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Publishers’ Previews

  Welcome to The Horn Book Magazine’s Publishers’ Previews, a special advertising supplement that appears in The Horn Book Magazine and allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. The Horn Book has been asking Five Questions of authors...

Happy Father's Day 2019 from Family Reading

Happy Father's Day (on Sunday) to those who celebrate! Here are some articles, books, and links to make Dad (and Pop and Papi and Granddad and all others of any gender who hold that place in a child's life) feel loved and appreciated."Picture Books for Father's Day." From our brand-new-and-improved...

Review of The Truth Commission

The Truth Commissionby Susan JubyHigh School    Viking    310 pp.4/15    978-0-451-46877-2    $18.99     gPresented as narrator Normandy Pale’s spring creative nonfiction project, the story recounts the excavation of truth — and its unanticipated after-effects — by three students at a super-artsy Vancouver Island high school. Norm and her two best friends, Neil...

Reviews of 2016 Mind the Gap Award winners

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. Our annual Mind the Gap Awards pay tribute to our favorite books that didn’t win. Here's how we reviewed our 2016 winners. The Bear Ate Your Sandwichby Julia Sarcone-Roach; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary   Knopf   40 pp.1/15   978-0-375-85860-4   $16.99   ge-book ed. 978-0-307-98242-1  ...

Potty booklist

The gold standardAnd don't forget to suggest names for our upcoming parent-themed blog!The Saddest Toilet in the Worldby Sam Apple; illus. by Sam RicksPreschool Aladdin/Simon 32 pp.6/16 978-1-4814-5122-2 $17.99e-book ed. 978-1-4814-5123-9 $10.99Potty training is serious business for all involved, but what of the unsung toilet? Does anyone consider its feelings?...

Reviews of the 2016 CSK Illustrator Award winners

Winner:Trombone Shortyby Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews; illus. by Bryan CollierPrimary   Abrams   40 pp.4/15   978-1-4197-1465-8   $17.95In New Orleans parlance, “Where y’at?” means “hello.” As an opening greeting (repeated three times, creating a jazzy beat), it also signals the beginning of this conversational and personable 
autobiography. Andrews, a.k.a. Trombone Shorty, concentrates on...

Reviews of the 2016 CSK Author Award winners

Winner:Gone Crazy in Alabamaby Rita Williams-GarciaIntermediate, Middle School   Amistad/HarperCollins   291 pp.4/15   978-0-06-221587-1   $16.99Library ed. 978-0-06-221588-8   $17.89   ge-book ed. 978-0-06-221590-1   $9.99Williams-Garcia says goodbye to the Gaither family (One Crazy Summer, rev. 3/10; P. S. Be Eleven, rev. 5/13) in this involving and emotional concluding installment. It’s been a year since Delphine,...

Reviews of the 2016 Newbery Award winners

Winner: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña; illus. by Christian RobinsonPrimary     Putnam     32 pp.1/15     978-0-399-25774-2     $16.99CJ, a young black boy, has a flurry of questions for his grandmother one rainy day: “How come we gotta wait for the bus in all this wet?” “How come we...

Reviews of the 2016 Caldecott Award winners

Winner: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the 
World’s Most Famous Bearby Lindsay Mattick; 
illus. by Sophie BlackallPrimary   Little, Brown   56 pp.10/15   978-0-316-32490-8   $18.00   gA little boy named Cole curls in the crook of his mother’s arm and asks for a story; she spins him two. The first one tells...

Fiction Reviews of 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

 Fiction WinnerCartwheeling in Thunderstormsby Katherine RundellMiddle School   Simon   248 pp.8/14   978-1-4424-9061-1   $16.99e-book ed. 978-1-4424-9063-5   $10.99Will (short for Wilhelmina), the only daughter of William Silver, white foreman of the Two Tree Hill Farm in Zimbabwe, leads a “wildcat” life with her Shona best friend Simon, filled with good rich mud, lemons...

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