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Horn BOO! 2020

Are you going on a (virtual) book hunt this Halloween? Our annual roundup has you covered, whether your treat of choice is spooky squids, not-so-spooky spiders, or anything in between. The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo! by Elaine Bickell; illus. by Raymond McGrath Preschool    Philomel    32 pp.    g 8/20   ...
      

Borderlands: Reading as Theater

In the introduction to Worlds of Childhood: The Art and Craft of Writing for Children (1990), William Zinsser wrote, “This gift — to get good language into the ear of children at a very early age — is what children’s literature has in its power to bestow…to write well it...
      

Horn BOO! 2019

Welcome to our annual roundup of (not-always) scary seasonal stories, where you'll find, mostly, more pumpkins and puns than poltergeists. Happy Halloween! Mr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party by Erin Barker; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Blue Manatee   32 pp.    g 9/19    978-1-936669-77-6    $17.99  Handsome china dishes and raised pinkies accentuate a fancy...
      

2019 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Intermediate

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Here are our top ten books for different age ranges — including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry — all published 2018–2019 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.For a...
      

Picture-book biographies of pioneering women 2019

March is Women’s History Month, but we believe women's history and empowerment are important topics to talk about with kids all year long. (And at every age — check out this onesie I was stoked to find for a friend's baby!) The following recent picture-book biographies of amazing women can...
      

2019 CaldeNotts

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I love following along here at Calling Caldecott, reading posts and comments from extraordinarily astute and observant picture book evaluators and measuring the books in question according to their insights, whether or not they line up with mine. Indeed, perhaps the most gratifying function of a blog like this, for...
      

Horn Book Fanfare 2018

Here is Fanfare, the Horn Book’s annual list of the books we really loved the most. I wish I could tell you there was some more objective criteria, but there isn’t: these are the books the Horn Book editors, in consultation with our reviewers, are happiest to have read. They...
      

January/February starred reviews

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illustration from Good Boy by Sergio Ruzzier.The following books will receive starred reviews in the January/February 2019 issue of the Horn Book Magazine. Also in the January issue will be the annotated list of Fanfare 2018.Found; by Jeff Newman; illustrated by Larry Day (Simon).The Bell Rang; written and illustrated by James E....
      

Review of Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

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Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monsterby Jonathan AuxierIntermediate    Amulet/Abrams    358 pp.9/18    978-1-4197-3140-2    $18.99As a “climbing girl” in Victorian London, forced up into dangerous, narrow chimneys to sweep out the soot for her abusive master, Wilkie Crudd, Nan Sparrow leads a miserable life. But she has precious memories...
      

The 2018 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books list

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Did you all see on Friday the 2018 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books list? I've said this before, but the announcement of this award, along with the return to hot cocoa and turning the clocks back an hour, is one of my favorite things about...

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