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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 Vincent Comes Home

Vincent Comes Home by Jessixa Bagley and Aaron Bagley; illus. by the authors Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    32 pp. 2/18    978-1-62672-780-9    $17.99 Vincent the orange cat lives happily on a busy oceangoing cargo ship. In all his travels, he has never been ashore. But one day he hears the crew talking about “home” and starts to […]

Review of Voices in the Air

Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners by Naomi Shihab Nye Middle School    Greenwillow    208 pp.    g 2/18    978-0-06-269184-2    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-269186-6    $9.99 Many of Nye’s ninety-four original poems speak to historical and contemporary figures, from storied poets such as Yehuda Amichai, Lucille Clifton, José Emilio Pacheco, and Walt Whitman to a trusted Honolulu […]

Review of Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and 
the Battle for the Ballot

Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and 
the Battle for the Ballot by Winifred Conkling Middle School, High School    Algonquin    310 pp.    g 2/18    978-1-61620-734-2    $18.95 This is a fascinating account of the bumpy road to women’s suffrage in the U.S., beginning in earnest with the Women’s Rights Convention in 1848 and culminating with the ratifying […]

Review of The Journey of Little Charlie

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    245 pp.    g 1/18    978-0-545-15666-0    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-16400-8    $10.99 This latest addition to Curtis’s Buxton Chronicles (Elijah of Buxton, rev. 11/07; The Madman of Piney Woods, rev. 9/14) takes place in 1858, when the Fugitive Slave Act was in force. When […]

Review of This Is the Nest That Robin Built

This Is the Nest That Robin Built by Denise Fleming; 
illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp.    g 3/18    978-1-4814-3083-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-3084-5    $10.99 A celebration of bits and pieces, of 
process, and of creation, this picture book describes how a robin builds a nest, shown through collage art that mirrors […]

Review of Martin Rising: Requiem for a King

Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney; 
illus. by Brian Pinkney Intermediate, Middle School    Scholastic    128 pp. 1/18    978-0-545-70253-9    $19.99 A creative poetic celebration of the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. that also, as a song for the dead, includes a meticulous explanation of how and why he died. Henny Penny […]

Review of Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen and Brave Jane Austen

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen: The Story of Six Novels, Three Notebooks, a Writing Box, and One Clever Girl by Deborah Hopkinson; illus. by Qin Leng Primary    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    40 pp.    g 1/18    978-0-06-237330-4    $17.99 Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel by Lisa Pliscou; illus. by Jen Corace Primary    Ottaviano/Holt    48 pp.    g 1/18    […]

Review of The Secret of Nightingale Wood

The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange Intermediate, Middle School    Chicken House/Scholastic    288 pp. 10/17    978-1-338-15747-5    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-15749-9    $10.99 It’s 1919; the Great War is over; and twelve-year-old Hen and her family — Mama, Father, baby “Piglet,” and Nanny Jane — have just moved to an English country house where they hope […]

New for New Readers: An Easy Reader Renaissance

In this first entry in a series, the Horn Book editors look at some of the new (and newish) easy readers that we’ve been enjoying while revisiting some old favorites. Recommendations are from The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide Online. You can find more on easy readers at Easy readers are […]

Review of Penguins Don’t Wear Sweaters!

Penguins Don’t Wear Sweaters! by Marikka Tamura; illus. by Daniel Rieley Preschool    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.    g 1/18    978-1-101-99696-6    $16.99 The book begins with a snapshot of penguin paradise: “Penguins on ice. / Penguins in the sea. Penguins love the sea!” But wait: “WHAT is this?” A ship has spilled its oil in the ocean. The cold, […]