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!

adler_passover

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!

ChildsChristmasHyman

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 […]

Hanukkah Reading

The books recommended below were published within the last several years. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.

Holiday High Notes

Home for Christmas

May your days be merry and bright…and may you enjoy our selection of new holiday books, with reviews written by the Horn Book staff.

A Halloween treat

how to draw a happy witch

Halloween is coming, which means it’s time to learn How to Draw a Happy Witch and 99 Things That Go Bump in the Night (Sterling, September). In Joy Sikorski and Nick Sunday’s second book about Little Man the cat (How to Draw a Sailing Cat) readers can follow the adventures of Little Man as he […]

Be my Valentine, Neil Gaiman.

Neil Gaiman, love of my literary life, has posted a free mp3 of his story “Harlequin Valentine” on his blog. You may want to listen before overindulging in Valentine’s chocolate, though, as the story brings new meaning to the phrase “eat your heart out.”