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Five questions for Jon Agee


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

charlie brown christmas tree

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!”

Charlie Brown Christmas App

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


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