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Horn Book Fanfare 2018

Below is Fanfare, a list of the books that the Horn Book editors and reviewers have selected as the best of the year. The complete list with annotations will be published in the December issue of Notes from the Horn Book and in the January/February issue of the Horn Book Magazine. Happy reading!

Picture Books

Hello Lighthouse; written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall; Little, Brown

The Patchwork Bike; written by Maxine Beneba Clarke, illustrated by Van Thanh Rudd; Candlewick

I Really Want to See You, Grandma; written and illustrated by Taro Gomi; Chronicle

A Parade of Elephants; written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes; Greenwillow

Pie Is for Sharing; written by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard, illustrated by Jason Chin; Porter/Roaring Brook

A Big Mooncake for Little Star; written and illustrated by Grace Lin; Little, Brown

Julián Is a Mermaid; written and illustrated by Jessica Love; Candlewick

Dreamers; written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales; Porter/Holiday

The Field; written by Baptiste Paul, illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara; NorthSouth

The Party and Other Stories [Fox + Chick]; written and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier; Chronicle

Dear Substitute; written by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Chris Raschka; Disney-Hyperion

Blue; written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger; Porter/Roaring Brook

They Say Blue; written and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki; Abrams


The Poet X; written by Elizabeth Acevedo; HarperTeen

Rebound; written by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile; Houghton

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge; written by M. T. Anderson, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin; Candlewick

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster; written by Jonathan Auxier; Amulet/Abrams

Be Prepared; written and illustrated by Vera Brosgol; color by Alec Longstreth; First Second/Roaring Brook

Finding Langston; written by Lesa Cline-Ransome; Holiday

The Journey of Little Charlie; written by Christopher Paul Curtis; Scholastic

Louisiana’s Way Home; written by Kate DiCamillo; Candlewick

The Parker Inheritance; written by Varian Johnson; Levine/Scholastic

The Season of Styx Malone; written by Kekla Magoon; Lamb/Random

Love to Everyone; written by Hilary McKay; McElderry

Merci Suárez Changes Gears; written by Meg Medina; Candlewick

The Book of Boy; written by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, illustrated by Ian Schoenherr; Greenwillow

The Prince and the Dressmaker; written and illustrated by Jen Wang; First Second/Roaring Brook


The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees; written and illustrated by Don Brown; Houghton

Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World; written and illustrated by Christy Hale; Porter/Roaring Brook

Hey, Kiddo; written and illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka; Graphix/Scholastic

Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam; written by Elizabeth Partridge; Viking

Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide; written by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña; Getty

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. A fantastic list of course. Love all the picture books choices. Yeah I’d add The House That Once Was, Ocean Meets Sky, Imagine, Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse, We Are Grateful, The Stuff of Stars, Run Wild, Night Train Night Train, Nothing Stopped Sophie and Thank You Omi (and a few others) but literally every person who looks here will have their own additions and/or subtractions. The point is it is as good as any 2018 list from anywhere. I haven’t seen Dear Substitute so much do so pronto.


    Oh, the choice of The Patckwork Bike, an Australian gem is inspired! And Hey Kiddo! is quite the masterpiece!

  2. Chelsea Adams says:

    There is a really great children’s book that should have been considered for a Horn Book prize called “The Adventure of Thomas the Turtle”. The story is delightful.

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