Review of Flight 1-2-3

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Flight 1-2-3 by Maria van Lieshout; 
illus. by the author Preschool    Chronicle    40 pp. 4/13    978-1-4521-1662-4    $14.99 A counting book, an airport primer, an introduction to international signage, and a simple travel story — van Lieshout’s book packs a lot into its cleanly designed pages. Each spread features a numeral (from one to ten, then […]

Review of Crankee Doodle

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Crankee Doodle by Tom Angleberger; 
illus. by Cece Bell Primary    Clarion    32 pp. 6/13    978-0-547-81854-2    $16.99    g As concepts for picture books go, it’s hard to think of one cleverer than this absurdist deconstruction of the familiar song. Depicted in spindly lined cartoons, Yankee Doodle and his pony debate their plans for the afternoon. When […]

Picture book father-son reading recommendations

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Celebrate Father’s Day with a good picture book! Here are our recommendations for fathers and their sons — or daughters — to read together. What picture book would you recommend for a father-son read? (See our YA mother-daughter reading list here.) Katie: One of my own fond childhood memories is listening to my dad read […]

BGHB picture book day

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We’re so excited about the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honorees that we wanted to give you more! Here’s Five Questions for Jonathan Bean, the 2013 BGHB Picture Book Award winner for Building Our House, from the January 2013 issue of Notes from the Horn Book. And here’s a question that Horn Book […]

Review of Bear and Bee

Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier

Review of Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier. From the May/June 2013 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Review of Water in the Park

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Water in the Park: A Book About Water & 
the Times of the Day by Emily Jenkins; 
illus. by Stephanie Graegin Primary    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp. 5/13    978-0-375-87002-6    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-375-97002-3    $19.99 On a warm day, just before six a.m., a city park starts to stir: turtles laze on rocks by the pond, […]

Review of The Dark

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

Review of The Dark by Lemony Snicket. From the March/April 2013 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Five Questions for Anna Dewdney

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Llama Llama… author-illustrator and rock star to preschoolers Anna Dewdney will be our special guest at the Fostering Lifelong Learners conference on April 25th, joining in the conversation about making and sharing great books for preschoolers. Here are five questions for her. 1.What did your own children teach you about creating books for preschoolers? My […]

Five Questions for Kitty Flynn

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At our upcoming Fostering Lifelong Learners: Prescribing Books for Early Childhood Education conference, Horn Book Guide Executive Editor Kitty Flynn will be leading a presentation about how the Horn Book evaluates and reviews preschool books. This is one aspect of her work that also engages her off the clock: Kitty and her husband are parents […]

Review of Building Our House

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Building Our House by Jonathan Bean; illus. by the author Primary    Farrar    48 pp. 1/13    978-0-374-38023-6    $17.99    g Drawing on childhood memories from his own family’s house construction (see author’s note), Bean creates an engaging story as well as a glimpse into a warm family setting. A little girl narrates, and her childlike voice provides […]