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

Picture Books Building Our House by Jonathan Bean, Farrar, 5–8 years. Journey by Aaron Becker, Candlewick, 5–8 years. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown, Little, Brown, 3–7 years. Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? written by Eve Bunting, illus. by Sergio Ruzzier, Clarion, 3–7 years. Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle, Chronicle, […]

Remembering Nelson Mandela

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Former South African president and revolutionary Nelson Mandela passed away last week. Honor his memory by reading (and sharing) these recommended books about Mandela, his anti-apartheid activism, and his political career. At the start of his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom (abridged by Christ van Wyk), Mandela’s gentle voice recollects a near idyllic childhood. Ensuing […]

Holiday High Notes 2013

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O come, all ye faithful Horn Book readers… behold our annual selection of new holiday books, with reviews written by the Horn Book staff. Little Santa by Jon Agee; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Dial     40 pp. 10/13     978-0-8037-3906-2     $17.99     g It’s easy to distinguish Santa from his parents and six siblings (Larry, Mary, […]

Thanksgiving reading

Balloons Over Broadway

There’s a lot to be grateful for on Thanksgiving: delicious food, relaxation, the Macy’s Day Parade, even football. Above all, we give thanks for time spent with loved ones. The books below (published in the last several years and recommended by The Horn Book Magazine) touch on all of these Thanksgiving-worthy themes. What are some […]

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

World religions Ali-Karamali, Sumbul Growing Up Muslim: Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Islam High school     214 pp.     Delacorte     2012 Trade ISBN 978-0-385-74095-1 Library binding ISBN 978-0-375-98977-3 Baggini, Julian Really, Really Big Questions About God, Faith, and Religion Illustrated by Nishant Choksi Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Kingfisher/Macmillan (Macmillan)     2011 Trade ISBN 978-0-7534-6678-0 Our World of […]

Veterans’ Day reading

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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!

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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 […]