Chris Raschka on When Lions Roar

Chris Raschka

In the September/October 2013 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer K. T. Horning asked Chris Raschka about illustrating scary emotional situations in When Lions Roar. Read the review here. K. T. Horning: For many young children, a roaring parent is even scarier than a roaring lion. How did you approach the challenge of depicting “When daddies yell!” […]

From the Guide: Slightly Spooky Middle-Grade Tales


It’s time for trick-or-treating, costuming-wearing, and embracing all things eerie. In “Horn BOO!” the Horn Book staff recommends spooky (or kooky) offerings, mostly picture books, for celebrating Halloween. The following books about ghosts, hauntings, monsters, and more will all appear in the forthcoming fall 2013 Horn Book Guide. These novels are lightly creepy, gently macabre, […]

November/December starred reviews, Horn Book Magazine

The following books will receive starred reviews in the November/December 2013 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Little Santa; written and illustrated by Jon Agee (Dial) Mr. Tiger Goes Wild; written and illustrated by Peter Brown (Little, Brown) The Tiny King; written and illustrated by Taro Miura (Candlewick) All the Truth That’s in Me; by Julie Berry (Viking) Coaltown Jesus; by Ron Koertge (Candlewick) […]

Molly Idle on Flora and the Flamingo

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In the July/August 2013 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Elissa Gershowitz asked Flora and the Flamingo author/illustrator Molly Idle where Flora gets her groove. Read the starred review here. Elissa Gershowitz: Is there music in your head to accompany the story? (I hear the Sugar Plum Fairy song.) Molly Idle: I love Tchaikovsky’s music — and […]

Sign in Print

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It’s 1995, and we’re standing on the sidewalk having a conversation. One of us is a six-year-old, and the other is her mother. We’re speaking in a language that’s not English, but this is Princeton, New Jersey, after all: French, Italian, Serbian, Arabic, Hebrew,  Mandarin, Hindustani…The Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University draw all […]

September/October Horn Book Magazine Starred Reviews

The following books will receive starred reviews in the September/October issue of the Horn Book Magazine.   Xander’s Panda Party; by Linda Sue Park; illus. by Matt Phelan (Clarion) Mr. Wuffles!; by David Wiesner (Clarion) OCD Love Story; by Corey Ann Haydu (Simon Pulse) The Year of Billy Miller; by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow) The Big Wet Balloon; by Liniers (Toon/Candlewick) Counting by 7s; by Holly […]

From the Guide: Historical Fiction for Teens

jepp who defied the stars

Good historical fiction engages readers with different times, places, people, and cultures while still resonating today. In young adult books, this means raising issues that are universal for teens of any generation: overcoming social expectations, coming of age amidst struggle, and understanding one’s identity and place in the world. Here are some recent YA novels […]

2013 ALA Round-Up

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Suffering from ALA withdrawal? (Or maybe envy?) The Horn Book is here to help — we’ve got plenty of coverage of this year’s events. For even more, check out the July/August 2013 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Profile of Caldecott Award winner Jon Klassen by his friend and collaborator Mac Barnett. Caldecott 2013: “The […]

Kirkpatrick Hill on Bo at Ballard Creek

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In the May/June 2013 Horn Book Magazine, Roger Sutton asked Kirkpatrick Hill about her protagonist’s two papas in Bo at Ballard Creek. Read the starred review here. Roger Sutton: So, are they or aren’t they? Kirkpatrick Hill: Such partnerships were so ubiquitous when I was a kid that nothing could have been more natural to […]

Editorial: Common Core Ready?


As with previous educational missions (whole language, multiculturalism) and mandates (No Child Left Behind), the Common Core State Standards are causing a host of interested parties to each consider what its particular piece of the puzzle — 
and the pie — will be. Parents want to know what the CCSS will do for their children; […]