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Recommended Books

Promoting good books for children and young adults is the heart of The Horn Book’s editorial mission. Archived here are annotated lists of recommended titles.

2019 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Middle School

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Here are our top ten books for different age ranges — including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry — all published 2018–2019 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For a handy take-along list of […]

2019 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Intermediate

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Here are our top ten books for different age ranges — including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry — all published 2018–2019 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For a handy take-along list of […]

2019 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Easy Readers and Primary Grades

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Here are our top ten books for different age ranges — including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry — all published 2018–2019 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For a handy take-along list of […]

2019 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: Picture Books

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Here are our top ten books for different age ranges — including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry — all published 2018–2019 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For a handy take-along list of […]

Review of Wildheart: The Daring Adventures of John Muir

Wildheart: The Daring Adventures of John Muir by Julie Bertagna; illus. by William Goldsmith Intermediate, Middle School    Yosemite Conservancy    128 pp. 3/19    978-1-930238-94-7    $17.99 This creatively rendered biography-in-comics-format of John Muir (1838–1914) is filled with the naturalist’s adventures, from his childhood in Scotland to his pioneering conservation work and formation of America’s National Parks. Muir’s […]

Review of The Vanishing Stair

The Vanishing Stair [Truly Devious] by Maureen Johnson High School    Tegen/HarperCollins    373 pp. 1/19    978-0-06-233808-2    $17.99 In this absorbing continuation of Truly Devious (rev. 1/18), amateur gumshoe and anxiety sufferer Stevie Bell is still trying — from afar, her parents having removed her from Ellingham Academy at the end of the first book — to […]

Happy International Dance Day!

Today is International Dance Day, a day to “to celebrate dance, revel in the universality of this art form, cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers, and bring people together with a common language — dance.” We hope you are movin’ and groovin’ in celebration, but when you need a breather, check out these recommended […]

Review of There Are No Bears in This Bakery

There Are No Bears in This Bakery by Julia Sarcone-Roach; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Knopf    40 pp. 1/19    978-0-399-55665-4    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-399-55666-1    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-399-55667-8    $10.99 Sarcone-Roach’s previous bear-centric picture book, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich (rev. 1/15), featured an unreliable offstage narrator, a cover-up, and — spoiler alert — no […]

Review of Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons

Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons by Laura Purdie Salas; illus. by Mercè López Primary    Millbrook    32 pp. 4/19    978-1-5124-9809-7    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5415-4383-6    $19.99 Salas presents a volume of “riddle-ku” poems, a form that is a cross between riddles, haiku, and “mask poems” (poems narrated by “something nonhuman”). The book is divided […]

Review of Beware of the Crocodile

Beware of the Crocodile by Martin Jenkins; illus. by Satoshi Kitamura Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 3/19    978-0-7636-7538-7    $16.99 Heeding the old adage “when introducing a topic to children, start with what they know,” Jenkins initiates his discussion of crocodiles with their most prominent feature: those fascinating and intimidating teeth, which Kitamura depicts in all […]