Rating System in The Horn Book Guide

Each book receives a rating of 1 to 6:

1 = Outstanding, noteworthy in style, content, and/or illustration.
2 = Superior, well above average.
3 = Recommended, satisfactory in style, content, and/or illustration.
4 = Recommended, with minor flaws.
5 = Marginal, seriously flawed, but with some redeeming quality.
6 = Unacceptable in style, content, and/or illustration.

The bar graph below shows the distribution of ratings in a typical issue of the Guide.

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Grade Levels for Fiction in the Guide

Preschool = birth to age 4
Picture Books = grades K–3
Easy Readers = grades K–3
Younger Fiction = grades 1–3
Intermediate Fiction = grades 4–6
Older Fiction = Young Adult (grades 7 and up)

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