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Early reader comics

Back-to-school can mean learning to read — and the following comic-format early readers for those just starting out can help build confidence and reading enjoyment. See also our “New for New Readers” column in the Horn Book Magazine, our Summer Reading Beginning Readers and Primary Grades list, and many more...
      

YA retold

Fresh adaptations and retellings can be a way to engage readers with (or introduce them to) classics. Here are four retellings that give their original source material new life for a new generation of readers. See also our Summer Reading list, featuring Soman Chainani’s reimagined fairy tale collection Beasts and...
      

From the Editor - June 2022

Please join us next Wednesday, June 22, at noon EDT for the announcement of the 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. This year marks our fifty-fifth anniversary — it’s not the Newbery centennial, but certainly a point of pride. And speaking of Pride — we’re continuing to celebrate LGBTQIA+ voices...
      

Picture books for National Caribbean American Heritage Month 2022

National Caribbean American Heritage Month is celebrated in June, a time to recognize “the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States.” The following seven picture books, a mix of fiction and nonfiction, star Caribbean people or those of Caribbean descent and...
      

In the good old summertime

If you’ve already blazed through our Summer Reading: Intermediate and Middle School lists, here are six additional summer-set titles to bring sunshine to your day. See also our Guide/Reviews Database chapter books, middle-grade, and YA summer camp booklists and Guide/Reviews Database subject Seasons: Summer. Fibbed by Elizabeth Agyemang; illus. by...
      

YA Pride

June is Pride Month, and these six YA titles — a contemporary novel in verse; a fantasy; historical fiction tinged with magic; horror; and two works of realistic fiction — showcase the diversity of choice for readers seeking LGBTQIA+ characters. See also Pauli Murray: The Life of a Pioneering Feminist...
      

Under the sea

Anglerfish, bowhead whales, sharks, krill…and rubber duckies?! These five nonfiction picture books with an ocean setting should appeal swimmingly to young readers. For more picture books about the beach, tide pools, the ocean, fish, and even surfing, see our 2022 Summer Reading recommendations. Anglerfish: The Seadevil of the Deep by...
      

Independent Bookstore Day 2022

Saturday, April 30, is Independent Bookstore Day (art: IndieBound) — and we suggest consulting our new, handy-dandy Summer Reading PDF that you can print and take with you to the store for book-recommendation reference. Independent Bookstore Day is a celebration near and dear to our hearts. Of course, we're big independent...
      

Día 2022

April 30 is El día de los niños / El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), a "celebration of children, families, and reading...that emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds." This year marks the twenty-sixth anniversary of Día — read about its history here and find resources...
      

Week in Review, April 18th-22nd

  This week on hbook.com...   Family Reading: Patriots' Day and School Vacation Week by Elissa Gershowitz April Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: Summer Reading edition: 5Qs for Kat Fajardo + a baker's dozen picture books, beginning readers & primary grades, intermediate, middle school, and high school selections —...
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