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Happy World Read Aloud Day

…one of our favorite days of the year! To help you celebrate, here are some recommended books, Horn Book Fanfare 2018 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners 2019 ALAYMA winners Board Book Roundup: Treasure Hunting in the Public Library by Julie Roach (September/October 2018 Magazine) The 2019 Robin Smith Picture Book Prize by Dean Schneider […]

Review of Damsel

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold High School     Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins     312 pp. 10/18     978-0-06-274232-2     $17.99 e-book ed. 978-0-06-274234-6     $9.99 This original fairy tale begins with Prince Emory on the dangerous quest required to prove himself worthy of his father’s recently vacated throne: saving a damsel from a dragon. But following the successful (off-page) rescue, it […]

Week in Review, January 21st – 25th

This week on hbook.com… Calling Caldecott reveals the results of its 2019 Mock Caldecott ballot! Walter Wick Talks with Roger January 2019 Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: general knowledge, exploring our oceans, weather and climate, graphic biographies and memoirs Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer; […]

Week in Review, January 14th – 18th

This week on hbook.com… Calling Caldecott’s first 2019 Mock Caldecott ballot is open now until Monday! From the January/February 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Why Stop at Windows and Mirrors?: Children’s Book Prisms” by Uma Krishnaswami Erin Entrada Kelly Talks with Roger about You Go First Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Chicken Talk […]

Week in Review, January 7th – 11th

This week on hbook.com… 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards acceptance speeches January 2019 Notes from the Horn Book: five questions for Caroline Cala, recommended read-alouds, early-chapter-book mysteries and madcap plans, and eye-opening YA history Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Bell Rang by James E. Ransome Fiction: Best Babysitters Ever by Caroline Cala Nonfiction: […]

New year, new Notes issue!

This afternoon subscribers to Notes from the Horn Book are receiving the first issue of 2019! This month you’ll find an interview with Caroline Cala about her series-starter Best Babysitters Ever, as well as lively picture books for snazzy storytimes early chapter books about mysteries and madcap schemes eye-opening YA history Read the full issue […]

Non-snoozy storytimes

Need some inspiration for a new year of storytimes? Learn how to shake things up with Julie Roach’s classic tips for reading aloud, then choose one of these lively new picture books and invite participants to vroom, roar, bark, and awoooooooo along. The latest of Kate and Jim McMullan’s things-that-go books, I’m Tough!, stars a […]

Schemers, sleuths, and spies

The familiar characters and structures of these early-chapter-book series entries will help emerging readers build confidence; plots featuring mysteries and madcap plans will keep them turning pages. The Infamous Ratsos return in Project Fluffy. BMOC Chuck Wood seeks Louie Ratso’s advice in winning over his crush, Fluffy Rabbitski. Thrilled by Chuck’s attention, Louie outlines a […]

Week in Review, December 24th – January 4th

This week (and last week!) on hbook.com… It’s been quiet at the office with the holidays, but here are reflections on our 2018 plus some excellent reading to start 2019 off right: Horn Book highlights from 2018 January/February 2019 Horn Book Magazine Table of Contents and Editorial: “Technicolor Dreams” by Elissa Gershowitz Also from the […]

Week in Review, December 17th – 21st

This week on hbook.com… 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner Interviews Cindy’s pictures of our “jolly holiday” outing Holiday High Notes #25DaysofHolidayBooks continues! Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Kitten and the Night Watchman by John Sullivan; illus. by Taeeun Yoo Fiction: I Lost My Tooth! [Unlimited Squirrels] by Mo Willems Nonfiction: Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, […]