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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 recommended by The Horn […]

Whatcha up to this weekend?

Whether you and your loved ones are observing Passover, celebrating Easter, or just spending a (hopefully sunny, but probably not; sigh) spring weekend together, enjoy! We think every occasion is made better with books, so here are some booklists recommending titles to take along, whatever the festivities. And if you, like Shoshana*, are having a […]

“Informational children’s books” FTW

Jeopardy! fans know that record-smashing contestant James Holzhauer’s secret is reading “informational children’s books.” Perhaps James — or wannabe Jameses — might benefit from a subscription to The Horn Book Guide. Or maybe he should sign up for Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book; our latest issue featured “Collective biographies for Women’s History Month,” “National […]

Week in Review, April 8th – 12th

This week on… April 2019 issue of Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Christian Robinson, picture books that “spring into nature,” poetry collections, grief in middle-grade and middle-school novels April 2019: Spring News issue of The Horn Book Herald: 5Q for Raúl the Third, National Library Week, National Poetry Month, signs of springtime […]

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 were the perfect way […]

Week in Review, April 1st – 5th

This week on… Preview May/June 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The CSK Book Awards at 50 Starred reviews coming in the May/June issue Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Great Indoors by Julie Falatko; illus. by Ruth Chan Fiction: A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée Nonfiction: Titanosaur: Discovering the […]

Versify at Harvard Book Store

Last night, we snagged press passes (thank you Spencer at Harvard Book Store!) for an event at First Church in Cambridge, MA, celebrating the launch of Versify, Kwame Alexander’s new imprint with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Alexander — along with Versify authors Lamar Giles, Raúl the Third, and Kip Wilson — are on a multicity bus […]

Coming soon: Blowing the Horn: The Horn Book Musical!

April Fools’! Sad to say, there’s no Horn Book musical in our future (YET 😉). But just imagine the possibilities for a showstopping tap-shoes-and-bow-ties dance number! Thanks as usual to resident prankster/punster Shoshana Flax. Musicals are everywhere these days, and we’re thrilled to announce that the Horn Book is getting in on the fun. Blowing […]

Week in Review, March 25th – 29th

This week on… Last chance to apply for a summer internship! March Nonfiction Notes: collective biographies for Women’s History Month; springy poetry collections for National Poetry Month; books about animal migration; and titles about librarianship and information science Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis Fiction: Dig. by A.S. King […]

KidLitCon 2019

2019’s KidLitCon, “an annual gathering of people who care about, and/or blog (or Tweet or Instagram or Facebook or make Videos) about children’s and young adult books, including librarians, teachers, authors & illustrators (both published and aspiring), parents, guardians, and book reviewers,” was held in nearby Providence, Rhode Island, with the theme “Reaching Readers.” On […]