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vampire baby

Trick or treat! Enjoy our inaugural selection of new books for Halloween, with reviews written by the Horn Book staff. For more  spooky books for middle graders, see “Slightly Spooky Middle-Grade Tales.” Vampire Baby by Kelly Bennett; illus. by Paul Meisel Primary     Candlewick     32 pp. 7/13     978-0-7636-4691-2     $15.99 A boy describes […]

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

Five questions for Holly Black Doll Bones written by Holly Black, illus. by Eliza Wheeler, McElderry, 8–12 years. The Spiderwick Chronicles series written by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, illus. by Tony DiTerlizzi, Simon, 8–12 years. Modern Faerie Tales series (Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside) by Holly Black, McElderry, 13–16 years. The Good Neighbors series (Kin, […]

Reading about dancing

from Jordan Matters's gorgeous Dancers Among Us

This past Saturday, September 21st, was declared Boston Ballet Day in honor of the first-ever outdoor (and free!) presentation of the company’s annual Night of Stars showcase that evening. Several friends and I packed up a delicious picnic and camped out on the Boston Common — only a few of an estimated 55,000 attendees — […]

Books mentioned in the September 2013 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Scientist biographies Berne, Jennifer  On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein Illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Chronicle     2013 Trade ISBN 978-0-8118-7235-5 Burleigh, Robert  Look Up!: Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Simon/Wiseman     2013 Trade ISBN 978-1-4169-5819-2 Byrd, Robert  Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of […]

Time to get our lists in order


Since January, Lolly, Martha, and I have been collecting picture books that might be talked about come Caldecott time. Our first challenge is to make a list that pleases us. Just us. Some of the two dozen titles are there because they will be fun to argue about; some because one of us was wowed […]

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

Five questions for David Wiesner Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner, Clarion, 3–7 years. Creature features Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein, illus. by the author, Candlewick, 2–5 years. Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea, Disney-Hyperion, 2–5 years. The Long, Long Line by Tomoko Ohmura, illus. by the author, Owlkids, 2–5 years. Xander’s Panda […]

March on Washington fiftieth anniversary

We March

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech. To celebrate, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite fiction and nonfiction books about the march, the speech, and the great man himself. In Shane W. Evans‘s picture book We March, a mother and […]

Back-to-school reading


The books recommended below 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 Bailey written and illus. by Harry Bliss (Scholastic) Bailey loves school. Then again, he’s the only dog at Champlain Elementary. Straightforward sentences tell […]

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

Five questions for Mitali Perkins Open Mic: Riffs on Growing Up Between Cultures in Ten Voices, ed. by Mitali Perkins, Candlewick, 12–14 years. Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins, Charlesbridge, 12–14 years. Richshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins, Charlesbridge, 10–12 years. Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins, Delacorte, 14–16 years. Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins, Delacorte, 14–16 years. […]

Shark Week reads

shark vs. train

This week marks the 26th (!) annual Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. Here’s a selection of shark-themed books — ranging from novel to legend to nonfiction and from silly to informative to poignant — recommended by The Horn Book Magazine. What books would you suggest for young shark enthusiasts? In picture book Shark vs. […]