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Horn Book Fanfare 2015


Welcome to Horn Book Fanfare! Chosen annually by our editors, Fanfare is The Horn Book Magazine‘s selection of the best children’s and young adult books of the year. This year’s list includes: a quietly action-filled picture book about… waiting. Two mice of very few (but well-chosen) words. A handful of books without any words. A […]

Happy (C)Han(n)uk(k)a(h)!

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The Festival of Lights began last night, and I’ve got the latke lunch to prove it. Here are some recent Hanukkah-themed picture books to (let’s be honest) get smothered in applesauce. Reviews are from The Horn Book Magazine’s 2015 Holiday High Notes and from The Horn Book Guide Online. For more Horn Book Hanukkah recommendations, […]

Books mentioned in the December 2015 issue of What Makes a Good…?

What Makes a Good Preschool Book? All Through the Day Castillo, Lauren Nana in the City 40 pp.     Clarion     2014     ISBN 978-0-544-10443-3 dePaola, Tomie Look and Be Grateful 32 pp.     Holiday     2015     ISBN 978-0-8234-3443-5 Fleming, Candace Bulldozer’s Big Day 32 pp.     Atheneum     2015     ISBN 978-1-4814-0097-8 Ebook ISBN 978-1-4814-0098-5 Golan, Avirama Little Naomi, Little Chick Illustrated […]

Books mentioned in the November 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

World religions Bullard, Lisa My Religion, Your Religion [Cloverleaf Books: Alike and Different series] Illustrated by Holli Conger Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Millbrook     2015 Library binding ISBN 978-1-4677-4905-3 Paperback ISBN 978-1-4677-6033-1 Ebook ISBN 978-1-4677-6296-0 Grün, Anselm The Legend of Saint Nicholas Illustrated by Giuliano Ferri Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Eerdmans     2014 Trade ISBN 978-0-8028-5434-6 Lumbard, […]

Recommended books about adoption


This past Saturday, November 21st, was National Adoption Day, “a collective national effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families.” To celebrate, we’ve pulled together a list of recommended titles featuring adoption, all reviewed and recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn […]

Recommended books on transgender lives

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Ellen Wittlinger’s Parrotfish was the first young adult novel starring a transgender protagonist. In the eight years since its publication, other books for young readers have also explored transgender lives and experiences. The titles below were reviewed and recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide at the time of their publication; […]

Books mentioned in the November 2015 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Tim Wynne-Jones The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones, Candlewick, 14 years and up. Boys to remember All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, Atheneum/Dlouhy, 14 years and up. Calvin by Martine Leavitt, Ferguson/Farrar, 14 years and up. Show and Prove by Sofia Quintero, Knopf, 14 years and up. Orbiting […]

Books mentioned in the October 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Research and information science Bailer, Darice  Will and Wendy Build a Website with Digital Tools [Writing Builders series] Illustrated by Sean O’Neill Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Norwood     2013 Library binding ISBN 978-1-59953-584-5 Paperback ISBN 978-1-60357-558-4 Info Wise series Bodden, Valerie  Analyze and Define the Assignment Middle school, high school     40 pp.     Lerner     2015 Library binding […]

Books mentioned in the October 2015 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Duncan Tonatiuh Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh, Abrams, 6–9 years. Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh, Abrams, 6–9 years. Tricks and treats I Used to Be Afraid by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Roaring Brook/Porter, 3–6 […]

Horn BOO! 2015

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Don’t be frightened. The ten (not-so) terrifying tales reviewed by the Horn Book staff in our annual Halloween roundup are only make-believe. (Wait, what’s that behind you?) Carl’s Halloween by Alexandra Day; illus. by the author Preschool   Ferguson/Farrar   32 pp. 8/15   978-0-374-31082-0   $14.99 When Mom blithely announces that she’s going over to Grandma’s for a […]