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Table of Contents: November/December 2022 Horn Book Magazine

Cover from Snow Horses. Illustration © 2022 by Micha Archer.   Features Ashley Bryan and Jerry Pinkney by Violet J. Harris Unfettered artists sharing their talents, visions, and joys.   Columns Editorial What She Said by Elissa Gershowitz Getting up close and personal with history. The Writer’s Page A Chorus...

Review of Snow Horses: A First Night Story

Snow Horses: A First Night Story by Patricia MacLachlan ; illus. by Micha Archer Primary     McElderry    40 pp.     g11/22     978-1-5344-7355-3     $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-7356-0    $10.99 On New Year’s Eve, young Jenny drives Percheron horses Tim and Tom from their farm to the market for a bustling celebration...

Preview November/December 2022 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art by Micha Archer from Snow Horses: A First Night Story, written by Patricia MacLachlan. Violet J. Harris on Ashley Bryan and Jerry Pinkney, two unfettered artists sharing their talents, visions, and joys. “A Chorus of Storytellers”: George O’Connor on mythology and comics. A roundup of 2022 board books...

The 2022 Caldecott Announcement

                               The winner is Watercress, written by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin, edited by Neal Porter, and published by Holiday House. Let's just sit with that cover a minute as we remember the impressive strengths of...

Wonder Walkers

My deeply held beliefs on childhood, teaching, and education are rooted in the writings and methods of Charlotte Mason, a teacher living at the turn of the twentieth century. Miss Mason believed that children should spend as much time as possible outdoors, writing: “Never be within doors when you can rightly be...

Review of Wonder Walkers

Wonder Walkers by Micha Archer; illus. by the author Primary    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.    g 3/21    978-0-593-10964-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-10966-3    $10.99 Two children sit inside a house near a shore, peering out the window. “Wonder walk?” asks one child. “Sure,” the other responds. At the page-turn, the children are outdoors,...

Prairie Days

Every August, I replace my Caldecott poster with the updated version. Strategically placed near my circulation desk and next to the Caldecott award shelf, it hangs low to the ground to ensure comfortable viewing for even the youngest of students. At the top of the poster is the cover of...

Review of Prairie Days

Prairie Days by Patricia MacLachlan; illus. by Micha Archer Primary    McElderry    40 pp. 5/20    978-1-4424-4191-0    $17.99 In this nostalgic idyll set on the American prairie (judging by clues in the illustrations, in the mid-twentieth-century), a young girl describes summertime farm life as she and the other children ride horses, take...

Daniel's Good Day

How many times a week do you hear or speak the phrase “Have a good day!”? It’s what Daniel hears from his friendly neighbors. One sunny day, he sets out on a walk to Grandma’s house and decides to ask his good day–wishing neighbors, “What makes a good day for you?” Their answers...

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