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Books mentioned in the January 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Immigration Freedman, Russell  Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain Chinese poems translated by Evans Chan. Gr. 4–6     81 pp.     Clarion     2014 Trade ISBN 978-0-547-90378-1 Harrison, Geoffrey C. and Scott, Thomas F.  New Americans Gr. 4–6     48 pp.   Norwood   2013 Library binding ISBN 978-1-59953-591-3 Nazario, Sonia  Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to […]

Books for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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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 is an updated list of recommended books about Dr. King’s life and legacy (all reviewed and recommended […]

Books mentioned in the January 2016 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Barbara McClintock Adèle & Simon by Barbara McClintock, Farrar, 4–7 years. Where’s Mommy?, written by Beverly Donofrio, Schwartz & Wade, 4–7 years. Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock, Scholastic, 4–7 years. Get a move on On the Ball by Brian Pinkney, Disney-Hyperion, 3–6 years. Tiptoe Tapirs by Hanmin Kim, Holiday, […]

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

Picture Books It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee, Dial, Preschool, Primary. My Bike by Byron Barton, Greenwillow, Preschool. Out of the Woods: A True Story of an Unforgettable Event by Rebecca Bond, Farrar/Ferguson, Primary. Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson, Putnam, Primary. Waiting by Kevin Henkes, […]

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; […]