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Holiday shopping

weatherford_freedom in congo squareSo you’ve read Roger’s holiday classic, “What Makes a Good Gift Book? Step Aside!” (If you haven’t, hop to it!) But what if you live far away from the young gift recipient, and there’s not much opportunity to arrange an in-person bookstore outing? The Horn Book’s got you covered.

Head to your own local independent bookstore with our gift to you: Horn Book Fanfare, the editors’ list of the year’s best books for all ages. Work with your bookseller to select titles that, while perhaps not what a child would choose on her own, will open her up to new experiences or build on current interests.

newman_hanukkah-delightThere’s also Holiday High Notes, the Magazine‘s round-up of the best seasonal books. The list includes some new Hanukkah books to supplement Rachel Kamin’s excellent suggestions in her post: “Move Over, Shmelf…There Are Other Books on the Shelf” and recent Christmas titles to read along with Megan Lambert’s favorites from her 2011 article, “O Christmas Books!

Finally, from the Horn Book’s Out of the Box blog: “Making a difference booklist.” This list features both fiction and nonfiction books for all age levels; the titles celebrate social justice and the work for lasting change. “Many specifically highlight what children can do to contribute this work, helping empower them to fight the good fight.”




About Kitty Flynn

Kitty Flynn is consulting editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

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