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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 […]

Happy Year of the Monkey!

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We’re a day late (blame atrocious Boston weather) but we’re wishing a happy Year of the Monkey to all who celebrate Lunar New Year! Eat some dumplings and share a book from this list of titles featuring the holiday, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide. Picture books Set in […]

Review of Here Comes Valentine Cat

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Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood; 
illus. by Claudia Rueda Preschool   Dial   88 pp. 12/16   978-0-525-42915-9   $16.99   g Valentine’s Day has its haters, and Cat (Here Comes the Easter Cat, rev. 3/14, and sequels) is one of them. Cat can’t think of anyone to grace with a Valentine, and new neighbor Dog doesn’t seem […]

2015 in review

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Happy New Year! We hope your year is full of great reads. Before we ring in 2016, though, let’s take a look back at 2015 — we had a very busy year! BGHB 2015 Fanfare 2015 ALA 2015 coverage Remembering Marcia Brown, Dorothy Butler, George Nicholson, Mal Peet, Sir Terry Pratchett, and Vera B. Williams […]

Christmas books for little ones

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Need a last-minute stocking stuffer? Just hoping for something to occupy kids (or wear them out) while waiting for Santa to show tonight? Here are some cute choices for sharing with little ones. Author Christianne Jones and illustrator Emma Randall’s board book Santa Shimmy (Picture Window, August 2015) stars a Bink-lookalike demonstrating the “Santa shimmy”: […]

How the Grinch stole the show

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Every classroom teacher has a special tradition that gets pulled out each holiday season. In devising my own tradition, I fell back on what I know: Dr. Seuss. I spent my senior year of college becoming a Seuss-ologist (a term coined by my now-fiancé) while working on a research project that explored the language use […]