RIP, Pete Seeger

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Great singer-songwriter/activist Pete Seeger died on Monday at the age of ninety-four. Here are a few picture book versions of his folk songs, reviewed in The Horn Book Guide. In Turn! Turn! Turn!: Words from Ecclesiastes, Wendy Anderson Halperin illustrates Seeger’s Ecclesiastes-inspired folk song with delicate watercolor and pencil art depicting nature, feelings, folk causes, […]

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

U.S. Presidents Bausum, Ann Our Country’s Presidents: All You Need to Know About the Presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama Gr. 4–6     224 pp.     National Geographic     2013 [New ed. 2009] Trade ISBN 978-1-4263-1089-8 Bolden, Tonya Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty Middle school, high school     120 pp.     Abrams     2013 Trade ISBN 978-1-4197-0390-4 […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Day reading

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides an opportunity to reflect not only on the life of the great civil rights leader, but also on how far we’ve come — and how far we still have to go. Below are some recommended books about Dr. King’s legacy to share and discuss. What are your favorite books […]

Kid’s best friends

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We’ve updated our list of recommended books about pets. You’ll find dog (of course!), cat, hamster, and even rhinoceros books for readers from preschool through elementary school. All of the titles were published within the last few years and reviewed in The Horn Book Magazine. No horse books here, I’m afraid, but you can find […]

Recommended pet stories

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The books recommended below, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine, were published within the last several years. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. Picture books Suggested grade level listed with each entry. My Rhinoceros written and illus. by Jon Agee (Scholastic/di Capua) A kid gets a rhinoceros as […]

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

One question for eight people: the Newbery/Caldecott edition of Five Questions Far Far Away by Tom McNeal, Knopf, 13–16 years. Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan, Candlewick, 8–12 years. The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata, Atheneum, 10–14 years. P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia, HarperCollins/Amistad, 10–14 years. Journey by Aaron Becker, […]

Recommended apps and e-books

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The apps and e-books recommended below were developed within the last few years. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. Click on the title links for full reviews of individual apps, or view all of our App Review of the Week selections here. Preschool Suggested age level for each entry: […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2013

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Please see below our annual Fanfare list, the Horn Book’s choices for the best books published for children and teens in 2013. We compile the list via an ongoing discussion among ourselves and with our reviewers, winnowing down the several hundred books the Horn Book Magazine highly recommended through the year to a relatively modest […]

Books mentioned in the December 2013 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Picture Books Building Our House by Jonathan Bean, Farrar, 5–8 years. Journey by Aaron Becker, Candlewick, 5–8 years. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown, Little, Brown, 3–7 years. Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? written by Eve Bunting, illus. by Sergio Ruzzier, Clarion, 3–7 years. Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle, Chronicle, […]

Remembering Nelson Mandela

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Former South African president and revolutionary Nelson Mandela passed away last week. Honor his memory by reading (and sharing) these recommended books about Mandela, his anti-apartheid activism, and his political career. At the start of his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom (abridged by Christ van Wyk), Mandela’s gentle voice recollects a near idyllic childhood. Ensuing […]