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Celebrating America's Moon Landing

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of NASA’s Apollo 11, the first space mission to land on the moon. (This Saturday, July 20th will be the anniversary of the actual moon landing and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's moon walk.) CBS, which broadcast the historic event live in...

Fourth of July Picture Books

Fireworks! Flags! Freedom! Get kids jazzed for the Fourth with these celebratory and patriotic picture books.  To view the recommended books on the subject, click here....

Celebrate Juneteenth

Today is Juneteenth, a day of celebration for many African Americans, who commemorate June 19th, 1865, the date slaves in Texas finally learned of their emancipation.  To view the three recommended books on the subject - click here For even more discussion of this day - click here...

Picture Books for World Refugee Day

Help young children honor World Refugee Day with these Guide-recommended picture books.  For more discussion on the topic, visit the Horn Book website....

Summer Reading 2019

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Here are some of our top books for different age ranges, all ideal for the season. For the complete list, download our printable PDF. To read the complete article - click here...

#summervibes

You know we love a good color palette, so we're into the (unintentional but v. appropriate!) beachy aesthetic of this year's Summer Reading list. Click here for our full list of recommendations with annotations and an interview with Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña, then download and print the PDF —...

Game of Thrones read-alikes

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Welp, I dunno about you, but I was Not Happy with the most recent episode of Game of Thrones. And given that it was the penultimate episode — ever — I'm getting pretty nervous about the finale on Sunday.Whether you're sticking out the season and looking for something to help...

R.I.P., Grumpy Cat

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We are sad to hear of the passing of kitty superstar Tardar Sauce, better known as Grumpy Cat. Her perpetually "grumpy" expression (the result of her unique genetics) has brought smiles to so many and reportedly belied a sweet personality. We'll miss you, Grumpy Cat.In her honor, here are some...

2019 Summer Reading Recommendations

What could be better than icy-cold raspados on a hot summer day? Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña’s new picture book My Papi Has a Motorcycle has had us dreaming of shave ice since our Five Questions Summer Reading interview revealed their favorite flavors (limon for Zeke; for Isabel: “Strawberry and...

Summer Reading 2019: Five Questions for Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña

Author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña previously collaborated on 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award–winning graphic novel Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (Getty, 12 years and up). Now, in the summer-perfect picture book My Papi Has a Motorcycle (Kokila/Penguin, 5–8 years; concurrently published in Spanish as Mi papi...

Readers, assemble!

It’s hard to miss the excitement (and spoilers — eek!) about Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, released in theaters on April 26th. This latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe concludes what the company refers to as Phase 3 of the Infinity Saga and wraps up many favorite story lines from the...

Picture books celebrating today's Israel

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Yom Ha'atzmaut, or Israel Independence Day, is being celebrated today. If you automatically picture only kibbutzim and camels when you think of the country, it’s time to think again with the help of this bounty of picture books that share a contemporary, child’s-eye view of the modern Israel. After moving...

Ramadan 2019

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The Islamic month of Ramadan is a solemn holiday of fasting, charity, and additional prayer, culminating in the joyous feasting of Eid al-Fitr. Ramadan began last night at sunset. Ramadan mubarak to those observing!We’d like to call your attention to reading suggestions from our friends at KitaabWorld, who review and...

2019 Summer Reading List

For a handy take-along list of titles, download our printable PDF.Picture BooksSuggested grade level for all entries: PS–2The Little Guys by Vera Brosgol (Roaring Brook)The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke; illus. by Van Thanh Rudd (Candlewick)Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World by Christy Hale (Porter/Roaring Brook)Thank...

2019 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Middle School

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...

2019 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: High School

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...

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...

2019 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Easy Readers and Primary Grades

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...

2019 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Picture Books

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...

Happy International Dance Day!

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January/February 2000 Horn Book Magazine cover: dancer Bill T. Jones photographed by Susan Kuklin.Today is International Dance Day, a day to "to celebrate dance, revel in the universality of this art form, cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers, and bring people together with a common language — dance."We hope...

Earth Day 2019

Today (as every day should be!) is Earth Day, and this year's theme is:  "Protect Our Species."The books below celebrate our precious planet, educate about the crises it faces, and offer age-appropriate models for environmental activism. The list includes both fiction and nonfiction titles for a range of ages, all...

A brand-new sign of springtime

A new entry to our "signs of springtime" checklist: scooters!I spotted this lime-green Lime electric scooter on the Fenway while leaving the office earlier this week. My fiancé and I visited Spain last fall, and these "micro mobility" rentals — think ZipCar with scooters — were all over Madrid. They...

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...

Books for Black Future Month

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This February, as in previous years, we've been commemorating Black History Month by highlighting articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about Black authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field. New additions this year include “'To Be Great, Heroic or Beautiful': The Enduring Legacy...

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...

Veterans Day 2018 reading

Today, Veterans Day, is a good day to share books about veterans, their experiences and sacrifices, and their supportive families and communities on the homefront. These titles, both fiction and nonfiction for a range of reader ages, were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide at...

Bearing witness

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“It is amazing that art could come from such unimaginable atrocity, that writers have found so many different forms — fiction, memoir, poetry, history, even comic strip — to bear witness. These authors have found a form to give voice to the unspeakable.” — Hazel RochmanI was planning to post...

Halloween is happening!

Seven days and counting…You’ve got the costumes (made the costumes? kudos!); you've decorated the house with ghosts and ghouls; and you’ve got the candy (you’ll probably need to restock by next Wednesday night — let’s be real). Now gather some literary treats courtesy of Horn BOO! It's the Horn Book’s...

From The (Ghoulish) Guide: Horn BOO! 2018

In addition to Samurai Scarecrow, The Ghostly Carousel, and two Mary Shelley picture-book biographies reviewed in the September/October 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, here are nine new books our staff thinks are unboolievably right for Halloween reading.Atkinson, Cale  Sir Simon: Super Scarer48 pp.     Tundra     2018  ...

What would RBG, Sonia Sotomayor, and Laurie Halse Anderson do?

The following books focus on women Supreme Court justices and — to borrow the name of a new series, below — some pitfalls of "Being Female in America." Reviews are from the Horn Book Guide Online from the time of the books' publications.Picture BooksHannigan, Kate A Lady Has the Floor:...

August 2018 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: High School

The Poet Xby Elizabeth AcevedoHarperTeen     361 pp3/18     978-0-06-266280-4     $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-266282-8     $9.99Fifteen-year-old Xiomara, a self-described "brown and big and angry" Dominican girl from Harlem, finds peace in writing poetry. The slow-burning suspense of what will transpire when devoutly Catholic Mami discovers Xiomara's clandestine relationship with a classmate is eclipsed only...

August 2018 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Middle School

March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nineby Melba Pattillo Beals; illus. by Frank MorrisonHoughton     214 pp.1/18     978-1-328-88212-7     $16.99As one of the Little Rock Nine, Beals helped integrate Central High School in 1957; here she recounts the childhood years that led up to that important step (described in...

August 2018 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Intermediate

Stella Díaz Has Something to Sayby Angela Dominguez; illus. by the authorRoaring Brook     202 pp.1/18     978-1-62672-858-5     $16.99Shy, artistic third grader Stella Díaz, who emigrated from Mexico to Chicago, is self-conscious about her accent and occasional English blunders. She's also worried about being in a different class than best friend Jenny....

August 2018 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Picture Books

Lena's Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemmaby Keith Calabrese; illus. by Juana MedinaAtheneum     40 pp.7/18     978-1-5344-0894-4     $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-0895-1     $10.99Lena isn't nervous to start kindergarten…but her shoes are. Lena enlists her headband (who is "a good listener") to talk to them, and, with fears assuaged and a bit of reverse...

Recommended reading for Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

The Islamic month of Ramadan, a solemn holiday of fasting, charity, and additional prayer, culminates in the joyous feasting of Eid al-Fitr — which begins tonight at sunset. Eid mubarak to those celebrating!We'd like to call your attention to reading suggestions from our friends at KitaabWorld, who review and recommend...

When life gives you The Lemonade War

What do you do when life (or your second-grade teacher*) gives you Jacqueline Davies’s The Lemonade War? If you don’t have lemonade, you grab an open bottle of grape juice from the fridge and half-empty bag of Goldfish crackers from the cupboard and wait for the customers to line up.To...

Review of Pie Is for Sharing

Pie Is for Sharingby Stephanie Parsley Ledyard; 

illus. by Jason ChinPreschool, Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    32 pp.5/18    978-1-62672-562-1    $17.99This idyllic, joyously inclusive picture book takes an ordinary concept — 
sharing — and makes it extraordinary. A boy and his family bike to a lakeside picnic, bearing several homemade pies. Then the...

2018 Summer Reading Recommendations

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Pie Is for Sharing, as our Five Questions interviewees remind us, and so is this special issue of Notes from the Horn Book, which presents our 2018 Summer Reading list. We’ve selected our top ten suggestions, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, for all age ranges — fifty books in all...

Five questions for Stephanie Parsley Ledyard and Jason Chin

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In Pie Is for Sharing, written by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard and illustrated by Jason Chin (Porter/Roaring Brook, 4–8 years), an inclusive community gathers for a lakeside picnic as a contemplative but child-friendly text muses on the nature of sharing. Detailed illustrations capture the day (which is, as we gradually realize,...

2018 Summer Reading List

For a handy take-along list of titles, download our printable PDF.Picture BooksSuggested grade level for all entries: PS–2Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes; illus. by Gordon C. James (Millner/Bolden/Agate)Windows by Julia Denos; illus. by E. B. Goodale (Candlewick)How Are You? / ¿Cómo estás? by Angela Dominguez...

2018 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: High School

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 2017–2018 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.For a...

2018 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 2017–2018 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.For a...

2018 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Middle School

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 2017–2018 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.For a...

2018 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Picture Books

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 2017–2018 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.For a...

2018 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Easy Readers and Primary Grades

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 2017–2018 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.For a...

Earth Day 2018

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This year's observation of the annual Earth Day takes place on April 22. The campaign focus for Earth Day 2018 is "End Plastic Pollution."The books below celebrate our precious planet, educate about the crises it faces (including plastic pollution), and offer age-appropriate models for environmental activism. The list includes both...

Opening Day 2018

Batter up! Hear that call!The time has come for one and allTo play ball.—Official victory song of the All-American Girls Baseball League,co-written by Lavonne “Pepper” Paire Davis and Nalda “Bird” PhillipsIt’s Opening Day at Fenway Park! (We can once again hear the helicopters from the Horn Book office.) Our Boston...

Recommended reading for Passover

Here's an updated list of Passover books to nibble on when the matzo runs dry. With the exception of board books, these titles were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide at the time of their publication; reviews are reprinted from The Horn Book Guide Online. Please visit the Association...

Recommended reading for Easter

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Easter's almost here! This updated Easter recommended reading list has selections suitable for both secular and religious celebrations of the holiday. These titles were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide at the time of their publication; reviews reprinted from The Horn Book Guide Online.PreschoolDunrea, Olivier  Ollie's Easter Eggs32...

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Year of the Dog! We wish all who are celebrating a new year full of joy and prosperity. We've updated our Lunar New Year reading list with fiction and nonfiction books featuring the holiday for preschool, primary, and intermediate readers. All of the titles below were recommended by The...

Updated Olympics booklist

It’s officially time for the 23rd Olympic Winter Games, which run from February 8–25th in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Who else is excited?!In preparation, I brushed up on my knowledge of South Korea. Did you know that while home to more than fifty million people, the country is seventy percent mountains?...

Reading for Groundhog Day

Six more weeks of winter?! Say it ain't so!Groundhog Day Winter End GIF from Groundhogday GIFsWarm up (and cheer up) with these Groundhog Day–themed books. All of the titles below were recommended for by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide at the time of their publication; reviews...

Books mentioned in the January 2018 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Animal-human relationshipsCastaldo, Nancy F.  Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and FeelMiddle school, high school     152 pp.     Houghton     2017Trade ISBN 978-0-544-63335-3Dutcher, Jim and Dutcher, Jamie  Living with Wolves!: True Stories of Adventures with Animals [National Geographic Kids Chapters series]Gr. K–3     111 pp.     National Geographic     2016Library binding ISBN 978-1-4263-2564-9Paperback ISBN...

Books for Martin Luther King Day 2018

Perhaps now more than ever, Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides an opportunity to reflect not only on the life of the great civil rights leader, but also on how far we've come — and how very far we still have to go.Below is an updated list of recommended books...

Books mentioned in the January 2018 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Julie Danielson of Calling CaldecottSilent Days, Silent Dreams by Allen Say, illus. by the author, Scholastic/Levine, 9–12 years.Windows by Julia Denos, illus. by E. B. Goodale, 4–8 years.Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illus. by Gordon C. James, Agate/Bolden Books/  Millner, 5–7 years.The...

Happy Hanukkah from The Horn Book!

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Hanukkah begins tonight — we hope your holiday is bright and bookish! Last year Rachel Kamin wrote, “Move Over, Shmelf…There Are Other Books on the Shelf.” She wasn’t kidding. If you’re looking for latke literature, there’s no shortage, from board books introducing the basics of Hanukkah to more complex stories....

Horn Book Fanfare 2017

A couple of weeks ago our advertising director Al Berman emailed me with a noodge: “have you guys finished FanFare yet?” Yes, we have, Al, and here it is, and also yes, your creative miscapitalization of Fanfare will live in my steel-trap Scorpio mind forever. But we do hope this...

Books mentioned in the November 2017 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Writing and reportingBodden, Valerie  The Muckrakers: Ida Tarbell Takes on Big Business [Hidden Heroes]Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library      2017Library binding ISBN 978-1-68078-388-9Ebook ISBN 978-1-68079-741-1Giff, Patricia Reilly  Writing with Rosie: You Can Write a Story TooGr. 4–6     69 pp.     Holiday     2016Trade ISBN 978-0-8234-3656-9Macy, Sue  Miss Mary Reporting:...

Books mentioned in the November 2017 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Malinda LoA Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo, Dutton, 14 years and up.With friends like these...Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart, Random House, 14 years and up.13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough, Flatiron, 14 years and up.When I Am Through with You by Stephanie Kuehn, Dutton, 14 years...

Board Book Roundup: Baby Horn Boo! 2017 Edition

This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, published seasonally. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine."What do birds say on Halloween?" "Trick or TWEET!" Here are some...

Halloween treats

The Halloween countdown is on. As certain people in my house wait not-so-patiently for the witching hour on October 31, we've been working our way through our pile of favorite spooky picture books and are looking forward to checking out some new ones from the library.Happily, the ghosts and ghouls...

From The (Ghoulish) Guide: Horn BOO! 2017

  In addition to Boo Who? and Creepy Pair of Underwear, reviewed in the September/October 2017 issue, here are nine new picture books our staff thinks are unboolievably right for Halloween reading.Clickard, Carrie  Magic for Sale32 pp.     Holiday     2017     ISBN 978-0-8234-3559-3e-book ISBN 978-0-8234-3910-2K–3  Illustrated by John Shelley. In a story...

Books mentioned in the October 2017 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Harvest and agricultureEliot, Hannah  Carrots Like Peas: And Other Fun FactsIllustrated by Aaron SpurgeonGr. K–3     32 pp.     Little Simon     2015Trade ISBN 978-1-4814-3541-3Paperback ISBN 978-1-4814-3540-6Ebook ISBN 978-1-4814-3542-0Food Matters seriesFelix, Rebecca  Eating EthicallyGr. 4–6, middle school      48 pp.     ABDO/Core Library     2015Library binding ISBN 978-1-62403-861-7Laine, Carolee  Food Safety BasicsGr. 4–6, middle school      48...

Books mentioned in the October 2017 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Deborah NoyesThe Magician and the Spirits: Harry Houdini and the Curious Pastime of Communicating with the Dead by Deborah Noyes, Viking, 11–14 years.Supernaturally good scaresPoe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds, Candlewick, 11–14 years.The Wrong Train by Jeremy de Quidt, illus. by Dave...

Updated booklist for Indigenous Peoples Day

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It's Indigenous Peoples Day! We urge you — today and all year — to seek out and share books respectfully representing and honoring the multitude of indigenous North American peoples and cultures. For an extensive resource by both a cultural insider and a children's literature scholar, please visit Debbie Reese's...

Books mentioned in the September 2017 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Children around the worldDiaz, Natalia and Owens, Melissa  A Ticket Around the WorldIllustrated by Kim SmithGr. K–3     32 pp.     Owlkids     2015Trade ISBN 978-1-77147-051-3Lamothe, Matt  This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the WorldGr. K–3     48 pp.     Chronicle     2017Trade ISBN 978-1-4521-5018-5Lonely Planet...

Picture books for the first day of fall

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Happy first day of fall! Heat up some cider or cocoa, snuggle in, and share these autumnal picture books for a perfect celebration of the season. All of the titles below were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide at the time of their publication; reviews...

Books mentioned in the September 2017 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five Questions for Anne QuirkThe Good Fight: The Feuds of the Founding Fathers (And How They Shaped the Nation) by Anne Quirk, illus. by Elizabeth Baddeley, Knopf, 10–14 years.This Is Our Constitution: Discover America with a Gold Star Father by Khizr Khan, Knopf, 10–14 years.Of scientists and samuraiSamurai Rising: The...

March on Washington anniversary reading

Today marks the fifty-fourth anniversary of the March on Washington and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King's historic "I Have a Dream" speech. To celebrate, we've pulled together inspiring fiction and nonfiction books about the march, the speech, the great man himself, and some of his fellow civil rights heroes.The following books...

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: High School

Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos (Holt)This biography begins with the D-Day landing, then flashes back and follows Capa and Taro through the development of photojournalism, including their documentation of the Spanish Civil War. Carefully selected...

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Middle School

The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life by Kwame AlexanderAlexander turns motivational speaker in this collection organized like a basketball game, with four quarters and rules. Alexander's narrative of his early life in sports weaves its way through a lively display of colorful...

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Primary and Intermediate

Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood (Tegen/HarperCollins)"Magical maiden" Chantel's biggest challenge in her education to become a proper and correct sorceress is "deportment." And when Miss Ellicott and the other sorceresses disappear, the school runs out of food, and the manageress assigned by the city patriarchs...

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Picture Books

Magnets Push, Magnets Pull by David A. Adler; illus. by Anna Raff (Holiday)This informative, interactive exploration of magnets and magnetism encourages readers to track down materials and investigate on their own. Each physics concept is carefully explained at just the right level and anchored in visible phenomena. Adler addresses common...

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Recommended Reading

Picture Books (click through for reviews)Magnets Push, Magnets Pull by David A. Adler, illus. by Anna Raff, HolidayLucía the Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza, illus. by Alyssa Bermudez, Pow!The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain, illus. by Yuval Zommer, QuartoThis Is How We Do It: One Day in the...

Books mentioned in the August 2017 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Mitali PerkinsYou Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins, Farrar, 12–16 years.Family tiesLittle & Lion by Brandy Colbert, Little, 14 years and up.Juniper Lemon’s Guide to Happiness by Julie Israel, Penguin/Dawson, 14 years and up.The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertali, HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, 14 years and...

On Jean C. George's "Summer and Children and Birds and Animals and Flowers and Trees and Bees and Books" (from 1959)

Rose-breasted grosbeak by John James AudubonThat's Jean Craighead George, folks.This article, originally published in the June 1959 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, is very much like its leisurely, evocative title: "Summer and Children and Birds and Animals and Flowers and Trees and Bees and Books." Beginning with a tender...

Our butterfly project

In July, the world is in bloom. Midsummer fields are speckled with wildflowers and abuzz with insects and birds enjoying the sweet nectar. Eager to celebrate this bounty of color and sound, my kids and I ordered a butterfly kit to hatch Painted Lady butterflies. (Our kit came from Insect...

Rain, rain, go away

Tut-tut, it looks like rain! It's a grey, wet week in Boston. The rain does make a nice break from the heat — but it can also result in stir-crazy kids. These books for preschool and primary children will help brighten up a rainy day.The following books were recommended by...

Books mentioned in the July 2017 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Kate and M. Sarah KliseStay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List by Kate Klise, illus. by M. Sarah Klise, Feiwel, 5–8 years.Summer's hereIce Boy by David Ezra Stein, Candlewick, 4–7 years.Wet by Carey Sookocheff, Holt/Godwin, 3–6 years.Another Way to Climb a Tree by Liz Garton Scanlon,...

Recommended books and articles for Pride Month

Throughout the month of June, we’ve been celebrating Pride Month by highlighting Horn Book articles on queer lives, experiences, and literature. Some brand-new additions to our LGBTQIA+ content from previous years: Pride Month 2017 On Kathleen T. Horning’s “On Spies and Purple Socks and Such” One year later Love stories...

Caribbean American Heritage Month 2017

June is Caribbean American Heritage Month, which celebrates "the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States."Summer Edward, founder and editor in chief of Caribbean children's literature magazine Anansesem, was kind enough to direct us to her recommendations of recent or forthcoming kids'...

Share your summer reading lists

With schools finished for the season, most have posted summer reading lists. Back in my school days, I remember two kinds of lists: the ones with required reading (classics to be read before grade 9) and the much-preferred lists of books we were encouraged to read just for fun.At the...

These boots are made for walking...into mucky water

What kid doesn’t love wading in mucky water and scooping up slimy eggs stuck to cattail reeds and rotting sticks? Oh, it's just mine? Well, we live in Maine and exploring local ponds is a great excuse to get outside in June — after waiting all winter for the opportunity....

Books mentioned in the June 2017 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Susan JubyThe Truth Commission by Susan Juby, Viking, 14 years and up.The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby, Viking, 14 years and up.Love stories with PrideHistory Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, Soho Teen, 14 years and up.Pointe, Claw by Amber J. Keyser, Carolrhoda Lab, 14...

Confessions of a (Failed) Battle of the Books Coach

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Dear Reader,I have a confession to make: I am a failed Battle of the Books coach. And I am in need of your help.It started out with good intentions, as many things do.In the empty days that follow the end of the school year, when our minds and sleeping schedules...

Labor and labor movements booklist

In honor of May Day, we kicked off the month with #HBMayDay17, a week of labor movement–inspired featured reviews: Picture Book: Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel; illus. by Melissa Sweet Fiction: Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words by Margarita Engle Nonfiction: Taking...

Reading for Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

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The Islamic month of Ramadan, a solemn holiday of fasting from dawn to sunset, charity, and additional prayer, is about to begin. Ramadan ends with the joyous feasting of the Eid al-Fitr celebration. These books for young readers — all recommended at the time of their publication by The Horn...

"Eff inappropriate"

(But you all know he didn't say "eff.") This (early) morning Roger was the guest speaker at Coffee and Conversation at the Cambridgeport School Library. The topic was Summer Reading, and most of you know Roger's feelings on the subject: let 'em read what they want. "Reading has to be...

Books mentioned in the May 2017 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

LaborBrown, Monica  Side by Side / Lado a lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and César Chavéz / La historia de Dolores Huerta y César ChávezIllustrated by Joe Cepeda; translated by Carolina ValenciaGr. K–3     32 pp.      HarperCollins/Rayo      2010Trade ISBN 978-0-06-122781-3Farrell, Mary Cronk  Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman's Courage in the...

Big little world

Roger's post this morning about cozy mysteries reminded me that I spent my Sunday devouring Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies. I loved the recent HBO miniseries starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley, and the book is just as thoroughly enjoyable. My boyfriend asked me which I liked better,...

Unrequired Reading

Just back from the semi-annual meeting of Boston's Literacy Summit, where we got a first glimpse of what the Boston Public Library and the Boston Public Schools have planned for summer reading. There's no need to dwell on my misbehavior during the opening ice-breaker; I'll just say that I'm the...

2017 Summer Reading Recommendations

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"Summer readin' / had me a blast…" By now you should know that The Horn Book's philosophy regarding summer reading is just do it, but the it is wide open to interpretation. Summer reading should not be a way to trick kids into doing school. Sure, reading can be learning...

Five questions for Juana Medina

Photo: Silvia BaptisteJuana Medina's 2017 Pura Belpré Award–winning Juana & Lucas (Candlewick, 5–8 years) introduces new readers to a new set of friends, a Colombian girl named Juana (just like the author) and her perro, Lucas. Eleven brief and breezy chapters, copiously illustrated with cheery ink and watercolor pictures, tell...

2017 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Picture Books

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 2016–2017 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.For a...

2017 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Easy Readers and Primary Grades

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 2016–2017 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.For a...

2017 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 2016–2017 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.For a...

2017 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Middle School

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 2016–2017 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.For a...

2017 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: High School

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 2016–2017 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.For a...

2017 Summer Reading List

For a handy take-along list of titles, download our printable PDF.Picture BooksSuggested grade level for all entries: PS–2Life on Mars written and illus. by Jon Agee (Dial)Rescue Squad No. 9 written and illus. by Mike Austin (Random House)Jabari Jumps written and illus. by Gaia Cornwall (Candlewick)Chirri & Chirra written and...

Cinco de Mayo 2017

It's Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate with this updated list of books starring the holiday itself, Mexican and Mexican American protagonists, and the Spanish language. All were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide at the time of their publication; reviews are reprinted from The Horn Book Guide Online. Grade...
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