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Not for the faint of heart

As Halloween nears, check out these six pulse-pounding, often horror-inflected tales of the supernatural, recommended for young adult readers…if you dare. For more, see the YA Horror tag in the Guide/Reviews Database. Before the Devil Knows You’re Here by Autumn Krause High School    Peachtree Teen    227 pp. 10/23    9781682636473    $18.99...
      

Horn BOO! 2023

What do wombats, narwhals, and mac and cheese have in common? They appear alongside zombies, vampires, werewolves, and more in this year's roundup of eighteen recommended new preschool and primary books for the season. For more spooktacular reads, visit hbook.com/HalloweenBooks. Happy Halloween from the Horn Booooook! Witch & Wombat  by...
      

Board Book Roundup: Baby Horn BOO! 2022 Edition

This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, published seasonally. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. Familiar songs, finger puppets and holes, counting, and flaps galore make...
      

Horn BOO! 2022

Witches, monsters, ghosts, and even creepy crayons (yes, you read that right!) are among the stars of this year's roundup of thirteen (gasp!) recommended new and reissued picture books for the season. For more spooktacular reads, visit hbook.com/HalloweenBooks. Happy Halloween from the Horn Booooook! A Wee Boo by Jessica Boyd;...
      

Horn BOO! 2021

Cows that go boo? Vampenguins? Poultrygeist? While our annual roundup of recommended picture books for the season features some unusual characters, we’ve also got plenty of pumpkins, ghouls, and treats to set the eerie mood. For more spooktacular reads, visit hbook.com/HalloweenBooks. Trick or Treat, Crankenstein by Samantha Berger; illus. by...
      

From the Editor - October 2020

We hope you’ve been enjoying attending our first-ever virtual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, with coverage of this year’s BGHB winners — videos, interviews, articles, and more — each week in October. It’s all archived, and everything is free — find the full schedule here. In this issue of Notes and...
      

Horn BOO! 2020

Are you going on a (virtual) book hunt this Halloween? Our annual roundup has you covered, whether your treat of choice is spooky squids, not-so-spooky spiders, or anything in between. The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo! by Elaine Bickell; illus. by Raymond McGrath Preschool    Philomel    32 pp.    g 8/20   ...
      

A Spooky Surprise

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Happy Halloween! To help myself get into the festive holiday spirit on a recent trip to New York's picturesque Hudson Valley for a friend's wedding, I embraced the local literary love for a certain spooky tale: Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." The scene was set listening to the...
      

Horn BOO! 2019

Welcome to our annual roundup of (not-always) scary seasonal stories, where you'll find, mostly, more pumpkins and puns than poltergeists. Happy Halloween! Mr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party by Erin Barker; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Blue Manatee   32 pp.    g 9/19    978-1-936669-77-6    $17.99  Handsome china dishes and raised pinkies accentuate a fancy...
      

Eerie and uncanny

Starring ghosts, ghost hunters, goblins, and changelings, these new adventures for intermediate and middle-school readers are atmospherically spooky (but not-too-scary) books to snuggle up with on a gloomy fall day. Find more Halloween recommendations in Friday's Horn Book Herald e-newsletter. Mollie sets out to return Guest, a changeling child, to...
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