Notes from the Horn Book

From the Editor — November 2015


People are already fighting about Starbucks’s holiday cups, there were Christmas tree ornaments on sale at CVS this morning, and The Horn Book is pulling together Fanfare, our list of the best books of the year. While I see that Publishers Weekly has already published its list of bests (which is really rushing the season, […]

Books mentioned in the November 2015 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Tim Wynne-Jones The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones, Candlewick, 14 years and up. Boys to remember All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, Atheneum/Dlouhy, 14 years and up. Calvin by Martine Leavitt, Ferguson/Farrar, 14 years and up. Show and Prove by Sofia Quintero, Knopf, 14 years and up. Orbiting […]

October’s Notes from the Horn BoooOOOOoook

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The October issue of Notes from the Horn Book is here! This month (just in time for El Día de los Muertos!) we’ve got 5Q for Duncan Tonatiuh on Funny Bones, plus (just in time for Halloween): picture book tricks and treats books on mixed-up magic for intermediate readers creepy middle-grade fantasy YA horror short […]

From the Editor — October 2015


I want to thank the Horn Book, Simmons College, and Boston Globe staff who worked so hard to make this year’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Transformations” a big success. You can see a photo album of the events on our website, and look forward to the January/February 2016 issue […]

Books mentioned in the October 2015 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Duncan Tonatiuh Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh, Abrams, 6–9 years. Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh, Abrams, 6–9 years. Tricks and treats I Used to Be Afraid by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Roaring Brook/Porter, 3–6 […]

September’s Notes


September’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter is arriving in subscribers’ inboxes right…about…now. This month’s 5Q features Eric Carle discussing his newest book The Nonsense Show, how he maintains a childlike sense of humor, and the upcoming Carle Honors. You’ll also find: more silly picture books picture-book bios of trailblazers animal fantasy for intermediate readers […]

From the Editor – September 2015


I’m happy to be attending the tenth anniversary Carle Honors, which this year honor the contributions to picture books by artist Helen Oxenbury, editor Neal Porter, the Cotsen Library at Princeton, and intellectual freedom advocate Joan Bertin. These recipients are matched in worthiness by the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art itself, founded in […]

Books mentioned in the September 2015 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Eric Carle The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle, Philomel, 2–5 years. Stuff and nonsense Playful Pigs from A to Z by Anita Lobel, Knopf, 3–6 years. Two Mice by Sergio Ruzzier, Clarion, 3–6 years. Finders Keepers by Keiko Kasza, Putnam, 2–5 years. Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage, Scholastic, 2–5 years. Where’s Walrus? […]

Oh look, another newsletter


Look for The Horn Book’s new quarterly newsletter, WHAT MAKES A GOOD…? debuting on August 26th with “What Makes Good Narrative Nonfiction?” The issue features Five Questions for Steve Sheinkin, an essay about how to select NNF by the Junior Library Guild’s Deborah Brittain Ford, and brief reviews of our choices for the best narrative nonfiction published for kids […]

From the Editor – August 2015

I’m happy to announce that Susan Cooper will be keynoting “Transformations,” the 2015 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, to be held at Simmons College on October 3rd, following the presentation of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards the evening before. Susan, who won the BGHB Fiction Award in 1973 for The Dark Is Rising (and wrote […]