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Horn Book Fanfare 2017

A couple of weeks ago our advertising director Al Berman emailed me with a noodge: “have you guys finished FanFare yet?” Yes, we have, Al, and here it is, and also yes, your creative miscapitalization of Fanfare will live in my steel-trap Scorpio mind forever. But we do hope this list of the Horn Book’s […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2016

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. Here you’ll find picture books about a grouchy grandma, a school that’s nervous about its first day, and two written in alien languages. You can read nonfiction […]

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 […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2014

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 […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2013

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

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 | current 2015 […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2011

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

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 […]