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Fanfare! 2015

Horn Book FanfareThe Horn Book Magazine’s choices for the best books of 2015. Sign up now to receive the fully annotated list in next week’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book.

Picture Books

It’s Only Stanley written and illustrated by Jon Agee (Dial)

My Bike written and illustrated by Byron Barton (Greenwillow)

Out of the Woods: A True Story of an Unforgettable Event written and illustrated by Rebecca Bond (Ferguson/Farrar)

Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson (Putnam)

Waiting written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow)

Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith (Groundwood)

Written and Drawn by Henrietta written and illustrated by Liniers (TOON)

Float written and illustrated by Daniel Miyares (Simon)

Two Mice written and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier (Clarion)

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich written and illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach (Knopf)

Supertruck written and illustrated by Stephen Savage (Roaring Brook)


The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Dial)

Sunny Side Up written by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, illustrated by Matthew Holm, color by Lark Pien (Graphix/Scholastic)

I Crawl Through It by A.S. King (Little, Brown)

Detective Gordon: The First Case written by Ulf Nilsson, illustrated by Gitte Spee, translated from the Swedish by Julia Marshall (Gecko)

The Nest written by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Simon)

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick)

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon (Candlewick)

Challenger Deep written by Neal Shusterman, illustrated by Brendan Shusterman (HarperTeen)

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead (Lamb/Random)

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (Algonquin)

The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones (Candlewick)


My Seneca Village by Marilyn Nelson (Namelos)


Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans written and illustrated by Don Brown (Houghton)

March: Book Two written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions)

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear written by Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall (Little, Brown)

Breakthrough!: How Three People Saved “Blue Babies” and Changed Medicine Forever by Jim Murphy (Clarion)

Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli (Viking)

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Brook)

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams)

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes (Candlewick)

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Great list! I’m very happy to see Detective Gordon: The First Case on the list. I thought it would be incredibly twee, but I loved it.

  2. Certainly a fabulous list, I love em all.

    But I am particular over the moon for TWO MICE and WAITING.

  3. It has been a while, but my kids and I read Finding Winnie and Funny Bones. We shared some good laughs with Funny Bones. I highly recommend it to ready with your children. A great list of books.

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