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Archives for November 2017

Horn Book Fanfare 2017

And here is Fanfare, the Horn Book’s list of the best books of the year for children and teens. The list, complete with annotations for the choices, will be published in Notes from the Horn Book, coming to your inbox (subscribe here; it’s free) next Wednesday. Picture Books Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut […]

Holiday High Notes 2017

We have a little section of books this time of year. They’re new (and some reissued), and filled with winter cheer. Nutcracked by Susan Adrian Intermediate    Random    234 pp. 9/17    978-0-399-55668-5    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-399-55669-2     $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-399-55670-8    $10.99 During each rehearsal for her role as Clara in The Nutcracker, Georgie finds herself — […]

Review of Grandma’s Tiny House: A Counting Story!

Grandma’s Tiny House: A Counting Story! by JaNay Brown-Wood; illus. by Priscilla Burris Preschool    Charlesbridge    32 pp. 8/17    978-1-58089-712-9    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-60734-868-9    $9.99 No matter how big Grandma’s extended family grows, she always finds room for relatives and friends. The young, brown-skinned narrator describes in (generally) metered verse a gathering at Grandma’s house. The […]

R.I.P. Blanche

I was sad to hear from former Horn Book president Duncan Todd today that Blanche Egersheim, a stalwart of the Thomas Todd Company and the Horn Book for fifty years, died earlier this month at the age of ninety-eight. Blanche was, as then-publisher Anne Quirk wrote upon Blanche’s retirement in 2006, “the Horn Book’s bookkeeper, human […]

Martí’s Song for Freedom

When I was a kid, my father installed two gold-painted busts of famous Cubans in our front yard. One was of Antonio Maceo, the Afro-Cuban general who was a leader in the island’s struggle for independence from Spain. The other was of José Martí. Friends would sometimes ask, seeing the head of Martí (the larger […]

Kate Milford Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by In Kate Milford’s Ghosts of Greenglass House, Christmas comes again to Greenglass House, that mysterious, isolated…perfectly delightful inn filled with history and mystery. In this sequel to Greenglass House, old […]

Review of Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song

Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song by Kathryn Erskine; illus. by Charly Palmer Primary, Intermediate    Farrar    48 pp. 10/17    978-0-374-30301-3    $18.99 The effects of colonialism on the continent of Africa are pernicious and vile; in every country the consequences continue to be real and raw, among them those from apartheid, the […]

Field Notes: Lucha Libros: Bilingual Battle of the Books

On May 3, 2017, fifty-six second- and third-graders and their parents gathered in the Pasadena Public Library’s Donald R. Wright Auditorium for the final battle of our third annual Lucha Libros reading competition. That month’s selection was Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox / El Superzorro. As I looked around the room and felt the excitement […]

From The Guide: Chapter Book Mirrors

In her “Field Notes” column “Lucha Libros: Bilingual Battle of the Books,” AnnMarie Hurtado says, “Lucha Libros started in response to the growing body of research on the importance of bolstering kids’ reading skills by third grade, and from hearing so many parents (especially non-English-speaking parents) tell me how hard it was to motivate their […]

Love at First Read: Spotting the Moment When My Children Fell For Books

When my oldest son first fell in love, I recognized the symptoms instantly. He lost his appetite, couldn’t sleep, and spent hours in his room with a daydream-y glimmer in his eyes. It wasn’t a person he’d fallen for, though; it was a book. At age five, he’d always been enthusiastic about books, but up […]