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!

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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

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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. 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 […]

Time to get our lists in order

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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 […]