From The Guide: Sports Books

diamond in the desert

Summer is the season for recreational reading, outdoor activities, fun, sports, and, this year, the Summer Olympics. In The Horn Book Guide, there’s never a shortage of sports-themed books, from high-interest bait for reluctant readers to entertaining diversions for voracious ones. The following sports-books-done-right for upper-elementary and middle-grade readers are all recommended in recent or […]

From the Guide: Mythology

dark of the moon

Sirens may be the new vampires. In the spring 2012 Guide issue, there are no fewer than five books about sirens (and another four about mermaids). In any event, Greek mythology seems to be having its own resurgence, hot on the wingéd heels of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson books. The following titles, all recommended by […]

What’s in the box?

Horn Book Guide cover, Spring 2012

Reviews of 2159 children’s hardcover titles published between July and December 2011, that’s what. The spring 2012 issue of The Horn Book Guide is out and ready for you. Subscribe online or email: hbmcustserv@cdsfulfillment.com call: 877 523 6072  (outside the U.S. 515-242-0297) fax: 712 733 1277 You can also find these reviews, plus over 85,000 more […]

Only the best for The New Yorker

Kalman New Yorker cover March 2012

…and for The Horn Book Guide! Maira Kalman, whose art from Why We Broke Up graces our new Spring Guide, also just illustrated her thirteenth New Yorker cover.      Check out these Fuse #8 and Seven Impossible Things posts for Betsy Bird’s and Jules Danielson’s intriguing explorations of the connections between children’s illustrators and The New […]

From the Guide: Titanic

explore titanic

The Titanic is one of those perennially popular topics; a quick keyword search in the Guide Online brings up eighty-four records (and counting). The following books, commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the tragedy — April 15, 1912 — are fine examples of Titanic lore. —Elissa Gershowitz Managing Editor, The Horn Book Guide     Chrisp, […]

From The Guide: Paranormal Romance

nightshade

Dying for some paranormal romance? These swoon-worthy YA stories of supernatural love, all recommended by The Horn Book Guide, are sure to melt hearts and raise spirits. —Elissa Gershowitz Managing Editor, The Horn Book Guide Cremer, Andrea Nightshade 454 pp. Philomel 2010. ISBN 978-0-399-25482-6 YA Werewolf Calla defies her pack by saving human Shay from […]

From the Guide: More Good Space Books

13 planets

Danielle J. Ford writes about “What Makes a Good Space Book?” in this issue. For more recommended space books, see the reviews below, compiled from The Horn Book Guide and The Horn Book Guide Online. For information about subscribing to the Guide and the Guide Online, please visit www.hbook.com/subscriber-info.   Aguilar, David A. 13 Planets: […]

From the Guide: Batchelder Award Winners

time of miracles

The following reviews of recent Batchelder Award winners and honor books are from The Horn Book Guide and The Horn Book Guide Online. For information about subscribing to the Guide and the Guide Online, please visit www.hbook.com/subscriber-info. Bondoux, Anne-Laure A Time of Miracles 181 pp. Delacorte 2010. ISBN 978-0-385-73922-1 Library binding ISBN 978-0-385-90777-4 YA Translated […]

From the Guide: 2011 Award Winners

moon over manifest

The following reviews are from The Horn Book Guide and The Horn Book Guide Online. For information about subscribing to the Guide and the Guide Online, please visit www.hbook.com/subscriber-info. Newbery Medal Winner and Honor Books Vanderpool, Clare Moon Over Manifest 253 pp. Delacorte 2010. ISBN 978-0-385-73883-5 LE ISBN 978-0-385-90750-7 Gr. 4–6 It’s 1936 and Abilene’s […]

From the Guide: More Mockingbird

in search of mockingbird

The following reviews are from The Horn Book Guide and The Horn Book Guide Online. For information about subscribing to the Guide and the Guide Online, please visit www.hbook.com/subscriber-info. Ellsworth, Loretta In Search of Mockingbird 183 pp. Holt 2007. ISBN 978-0-8050-7236-5 YA Motivated by her late mother’s diary, aspiring writer Erin spontaneously buys a bus […]