Veterans’ Day reading

knit your bit

Today we honor veterans of past wars and those currently serving in the military. It’s a good day to share books about veterans, their experiences, and their sacrifices. These titles, both fiction and nonfiction for a range of reader ages, were all published in the last two years and recommended by The Horn Book Magazine. […]

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

Five questions for Jon Agee Nothing by Jon Agee, Hyperion, 3–7 years. Terrific by Jon Agee, di Capua/Hyperion, 3–7 years. The Other Side of Town by Jon Agee, di Capua/Scholastic, 3–7 years. Little Santa by Jon Agee, Dial, 3–7 years. If Snow Falls by Jon Agee, Pantheon, 3–7 years. If the weather outside is frightful […]

Purrfect reads

art by Edward Gorey

Yesterday was National Cat Day! Founded in 2005 by pet expert and advocate Colleen Paige, National Cat Day aims to raise awareness of homeless cats as well as appreciate the companionship of feline friends. Celebrate with one of these Horn Book Magazine–recommended books starring cats and cat-lovers — with a cat in your lap, of […]

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

Colonial America Arato, Rona Story Voyages Through History 1750–1899 [On an American Day] Illustrated by Ben Shannon Gr. 4-6     96 pp.     Owlkids     2011 Trade ISBN 978-1-926818-91-7 Paperback ISBN 978-1-926818-92-4 Fact Finders: Life in the American Colonies series Asselin, Kristine Carlson The Real Story About Government and Politics in Colonial America Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Capstone     […]

Baby Horn BOO!

five black cats

We’ve recommended lots of Halloween-y picture books, easy readers, chapter books, and YA novels in the last few weeks (see “From the Guide: Slightly Spooky Middle-Grade Tales,” our updated recommended Halloween reading list, and “Horn BOO!“). But what about the board-book crowd? Here are four recent silly and sweet choices for the youngest trick-or-treaters. In […]

Recommended reading for Halloween

click clack boo

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. For even more spooky recommended reads, click on the tag Halloween books.   Picture Books Suggested grade level listed with each entry. Click, Clack, Boo! […]

Horn BOO!

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 […]