‘Tis the season…

french_broken harbor

…to get in some leisure reading! Here’s what we’ll be reading during our lazy vacation days and holiday travel. Katie: I have long flights to California and back. My preferred plane reading is adult mystery and horror, so I’m hoping to pick up Tana French’s Broken Harbor (the fourth book in her Dublin Murder Squad […]

Merry Bookmakwanzaakkah

Miniature Classic Novels Book Necklace Charm: Garth Nix's Sabriel by JaDaJewelry

I know we’re in full holiday swing, but there’s still 1) time to think about bookish gifts to give your bookish loved ones and 2) time to hint about bookish gifts you’d like to receive yourself. Really, bookish gifts are great any time of year! I suspect I have successfully browbeaten my aunt into getting […]

Books mentioned in the October 2014 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Julie Berry All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry, Viking, 14 years and up. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry, Roaring Brook, 11–14 years. Eerie places Nine Open Arms by Benny Lindelauf, trans. by John Nieuwenhuizen, Enchanted Lion, 9–12 years. Greenglass House by Kate Milford, illus. by […]

Blowing the shofar for fine books for boys and girls

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I’ve been reading a lot of Jewish-themed books lately (thank you, Sydney Taylor Book Award committee ). I just finished Donna Jo Napoli’s very-alternate Noah’s Ark novel Storm about a teenage stowaway who’s saved by two bonobos. Strange and lovely. To celebrate Rosh Hashanah, here are some recent picture books. Lesléa Newman’s beautiful Here Is […]

A tisket, a tasket, books for Easter baskets

Little White Rabbit

Spring hasn’t fully sprung quite yet in Boston — we got snow overnight earlier this week! But with Easter this weekend, we know it’s coming (eventually). Here are four springy board books to tuck into a little one’s Easter basket. The titular bunny of Kevin Henkes’s Little White Rabbit has limitless curiosity and imagination to […]

Dayenu!

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Pour the wine (or grape juice) and chop the nuts and apples. Here are some new books for Passover. (And here are two more.)   Preschool Two Shalom Sesame series entries, written by Tilda Balsley and Ellen Fischer and illustrated by Tom Leigh, follow Sesame Street characters in Israel as they learn about doing good […]

Pass the matzo!

Dayenu! A Favorite Passover Song

Oh, wait; that’s not unleavened bread, it’s a board book. In Dayenu: A Favorite Passover Song (Scholastic, February), Miriam Latimer illustrates everyone’s favorite Passover ditty. Instead of tongue-twisting Hebrew lyrics (fifteen verses worth!), the condensed text is twelve pages of cheerful, toddler-friendly gratitude, mostly in English: “When the Jews came out of Egypt, / That […]

Share the love

Sunday Love

All you need is love — but it’s also nice to have a good book to share with your loved one! Snuggle up with your little Valentine(s) and these lovable picture books recommended by The Horn Book Magazine. In Sunday Love, written and illustrated by Alison Paul, sound effects and red, black, and white illustrations […]

‘Tis the season to pig out

pretzel

One of our printers sent me a package today and it turned out to be much nicer than the usual bribe — er, holiday gift. I’m used to getting something generic and relatively useless, but this printer (Fry Communications) knows the way to our hearts: food! In the box (and now Out of the Box) […]

O Christmas Books!

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I was the type of kid who lingered in stairwells trying to overhear adult conversation and who sneaked downstairs to catch my babysitter making out with her boyfriend. As a six-year-old, I blew Santa’s cover after noticing that “his” handwriting on gift labels was just like my dad’s. My mother was aghast to learn I’d told […]