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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...

Holiday High Notes 2022

Sleigh bells ring. People pleading for some gifts made for reading. They’re new and they’re old and festively told: stories for a winter wonderland.* Here’s our annual list of recommended illustrated holiday books, new or reissued — season’s greetings from the Horn Book staff! *with apologies to lyricist Jeremy Stuart...

Review of Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story

Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story by Danielle Greendeer, Anthony Perry, and Alexis Bunten; illus. by Garry Meeches Sr. Primary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.    g 8/22    978-1-62354-290-0    $16.99 “Many Americans call it a day of thanksgiving. Many of our people call it a day of mourning.” A team of Native creators provides...

Review of The Best Gift for Bear

The Best Gift for Bear by Jennifer A. Bell; illus. by the author Preschool    Two Lions/Amazon    40 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-5420-2922-3    $17.99 Hedgehog has been baking cookies for her friends and neighbors, but “Bear should have a grand gift, a special gift, something wonderful…just like Bear.” Nothing...

Review of A Very Mercy Christmas

A Very Mercy Christmas [Mercy Watson] by Kate DiCamillo; illus. by Chris Van Dusen Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-5362-1360-7    $18.99 In this Mercy Watson picture-book spinoff, young Stella Endicott is feeling the Christmas spirit. She asks her neighbors to go caroling, but all the humans are either...

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.    g 11/22    978-1-5344-7355-3    $18.99 e-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 (“There is...

Review of The Boston Chocolate Party

The Boston Chocolate Party by Tami Lehman-Wilzig and Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz; illus. by Fede Combi Primary    Apples & Honey/Behrman    32 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-68115-576-0    $17.95 Lehman-Wilzig and Prinz set their story during Hanukkah 1773 in the American colonies, centering ­Sephardic New England Jews. Protagonist ­Joshua’s...

Review of Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story

Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story by Fran Manushkin; illus. by Kris Easler Primary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-62354-156-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63289-937-8    $9.99 It’s Hanukkah, and the Menashe family is stuck at home during a blizzard in this picture-book reissue, with new illustrations and an updated...

Review of Hanukkah in Little Havana

Hanukkah in Little Havana by Julie Anna Blank; illus. by Carlos Vélez Aguilera Primary    Kar-Ben    24 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-7284-4284-6    $19.99 Paper ed.  978-1-7284-4285-3    $8.99 e-book ed.  978-1-7284-6918-8    $7.99 A Maryland family spends Hanukkah with their Nonna and Nonno (the Ladino names for grandparents) in Miami’s...
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