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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   ...

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...

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  ...

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...

Book or Treat!

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I hand out books every Halloween. I fill a table in my foyer with books from all genres and for all age levels. As each group of trick-or-treaters comes to my door, I offer books in addition to a bowl of candy. I’ve learn many lessons after years of “Book...

Horn BOO! 2016

Not sure what to read on Halloween? Never fear! 
We’ve got you covered with picture books about ghosts, bats, and…trucks?Boo! Haikuby Deanna Caswell; illus. by Bob SheaPreschool    Abrams Appleseed    24 pp.8/16    978-1-4197-2118-2    $12.95Caswell and Shea return to the format of their earlier book, Guess Who, Haiku, and make it spooky...

Board Book Roundup: Fall 2015 Edition: Halloween

This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. 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.Halloween ABCby Sarah Albee; illus....

Horn BOO! 2015

Don't be frightened. The ten (not-so) terrifying tales reviewed by the Horn Book staff in our annual Halloween roundup are only make-believe. (Wait, what's that behind you?)Carl's Halloweenby Alexandra Day; illus. by the authorPreschool   Ferguson/Farrar   32 pp.8/15   978-0-374-31082-0   $14.99When Mom blithely announces that she's going over to Grandma's for a...

Baby Horn BOO! 2014

In "Horn BOO!" we recommend our favorite new Halloween titles for big(ger) kids; here are some new festive board books for the littlest trick-or-treaters. For more Halloween board books, check out last year's "Baby Horn BOO!" — and for more great board books to share all year round, see our...

Horn BOO! 2014

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Something wicked this way comes with our annual 
selection of “spooktacular” new books for Halloween,
 with reviews written by the Horn Book staff.Ready, Steady, Ghost!by Elizabeth Baguley, 
illus. by Marion LindsayPreschool, Primary    Disney-Hyperion    32 pp.8/14    978-1-4231-8039-5    $16.99    gLeave castle-haunting to the bigger ghosts; little ghost Gilbert longs to 
find “a...

Baby Horn BOO! 2013

We've recommended lots of Halloween-y picture books, easy readers, chapter books, and YA novels in the last few weeks (see "From the Guide: Slightly Spooky Middle-Grade Tales," our updated recommended Halloween reading list, and "Horn BOO!"). But what about the board-book crowd? Here are four recent silly and sweet choices...

Horn BOO! 2013

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Trick or treat! Enjoy our inaugural selection of new books for Halloween, with reviews written by the Horn Book staff. For more spooky books for middle graders, see “Slightly Spooky Middle-Grade Tales.”Vampire Babyby Kelly Bennett; illus. by Paul MeiselPrimary     Candlewick     32 pp.7/13     978-0-7636-4691-2     $15.99A boy describes...
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