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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 are books that both confirmed […]

Publishers’ Preview: Picture Books: Five Questions for Laura Vaccaro Seeger

This interview originally appeared in the November/December 2018 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Picture Books, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by In her 2013 Caldecott Honor Book Green, Laura […]

Publishers’ Preview: Picture Books: Five Questions for Maira Kalman

This interview originally appeared in the November/December 2018 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Picture Books, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by In Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won […]

Publishers’ Preview: Picture Books: Five Questions for Anika Aldamuy Denise and Paola Escobar

This interview originally appeared in the November/December 2018 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Picture Books, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Before the award, there was a Great Lady, […]

Preview January/February 2019 Horn Book Magazine

Original cover art by Jillian Tamaki. Horn Book Fanfare: Our choices for the best books of 2018. Coverage of the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards: judges’ remarks, speeches, photos. Uma Krishnaswami asks: “Why Stop at Windows and Mirrors?” and looks at the ways books can act as “prisms.” #KidLitWomen* co-founder Grace Lin asks white authors […]

Holiday High Notes 2018

Deck the halls! It’s time for our annual selection of fa-la-la-lots of new (and one reissued) holiday books, with reviews written by the Horn Book staff. Carols and Chaos by Cindy Anstey High School    Swoon/Feiwel    284 pp.    g 10/18    Paper ed.  978-1-250-17487-1    $10.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-17486-4    $7.80 In 1817 England, eighteen-year-old Kate Darby, lady’s maid […]

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

Religions of the world Darvic, Debra B.  We Are Jewish Faces Gr. PS, K–3     32 pp.     Behrman/Apples     2018 Trade ISBN 978-1-68115-536-4 Gilani-Williams, Fawzia  Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam Illustrated by Chiara Fedele Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Kar-Ben     2017 Library binding ISBN 978-1-4677-8938-7 Paperback ISBN 978-1-4677-9423-7 Ebook ISBN 978-1-5124-2717-2 Jordan, Deloris  A Child’s Book of Prayers […]

Myths and folktales around the world

Bowles, David  Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico Middle school, high school     303 pp.     Cinco In this dense but readable anthology of captivating tales from pre-Columbian Mexico, a variety of creation and origin myths are ordered chronologically to share a narrative history of the world from the Aztec and Maya perspectives. Background […]

Natural history of our world

Brake, Mark  The Big Earth Book: How Our Planet Was Shaped by Earth, Air, Fire, and Wind Gr. 4–6     256 pp.     Lonely Planet Illustrated by Brendan Kearney. This attractive oversize book is all about Earth: “how it was formed, what shaped it, and how it came to be full of living things.” Organized into sections […]