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December 2017 Horn Book Herald: Picture Books Edition

Welcome to our all-picture-books-all-the-time edition of The Horn Book Herald! In this issue you'll find five questions for Julia Denos and E. B. Goodale (the team behind Windows, a 2017 Horn Book Fanfare selection); posts from our Calling Caldecott blog; lists of recommended holiday books; ideas for Family Reading; our...
      

December 2017 Picture Books Horn Book Herald: More recommended reading

• Fanfare: The Horn Book's choices for the best books of 2017• 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award winner and honor books• The New York Times Best Illustrated List• "Why the Hell Hasn't Photography Won the Caldecott?!?"• Julie Danielson on running mock Caldecotts• "Calling CaldeNott": Thom Barthelmess on extraordinary...
      

December 2017 Picture Books Horn Book Herald: Calling Caldecott's latest contenders

Begun in 2011, The Horn Book's Calling Caldecott blog asks: What can win? What will win? What should win? Here are some of our favorite recent posts.• Roger Sutton on The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell• Tarie Sabido on...
      

Five questions for Julia Denos and E. B. Goodale

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Julia Denos and E. B. Goodale have been friends and creative collaborators since their days working together at a children's bookstore — where I was lucky to work with them. I've always admired their individual projects, and it was a pleasure to chat with them about their collaboration (and one...
      

Holiday High Notes 2017

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

Recommended Picture Books: Picture Books for Older Readers

Coy, John  Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret GameGr. K–3     32 pp.     CarolrhodaIllustrated by Randy DuBurke. Coy tells the dramatic story of an illegal, secret basketball game in Jim Crow–era North Carolina between the white Duke University Medical School team and the black North Carolina College of Negroes team....
      

Recommended Picture Books: Picture Book Biographies

Barton, Chris  Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of InventionsGr. K–3     40 pp.     CharlesbridgeIllustrated by Don Tate. Barton follows African American inventor Johnson, from his childhood tinkering through winning first place at a 1968 science fair, attending Tuskegee Institute, engineering for NASA, and developing a super-blast water gun. Barton describes Johnson's...
      

Recommended Picture Books: Metafictive Picture Books

Barnett, Mac  How This Book Was Made: Based on a True StoryGr. K–3     48 pp.     Disney/HyperionIllustrated by Adam Rex. Barnett and Rex tongue-in-cheekily describe the process of creating a book. "Ideas can come at funny times," muses Barnett, shown as a cartoon character arm-wrestling a tiger. It only gets wackier...
      

Books mentioned in the December 2016 issue of What Makes a Good…?

What Makes a Good Picture Book?Wordless Picture BooksBecker, Aaron  ReturnGr. K–3     40 pp.     Candlewick     2016ISBN 978-0-7636-7730-5Boyd, Lizi  FlashlightPreschool     40 pp.     Chronicle     2014ISBN 978-1-4521-1894-9Cole, Henry  Spot, the CatGr. K–3     32 pp.     Little Simon     2016ISBN 978-1-4814-4225-1Ebook ISBN 978-1-4814-4226-8Idle, Molly  Flora and the PeacocksPreschool     40 pp.     Chronicle     2016ISBN 978-1-4521-3816-9Lawson,...
      

Recommended Picture Books: Wordless Picture Books

Becker, Aaron  ReturnGr. K–3    40 pp.     CandlewickThis third wordless installment (Journey; Quest) brings the story full circle. The father of the lonely girl with a red crayon follows her into the steampunk-meets-fantasy kingdom to share in the adventure. Becker is at his best creating lush, mysterious landscapes. Return's...

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