Horn Book Fanfare 2014

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Although we didn’t plan it this way, this year’s Fanfare, the Horn Book’s list of the best books for children and teens published in 2014, has something for just about everyone. From a picture book about a bus driver to another about a haunted dog to a historical novel about Baba Yaga to a contemporary […]

Books mentioned in the December 2014 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Picture books Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassen, Candlewick, 5–8 years. My Bus written and illus. by Byron Barton, Greenwillow, 2–4 years. The Baby Tree written and illus. by Sophie Blackall, Penguin/Paulsen, 3–7 years. Draw! written and illus. by Raúl Colón, Simon/Wiseman, 5–8 years. Gaston written by Kelly […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2013

Horn Book Fanfare

Please see below our annual Fanfare list, the Horn Book’s choices for the best books published for children and teens in 2013. We compile the list via an ongoing discussion among ourselves and with our reviewers, winnowing down the several hundred books the Horn Book Magazine highly recommended through the year to a relatively modest […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2012

Horn Book Fanfare - the best books of 2012

Each November, the editors and reviewers of the Horn Book Magazine go back through the five-hundred-some books reviewed that year to make a list of the very best. There is no set number of titles nor quotas for genre or reading level; while we believe that there is an audience for each book named to […]

Horn Book Fanfare 1938 to present

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. Here is a searchable page listing all Fanfare titles back to 1938.  Jump to 1940 | 1950 | 1960 | 1970 | 1980 | 1990 | 2000 | 2010 2013 List with […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2011

Horn Book Fanfare

Welcome to Fanfare, the Horn Book’s selection for the best books published for children and teens in 2011. Publishing trends being what they are, the editors make no attempt to provide a balanced list (where’s the folklore?), but you will find the thirty choices fairly evenly divided among picture books, fiction, and nonfiction. Do note […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2010

Horn Book Fanfare

Best books of 2010 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. Picture Books Mirror written and illustrated by Jeannie Baker (Candlewick) A strikingly innovative design allows two wordless stories to be viewed simultaneously; each follows a boy and his […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2009

Best books of 2009 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. Picture Books Birds written by Kevin Henkes and illustrated by Laura Dronzek (Greenwillow) A young girl muses on birds, their colors and sizes, their movements and mysteries. Henkes’s […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2008

Best books of 2008 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. Picture Books The Pencil written by Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by Bruce Ingman (Candlewick) A hardworking pencil and his paintbrush partner bring into being a whole world, populated […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2007

Best books of 2007 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. Picture Books At Night written and illustrated by Jonathan Bean (Farrar) Simple but rhapsodic sentences accompany a restless little girl up onto the roof of her city brownstone, […]