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From the Editor: June 2019

We are thrilled — yes, thrilled — to announce the (re)launch of The Horn Book Guide, begun in 1990 as a semiannual print publication. It's been through a few iterations (anyone remember the CD-ROMs?) and we are happy to give its latest a home here. Please go over and poke...

A new Horn Book Guide

Welcome to the new Horn Book Guide! Current subscribers to the Guide, whether print, digital, or database, should this morning be receiving instructions for logging in; for those who are not (yet? Please, God) go over and poke around. The two new features I like best are the ability of...

"Informational children's books" FTW

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Jeopardy! fans know that record-smashing contestant James Holzhauer's secret is reading "informational children's books." Perhaps James — or wannabe Jameses — might benefit from a subscription to The Horn Book Guide. Or maybe he should sign up for Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book; our latest issue featured "Collective biographies...

May the 4th, 2018

For a Star Wars fan, it’s a great time to work in children’s book reviewing. Look at this recent wealth of riches in the office! Now if only Rey would send us the sacred Jedi texts…Over at the Horn Book Guide, we just finished our Spring 2018 issue (available in...

Review of Life

Rylant, Cynthia Life48 pp. Simon/Beach Lane 2017. ISBN 978-1-4814-5162-8 Ebook ISBN 978-1-4814-5163-5(3) K–3 Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel. A reverie on life — its mutability, joys, and challenges — leads to a conclusion of hope: "There is always a new road to take." The poetic (if slightly bromidic) text is given...

Review of Blue Sky White Stars

Naberhaus, Sarvinder Blue Sky White Stars32 pp. Dial 2017. ISBN 978-0-8037-3700-6(3) K–3 Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Spare, powerful prose presents the American flag and the American landscape and people in parallel: "Sew together one nation / So together one nation." Evocative paintings portray the natural scenery as well as images...

Review of The Book of Mistakes

Luyken, Corinna The Book of Mistakes56 pp. Dial 2017. ISBN 978-0-7352-2792-7(3) K–3 "It started / with one mistake": a drawing of a girl's head has mismatched eyes. "But the glasses — they were a good idea": the eyes are now masked by glasses. The pattern of mistakes followed by cover-ups...

Review of The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Pinkney, Jerry The Three Billy Goats Gruff40 pp. Little 2017. ISBN 978-0-316-34157-8(3) K–3 Pinkney's retelling of the classic folktale allows a happier ending for the troll — he is still defeated by the biggest billy goat Gruff but lives to watch the goats reveling in the good life (and possibly,...

Home run!

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You've now reached the limit of what I know about football.Over at SLJ, Kiera Parrott makes a thorough case against reading levels. I wish I'd had her on hand when we were visiting the children last month. The grandpas had sent eight-year-old Miles some books a few weeks before, mainly Magic...
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