January Notes

jan 14 notes

The first Notes issue of the new year is here! We asked eight people-in-the-know what they think (or just desperately hope) might win the Newbery and Caldecott Medals. Also in this issue: • around the world in four new picture books • reread-worthy easy readers • nonfiction about scientists and their work • YA novels […]

From the Editor – January 2014

Roger Sutton

The Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott and School Library Journal’s Heavy Medal are busily winding up their coverage of the 2013 Caldecott and Newbery contenders, easily the most-discussed book prizes in the country: take a bow, ALSC! If they are at all like me, those bloggers are also nervously worrying about completely missing the mark, that […]

Scientists in the field (and at home)

rusch_electrical wizard

From Australia’s Shark Bay to Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands to turn-of-the-twentieth-century New York, these new titles show scientists in their natural habitats. Nikola Tesla — visionary, inventor, electrical engineer — is often overshadowed in textbooks by scientists such as Edison and Marconi. In Elizabeth Rusch’s Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World, the only […]

Easy, breezy easy readers

archer_big bad wolf

Skiing squirrels, robot pals, lovebird mammals, and story-time creatures in (not too much) peril. These new books for the youngest readers are ones that kids will be able to — and, perhaps more importantly, will want to — read. New readers are in for a treat with the Urgency Emergency! series by Dosh Archer. Big […]

All the world’s children

dominguez_maria had a little llama

Looking for picture books that embrace diversity? The following stories present kids from a variety of backgrounds enjoying time with their friends, their family members…and their pet llamas. Maria and her llama smile out at us from the cover of Angela Dominguez’s bilingual picture book set in the Peruvian Alps, Maria Had a Little Llama […]

How do we love our Fanfare list?

dec 2013 notes fanfare

Let us tell you all the ways in our special Fanfare-only edition of Notes, in which Horn Book staff members rave about what makes our thirty favorite books of the year so wonderful. It’s heading to subscribers’ inboxes now. Read the issue online or subscribe to receive the monthly Notes from the Horn Book newsletter […]

From the Editor – November 2013

Roger Sutton

I guess it’s time to start buying presents! Some years ago, I opined in the Horn Book Magazine that the best kind of book to give came in the form of a gift certificate, but then-publisher Anne Quirk accused me of wimping out. So all right then: just from the above, I’d recommend Little Santa […]

Books for the whole family

fortunately the milk

Holiday gatherings offer excellent opportunities to read together as a family. These middle-grade books make engaging read-alouds to share while you drowse by the fire. In Neil Gaiman’s Fortunately, the Milk, a father goes out for milk for his children’s cereal. After being abducted by aliens, escaping from pirates, traveling in a hot-air balloon with […]

Boys to men

coaltown jesus

Being a teenage boy can be tough. Things change, insecurities reign supreme. These new YA novels all feature male protagonists dealing, in their own ways, with life’s big stuff. When fourteen-year-old Walker offers up a prayer (“Look…if you’re up there, help / my mom, okay? My brother’s been dead / two whole months, and she’s […]

If the weather outside is frightful

big snow

During the holiday season, sometimes you want to romp around outside, sometimes you want to snuggle in with a good book. These four picture books let readers stay warm while vicariously experiencing wintertime bliss. It’s mid-December. Mom is preparing for houseguests, and David is waiting for the first big snow of the season. At naptime, […]