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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 […]

Summer Reading Recommendations 2012


Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? We’ve hand-picked some new favorites, all published within the last year, that are ideal for the season. Download a free PDF version of the list, perfect for sharing with teachers, parents, and of course, kids.   Picture books (Fiction and Nonfiction) Suggested grade level […]

Summer reading

should i share my ice cream

To help usher in warmer weather — which has finally arrived in the northeast — here are two new books by veteran author-illustrators: Geisel Medal–winner Mo Willems’s Should I Share My Ice Cream? and, for older readers, Postcards from Camp by Simms Taback, recipient of the 2000 Caldecott Medal. Elephant Gerald has a delicious moral […]

>Summer reading

>We’ve posted our suggestions for summer reading–strictly recreational–so dig in. For the grownups, I’m recommending Michael Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White, an orgy of Victoriana with a bracing touch of postmodernism and what I think (I’m only a few hours into the forty-something houred audio edition) is going to be a lot of […]

>Conference swag

>Along with my five-question interrogations of seven prize winning authors and illustrators, the Horn Book booth (#2960) will be featuring giveaways of two new posters, one of Jerry Pinkney’s cover for our special Awards issue (which itself will be available Monday) and the other of Dean Schneider and Robin Smith’s sequel to their classic “Unlucky […]

>What’s on your summer reading list?

>Here’s ours.  I’m getting a jump on the season with War and Remembrance, just perfect for a lazy rainy afternoon sitting on the porch of the old Cape Cod cottage I do not possess. In cleaning out the basement this weekend, I also found my forty-year-old copy of Nicholas and Alexandra, which I devoured one […]

Summer reading

Claire has a big list and it’s all about fun. Let’s hope not too much compulsory reading gets in its way.

>This sounds like fun

>My old friend Brian Alderson and Books for Keeps editor Rosemary Stones are going to be conducting a five day course about Philip Pullman in France this June. If that is not enough, listen to this from the course brochure: “Le Verger is a beautifully renovated complex of farm buildings in a small village in […]

>And listen to ME (and Martha and Kitty)

>. . . as we talk about some of our favorite new summer reads for kids. A list of the books we discuss on the podcast can be found here.