Summer Reading List 2014

Picture Books (Fiction and Nonfiction) Splash, Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke; illus. by Lauren Tobia (Kane Miller) Journey by Aaron Becker; illus. by the author (Candlewick) Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown; illus. by the author (Little, Brown) Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio; illus. by Christian Robinson (Atheneum) Locomotive by Brian Floca; illus. by the author […]

Books mentioned in the May 2014 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Sophie Blackall Ivy + Bean series written by Annie Barrows, illus. by Sophie Blackall, Chronicle, 6–9 years. The Mighty LaLouche written by Matthew Olshan, illus. by Sophie Blackall, Schwartz & Wade/Random, 5–7 years. Pecan Pie Baby written by Jacqueline Woodson, illus. by Sophie Blackall, Putnam, 3–6 years. Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found, […]

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Nino Wrestles the World

It’s Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate by sharing these books starring the holiday itself, Mexican and Mexican American protagonists, and the Spanish language — all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide. (For more recommended Spanish-language and bilingual books, click here.) Picture books In Alma Flor Ada’s Let Me Help! / ¡Quiero […]

Notable novels in verse

grimes_words with wings

After highlighting a variety of poetry picture books in the April issue of Notes from the Horn Book and March issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book, we wanted to feature some of the notable novels in verse from the last year before National Poetry Month 2014 comes to a close. Intermediate After Gabby’s […]

Recommended reading for Earth Day

Island by Jason Chin

The books recommended below were reviewed by The Horn Book Magazine. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. Picture books Suggested grade level listed with each entry The Promise written by Nicola Davies, illus. by Laura Carlin (Candlewick) A girl, “mean and hard” as the city she lives in, survives […]

A tisket, a tasket, books for Easter baskets

Little White Rabbit

Spring hasn’t fully sprung quite yet in Boston — we got snow overnight earlier this week! But with Easter this weekend, we know it’s coming (eventually). Here are four springy board books to tuck into a little one’s Easter basket. The titular bunny of Kevin Henkes’s Little White Rabbit has limitless curiosity and imagination to […]

Dayenu!

adler_passover

Pour the wine (or grape juice) and chop the nuts and apples. Here are some new books for Passover. (And here are two more.)   Preschool Two Shalom Sesame series entries, written by Tilda Balsley and Ellen Fischer and illustrated by Tom Leigh, follow Sesame Street characters in Israel as they learn about doing good […]

Books mentioned in the April 2014 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Cynthia Leitich Smith Tantalize, Eternal, Blessed, and Diabolical [Tantalize], all by Cynthia Leitich Smith, Candlewick, 13–16 years. Feral Nights and Feral Curse [Feral], both by Cynthia Leitich Smith, Candlewick, 13–16 years. YA fantasy you’ve been waiting for A Corner of White and The Cracks in the Kingdom [Colors of Madeleine], both by […]

Books mentioned in the March 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Women’s History Corey, Shana Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure Illustrated by Hadley Hooper Gr. K–3     40 pp.    Scholastic    2012 Trade ISBN 978-0-545-34278-0 McCann, Michelle Roehm and Welden, Amelie Girls Who Rocked the World: Heroines from Joan of Arc to Mother Teresa High school    248 pp.    Simon/Aladdin    2012 […]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

depaola_patrick the patron saint

Erin go bragh! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with nonfiction about Ireland and its history, fiction starring Irish and Irish American protagonists, and a little bit of pure blarney, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine.   Picture books In Eve Bunting’s Ballywhinney Girl, Maeve’s grandpa unearths a mummy — common in Ireland, where (a note […]