing […]

Historical horror stories

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History buffs and horror fans alike will appreciate these YA books about characters facing their own demons — of the metaphysical, metaphorical, or, most disturbingly, human varieties. In The Passion of Dolssa, author Julie Berry tells the story of (fictional) Catholic mystic Dolssa de Stigata after she escapes being burned as a heretic in 1241 […]

Monster mash


What goes bump in the night? Maybe it’s a monster, but maybe it’s a new friend — or maybe it’s both! These monstrously silly picture books are perfect treats for a Halloween story time. In Monica Brown’s Marisol McDonald and the Monster / Marisol McDonald y el monstruo, the little-girl protagonist explores words beginning with […]

Picture books | class #1, fall 2016


For our first class on October 12, we will be reading two picture books and three articles. Where the Wild Things Are is a classic now, but when it was first published in 1963 it was controversial. If you knew this book as a child, what did you notice this time that you might not […]

Books mentioned in the September 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

National Parks Service at 100 Brown, Craig  Mule Train Mail Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Charlesbridge     2009 Trade ISBN 978-1-58089-187-5 Paperback ISBN 978-1-58089-188-2 Carson, Mary Kay  Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America’s Own Backyard [Scientists in the Field series] Photographs by Tom Uhlman Gr. 4–6, middle school     75 pp.     Houghton     2014 Trade […]

Sports science and technology


Anniss, Matt  The Impact of Technology in Sports Middle school, high school     56 pp.      Heinemann Impact of Technology series. This survey takes a positive look at how technology has changed sports. A new understanding of biomechanics and diagnostics has helped athletes, including those with disabilities, improve performance. The accessible text covers advances in training, nutrition, […]