Holiday High Notes

Home for Christmas

May your days be merry and bright…and may you enjoy our selection of new holiday books, with reviews written by the Horn Book staff.

Lunacy

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Mother Goose waddled to the window. Ah, there was the moon, perfect and round, its light streaming into bedrooms everywhere. She sighed.Mother Goose was upset. How could parents say that…word, that awful word, to their children? How could they use it in front of innocent little darlings almost fast asleep? Their drowsy eyes. Well-washed hands […]

Why Books? — The Zena Sutherland Lecture

Mo Willems

It is an honor to have been asked to talk about books while they still exist. (Spoiler alert: next year’s Sutherland lecturer will be a downloadable app.)

And that, my friends, is the key to my current two-word existential dilemma: “Why books?”

In the past it was enough to say that if you get a book into a kid’s hands, you’re creating a “lifelong reader.” But why does that matter? Do we really want “lifelong readers”? Shouldn’t they at least get to take occasional bathroom breaks? Why is this extraneous question here in the middle of these other ones? And, what does reading do that makes it so special?

Giving Thanks

Animals In Translation

From the first day, George proved himself possessed of two utterly disarming traits: an insatiable intellectual curiosity and a love for Italian leather shoes that bordered on the fanatical, even for a fox terrier. I had found a soul mate. This said, after he most deliberately—and ironically—devoured a pair of Ferragamo kitten heels, decisive action […]

Starred reviews, November/December Horn Book Magazine

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The following books will receive starred reviews in the November/December issue of The Horn Book Magazine:   The Money We’ll Save; by Brock Cole (Ferguson/Farrar) Subway Story; by Julia Sarcone-Roach (Knopf) Benjamin Bear in “Fuzzy Thinking”; by Philippe Coudray; trans. from the French by Leigh Stein; illus. by the author (Toon/Candlewick) No Ordinary Day; by […]