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Review of Everyone Gets a Turn

Everyone Gets a Turn by Marianne Dubuc; illus. by the author; trans. from French by Celyn Harding-JonesPreschool, Primary    Princeton Architectural    64 pp.3/24    9781797227290    $18.99When four animals discover an egg while playing in the forest one day, they decide to take turns caring for it. At Mouse’s house, the egg begins...

Review of Bunny Should Be Sleeping

Bunny Should Be Sleeping by Amy Hest; illus. by Renata LiwskaPreschool    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.3/24    9780823453412    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823457441    $11.99Bunny has been lying awake in bed—when he should be sleeping—waiting for Dad to check on him. The youngster’s expressive body language and his impatience (“Come on, Dad! Check on me, check...

Review of Hen in the Bed

Hen in the Bed by Katrina Charman; illus. by Guilherme KarstenPreschool    Nosy Crow    32 pp.3/24    9798887770451    $17.99In this animal-themed version of the “Ten in the Bed” nursery rhyme, it’s a speckled hen who cries out the “Roll over! Roll over!” refrain. An unusual mix of bedfellows includes other farm animals...

January/February Cover Madness, Round 3!

The votes are in for the second round of Cover Madness, and we move on to round 3! Pick your favorite of the final two choices — let us know your choice in the comments! Come back next week to see which cover was voted the winning January/February cover from the last twenty-four years! ...

Horn Book Cover Madness

Hello from the Calling Caldecott off-season, and welcome to our version of college basketball's March Madness — a celebration of Horn Book cover art and artists!  Calling Caldecott prides itself on being a place where lively discussion and celebration of children’s book illustration takes place. The Magazine has a spectacular array of cover art (see...

Horn Book Cyber Week Sale 2023

Have you heard that our Cyber Week subscription sale has been extended until next Tuesday, 12/12/23?! Remember to apply the promo code CYBER35 when checking out.   We're also excited to be calling your attention to our NEW gift-subscription capability! I took advantage of this option just yesterday—the savings were...

Review of How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney?

How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney? by Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon KlassenPreschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.9/23    9781536223767    $18.99e-book ed.  9781536234442    $18.99Barnett and Klassen (The Three Billy Goats Gruff, rev. 1/23, and others) reunite to address the title’s age-old Christmas question. Barnett’s text expertly speculates as a child might,...

Review of Holy Night and Little Star: A Story for Christmas

Holy Night and Little Star: A Story for Christmas by Mitali Perkins; illus. by Khoa LePrimary    Waterbrook    40 pp.9/23    9780593578049    $15.99e-book ed.  9780593578056    $7.99Resistant to change, Little Star is uncertain how she can help Maker on Holy Night. She follows the shepherds to a stable in Bethlehem and sees a...

Review of Dasher Can’t Wait for Christmas

Dasher Can’t Wait for Christmas by Matt Tavares; illus. by the authorPrimary    Candlewick    40 pp.9/23    9781536230130    $17.99e-book ed.  9781536233483    $17.99First introduced in Dasher (rev. 11/19), the titular character returns in a new holiday adventure that conveys the spirit of the season. Dasher loves “seeing the Christmas lights from high above”...

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