YA love stories for Valentine’s Day

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Looking to get swept away or to think about love’s deeper meaning? Lighthearted or serious, set in the U.S. or Iran, these four books will leave older YAs breathless for love. For more recommendations, see “What Makes a Good YA Love Story?” from the May/June 2013 Horn Book Magazine. When high school senior Hayley Kincain […]

Fascinating animal facts

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Learning about animals from an early age helps children understand their own relationship with the larger world. The following four books present fascinating facts and figures about extinct, endangered, and/or just extremely interesting animals. Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore’s 2014 Sibert Award–winning Parrots over Puerto Rico is a gorgeously illustrated history of the critically […]

Books for Black History Month

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For Black History Month, we’ve put together a list of both recommended nonfiction books about important people and events and engaging fiction titles starring African American protagonists. Here’s a sampling of those new books to enjoy and share. In his autobiographical graphic novel March: Book One (cowritten by Andrew Aydin), Congressman John Lewis — the […]

I can do it myself!

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Preschool is all about gaining independence, and preschoolers aren’t afraid to let you know it. The protagonists of these new picture books test boundaries, learn big-kid tasks, and even begin to help others — all familiar experiences for preschoolers acquiring agency. The ten little rabbit siblings from Anita Lobel’s 10 Hungry Rabbits are back in […]

January Notes

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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?

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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 […]