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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 […]

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 […]

Recommended holiday reading

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmakwanzukkah around here: Cindy and Martha have put up a Charlie Brown Christmas–sized tree by the Mag office and we’ve just posted our annual Holiday High Notes list. For even more holiday books, see last year’s Holiday High Notes. Additional Hanukkah-specific reading is here and here. Megan Lambert […]

Holiday High Notes 2012

Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama

Deck the halls, spin the dreidels…
and enjoy our annual selection of new holiday books, 
with reviews written by the Horn Book staff. Daddy Christmas & 
Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Knopf    32 pp. 9/12    978-0-375-86093-5    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-375-96093-2    $19.99 Sadie, happily ensconced in two cultures, describes her family’s […]

“Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!”

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If you’re looking for a great holiday app download to keep kids (or adults) occupied and happy this holiday season, look no further. The now-classic animated holiday TV special (1965) A Charlie Brown Christmas is available in a new format. Loud Crow Interactive has released a delightful iPad app (November 2011) of the story of […]

Books to read around the menorah

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We recommend some recent Hanukkah books to help you celebrate the Festival of Lights.