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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.

Review of People Don’t Bite People

People Don’t Bite People by Lisa Wheeler; illus. by Molly Idle Preschool    Atheneum    40 pp. 4/18    978-1-4814-9082-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-9083-2    $10.99 In subversively lilting rhymed verse, Wheeler enumerates the reasons “people don’t bite people” and suggests alternatives: “It’s good to bite a biscuit. / It’s good to bite a plum. / It’s BAD to […]

Earth Day 2018

This year’s observation of the annual Earth Day takes place on April 22. The campaign focus for Earth Day 2018 is “End Plastic Pollution.” The books below celebrate our precious planet, educate about the crises it faces (including plastic pollution), and offer age-appropriate models for environmental activism. The list includes both fiction and nonfiction titles […]

Review of Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon

Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon by Annette Bay Pimentel; illus. by Micha Archer Primary    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.    g 2/18    978-1-101-99668-3    $17.99 “Bobbi Gibb must wear a skirt to school because she is a girl. She is not allowed to run on the school’s track team. Because those are the rules — and […]

Review of Between the Lines

Between the Lines by Nikki Grimes Middle School, High School    Paulsen/Penguin    213 pp.    g 2/18    978-0-399-24688-3    $17.99 “Just step up, step up to the mike / and let your truth fly, loud, / proud, raw.” That’s what students are preparing to do in Mr. Ward’s high school class in the Bronx. Through poetry, they are […]

Autism Acceptance/Awareness Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month (also known as Autism Awareness Month). Below, we’ve compiled some resources for education and advocacy. Resources from The Horn Book “Reading on the Spectrum” by Ashley Waring (September/October 2010 Horn Book Magazine) and On Ashley Waring’s ‘Reading on the Spectrum’” by Kitty Flynn at Family Reading (September 21st, 2016) “Beyond […]

Review of Warbler Wave

Warbler Wave by April Pulley Sayre with Jeff Sayre; photos by April Pulley Sayre Preschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp.    g 2/18    978-1-4814-4829-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-4830-7    $10.99 From the author of Woodpecker Wham! (rev. 5/15) comes another science picture book featuring spectacular photographs and spare, precise text, this time focusing on the migrating group […]

Five questions for Tomi Adeyemi

Tomi Adeyemi‘s high-octane fantasy Children of Blood and Bone (Holt, 14 years and up) begins with a bang (and, like much classic fantasy, with a map) and ends with a cliffhanger. In between, readers follow three narrators with shifting loyalties and motivations as they attempt to save, resurrect, harness, and/or obliterate the magic that once […]

Preschoolers’ life lessons

The ways of the world can be mysterious for preschoolers; it always helps to have a laugh. The following picture books teach age-appropriate life lessons without losing their sense of humor. In People Don’t Bite People, Lisa Wheeler enumerates (in subversively lilting rhymed verse) the reasons “people don’t bite people” and suggests alternatives: “It’s good […]

Books mentioned in the April 2018 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Tomi Adeyemi Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, Holt, 14 years and up. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, 14 years and up. Bad blood A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge, Abrams/Amulet, 12–16 years. Ink by Alice Broadway, Scholastic, 14 years and up. Isle of Blood […]

Listening to friends and family

These audiobooks, recommended for middle-grade and middle-school listeners, tell a variety of stories about contemporary kids and families in engaging and entertaining ways. Twelve-year-old Malú, star of Celia C. Pérez‘s The First Rule of Punk, is into punk rock and making zines. When her mother gets a teaching job in Chicago, Malú must reluctantly leave […]