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2013 Summer Reading from The Horn Book

The Horn Book Summer Reading Recommendations

We’re super-psyched to present our annual Summer Reading List, complete with free downloadable PDF sampler. These new books, published 2012-2013, have been hand-selected for kids of all ages, from preschoolers to teenagers. There’s (more than one) something for everyone! So hop on a hammock, sprawl on a beach — and don’t forget to bring a […]

Summer Reading Recommendations 2013


Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? We’ve hand-picked some new favorites, all published 2012–2013, that are ideal for the season. Download a free PDF perfect for sharing with teachers, parents, and of course, kids. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. Picture Books (Fiction […]

What’s on YOUR summer reading list?


Lolly has designed a beautiful PDF of our annual summer reading list–please download and distribute as you will. I hasten to add that this is the good kind of s.r.l., one designed for pleasure reading, not to Improve you. I’m currently shuttling between (among?) Anna Karenina, William Langewiesche’s The Outlaw Sea, and Gillian Flynn’s Gone […]

From the Editor – July 2012


The YA book boom seems to be continuing with no sign of abating, and I continue to be in awe of the Horn Book editors and reviewers who patiently (okay, maybe not always patiently — see this one trend Katie and Elissa spotted) go through them to tell you about the best. Here is some […]

Books mentioned in the July 2012 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

5 Questions for Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas written by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm, illus. by Molly Bang, Blue Sky/Scholastic, 5–8 years. Under-the-sea reading for kids In the Sea written by David Elliott, illus. by Holly Meade, Candlewick, 3–6 years. Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems written […]

Beach reads for teens

37 Things I Love

With friendship drama, summer flings, exotic locales, and even suspense, these novels offer teen readers of all tastes compelling summertime diversions. Kekla Magoon’s 37 Things I Love (in no particular order) takes place during the last few days of sophomore year before summer vacation begins for Ellis. Along with typical high school issues—friends, dating, etc.—Ellis […]

Great escapes (some quite literal!) for middle-grade summer reading

Tracing Stars

Tracking an escaped lobster; hiding a dead aunt; investigating a murder; and planning a “stay-cation.” The following four books present some unusual—to say the least—summertime escapades. In Erin E. Moulton’s Tracing Stars, what begins as a typical last day of school for fifth-grader Indie Lee Chickory ends with a high-speed chase through her sleepy coastal […]

Summer fun for little ones

Summer Days and Nights

Warm weather and long days create the perfect conditions for one of summer’s greatest pleasures: playing outside. Three new picture books and one early reader offer fun-filled adventures in the great outdoors, from the everyday to the out-of-the-ordinary. The action-figure hero of Traction Man Is Here!, along with his sidekick Scrubbing Brush, hits the beach […]

Under-the-sea reading for kids


Taking a trip to the beach this summer? These poetry and nonfiction picture books work swimmingly to teach children about ocean life. David Elliott and Holly Meade’s In the Sea combines poetry and art to create memorable portraits of twenty different ocean creatures, including an octopus, golden starfish, moray eel, and blue whale. The tone […]

Beach towel reads

The Disenchantments

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp?  Our annual summer reading list is full of our favorites from the last year—perfect for the long Memorial Day weekend coming up. (Road trip? We’ve got audiobook recommendations too!) What books are you saving for your poolside lounging this summer? Let us know […]