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2016 in review

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Happy New Year! We hope your year is full of great reads and good friends. Before we ring in 2017, though, let’s take a look back at 2016 — we had a very busy year! BGHB 2016 coverage Fanfare 2016 ALA 2016 coverage Remembering children’s lit Great Ladies Lois Duncan, Anna Dewdney, and Natalie Babbitt; […]

Happy holidays from The Horn Book!

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I dusted off the old party-planning hat for The Horn Book’s holiday celebration last week — the first outing since my return to the HB in October. This year’s outing was a hybrid lunch/field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts. There was delicious food (and wine!) at the MFA’s snazzy restaurant Bravo, good conversation, […]

Review of The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily

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The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan High School    Knopf    217 pp. 10/16    978-0-399-55380-6    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-399-55381-3    $20.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-399-55382-0    $10.99 It’s been a year since the two teens met and fell in love in New York City (Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, rev. 1/11), […]

Ho, ho, LEGO

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It’s my favorite time of year: time for the LEGOs to come out at my house. Well, let’s be honest, some of them are out all year. But I did just add the new holiday train set to my collection to run under my Christmas tree and, boy, do I love it. It’s a long-standing […]

Review of A Hanukkah with Mazel

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A Hanukkah with Mazel by Joel Edward Stein; illus. by Elisa Vavouri Primary    Kar-Ben    32 pp. 9/16    978-1-4677-8171-8    $17.99 Paper ed.  978-1-4677-8176-3    $7.99    g e-book ed.  978-1-5124-0936-9    $6.99 Artist Misha doesn’t have much, but he has enough milk to share with the cat he finds in his barn, whom he names Mazel (“luck”). He can’t […]

Holiday High Notes 2016

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’Tis the season…to read and enjoy our annual selection of new (and reissued) holiday books. Fly Guy’s Ninja Christmas by Tedd Arnold; illus. by the author Primary    Cartwheel/Scholastic    32 pp. 10/16    978-0-545-66277-2    $6.99    g On Christmas Eve, Buzz and his pet fly read a book about ninjas. Then Buzz explains Christmas to Fly Guy: “Santa […]

On Roger Sutton’s “What Makes a Good Gift Book? Step Aside!” (from November 2006)

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With The Holidaze upon us once again, the pressure is on; as book people, our go-to gifts are books, but selecting the right book for the right child can still be daunting, even for those of us who work with children’s books. Ten years ago, the Horn Book’s own Roger Sutton weighed in on “What […]

Feeling thankful

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It’s almost Thanksgiving — one of my favorite holidays, and not just for the obvious, delicious reasons. I like noticing what’s good. I like the calendar-sanctioned excuse to be sappy. And even when life isn’t perfect, there are still things to be thankful for. Here are a few of mine: Horn Book staff, I’m thankful […]

Cinco de Mayo reading

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It’s Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate with this updated list of books starring the holiday itself, Mexican and Mexican American protagonists, and the Spanish language — all recommended at the time of publication by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide. (For more recommended Spanish-language and bilingual books, click here.) Picture books In Alma […]

Erin go bragh!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with nonfiction about Ireland and its history, fiction starring Irish and Irish American protagonists, and a little bit of pure blarney, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine.   Picture books In Eve Bunting’s Ballywhinney Girl, Maeve’s grandpa unearths a mummy — common in Ireland, where (a note says) scores […]