All a-Twitter

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Happy Valentine’s Day! What would characters of children’s and YA lit tweet to each other to show their affection? We’ve got some ideas! See if you can guess who’s tweeting to whom — and feel free to add your own sweet kidlit tweets in the comments.   @brightestwitch: @boywholived Wish I still had my time-turner […]

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, […]

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving app review

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Loud Crow Interactive adds to its line-up of Peanuts holiday apps with the 40th-anniversary release of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (November 2013), based on the classic 1973 animated TV special. Charlie Brown and his sister Sally plan to spend Thanksgiving at their grandmother’s house — but then Peppermint Patty invites herself, Marcie, and Franklin over […]

Review of Giving Thanks

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Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving edited by Katherine Paterson; illus. by Pamela Dalton All Ages     Handprint/Chronicle     56 pp. 10/13     978-1-4521-1339-5     $18.99 Paterson divides this collection of brief prayers, poems, and meditations into thanks for food, life, spirit, and community. Her selection is catholic and spans the centuries, from the […]

Recommended Hanukkah picture books

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Hanukkah is here! These picture books, all published in the last several years and recommended by The Horn Book Magazine, will get you in a festive mood for the Festival of Lights. In Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama, Sadie describes her family’s December holiday traditions. Daddy Christmas makes latkes for Santa while Hanukkah Mama hangs […]

Thanksgiving reading

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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 […]

Review of Little Santa

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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, Willy, Millie, Joey, Zoe). They’re all much older, and depressed as only Agee grownups can be; Santa’s the happy little one in the brick-red […]

Review of If Snow Falls

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If Snow Falls: A Story for December by Jon Agee; illus. by the author Primary     Pantheon     36 pp. 1982     0-394-85520-5     $5.95 Library ed. ISBN 0-394-95520-X     $6.99 Calling to mind the individual frames of a film, small richly colored paintings progress sequentially in concert with the lulling rhythm of a brief text. The first page shows […]

Five questions for Jon Agee

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Jon Agee has made a great career from picture books about anti-heroes (Nothing, Hyperion, 3–7 years; Terrific, di Capua/Hyperion, 3–7 years) and oddballs (The Other Side of Town, di Capua/Scholastic, 3–7 years), but here’s one about a true children’s champion: Santa Claus. And, despite the fact that its premise — where did Santa come from? […]

From the Editor – November 2013

Roger Sutton

I guess it’s time to start buying presents! Some years ago, I opined in the Horn Book Magazine that the best kind of book to give came in the form of a gift certificate, but then-publisher Anne Quirk accused me of wimping out. So all right then: just from the above, I’d recommend Little Santa […]