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Holiday High Notes 2023

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but these tales are so delightful. When we’ve candled or decked or treed… let us read! Let us read! Let us read!* Here’s our annual list of recommended new holiday picture books. Season’s greetings from the Horn Book staff! *with apologies to lyricist Sammy...

Voices in verse

These four books, recommended for middle-school or high-school readers, take a poetic approach to telling their tales. For additional creative uses of verse to tell a story (for intermediate and middle-school readers), see the recent nonfiction book Kin: Rooted in Hope (Atheneum) by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Jeffery Boston...

Retold, remixed, or reimagined

Each of these four stories, recommended for intermediate or middle-school readers, retells an existing tale, sometimes putting a brand-new spin on it. See also our Five Questions interview with Clar Angkasa about Stories of the Islands; and, for older readers, YA retold. The Little Match Girl Strikes Back by Emma...

Indigenous stories

Check out these nine books recommended for primary readers — in November for Native American Heritage Month, and all year round! Don't miss Remember by Joy Harjo, illustrated by Michaela Goade, a 2023 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book; and see also the Horn Book’s updated list of Native American Heritage Month resources. Who Will...

Heroes of Invention

Inventors have been the talk of the town lately thanks to TIME's feted annual Best Inventions issue, released last week. We hop on the bandwagon with three picture-book biographies showcasing formulators and their innovations. Find more related books and articles from here; or click the Inventions and Inventors subject tag...

Be the Change

In a world where suffering and injustice perdure, it's difficult not to feel overborne by a sense of hopelessness. National Make a Difference Day, celebrated this year on October 28, reminds kids that they can spread the milk of human kindness through simple, everyday actions, as do these three picture...

Sports Pioneers

The Pan American Games kick off this Friday, October 20, so now seems like an opportune time to bone up on some of the trailblazers who have paved the way for today's athletes. Here are three picture-book biographies to help. Find more related books and articles from here; or...

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...

What a concept!

ONE newsletter section, EIGHT books…all about concepts from letters and numbers to sizes and shapes, recommended for preschool and primary readers. See also Guide/Reviews Database: Subject: Concept Books. You Rule! by Rilla Alexander; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Chronicle    32 pp. 4/23    9781797211794    $17.99 In this deceptively simple book,...
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