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Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Year of the Dog! We wish all who are celebrating a new year full of joy and prosperity. we’ve updated our Lunar New Year reading list with fiction and nonfiction books featuring the holiday for preschool, primary, and intermediate readers. All of the titles below were recommended for by The Horn Book Magazine and […]

Books mentioned in the February 2018 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Ilyasah Shabazz & Renée Watson X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon, Candlewick, 14 years and up. Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Renée Watson, Farrar, 11–14 years. When the weather outside is frightful… Chirri & Chirra: The Snowy Day by Kaya Doi, trans. by Yuki Kaneko, Enchanted Lion, […]

Updated Olympics booklist

It’s officially time for the 23rd Olympic Winter Games, which run from February 8–25th in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Who else is excited?! In preparation, I brushed up on my knowledge of South Korea. Did you know that while home to more than fifty million people, the country is seventy percent mountains? The biggest mountain range […]

Reading for Groundhog Day

Six more weeks of winter?! Say it ain’t so! Groundhog Day Winter End GIF from Groundhogday GIFs Warm up (and cheer up) with these Groundhog Day–themed books. All of the titles below were recommended for by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide at the time of their publication; reviews reprinted from The […]

Books mentioned in the January 2018 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Animal-human relationships Castaldo, Nancy F.  Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel Middle school, high school     152 pp.     Houghton     2017 Trade ISBN 978-0-544-63335-3 Dutcher, Jim and Dutcher, Jamie  Living with Wolves!: True Stories of Adventures with Animals [National Geographic Kids Chapters series] Gr. K–3     111 pp.     National Geographic     2016 Library binding ISBN 978-1-4263-2564-9 […]

Books for Martin Luther King Day 2018

Perhaps now more than ever, Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides an opportunity to reflect not only on the life of the great civil rights leader, but also on how far we’ve come — and how very far we still have to go. Below is an updated list of recommended books about Dr. King’s life […]

Books mentioned in the January 2018 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Julie Danielson of Calling Caldecott Silent Days, Silent Dreams by Allen Say, illus. by the author, Scholastic/Levine, 9–12 years. Windows by Julia Denos, illus. by E. B. Goodale, 4–8 years. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illus. by Gordon C. James, Agate/Bolden Books/  Millner, 5–7 years. The Little […]

Happy Hanukkah from The Horn Book!

Hanukkah begins tonight — we hope your holiday is bright and bookish! Last year Rachel Kamin wrote, “Move Over, Shmelf…There Are Other Books on the Shelf.” She wasn’t kidding. If you’re looking for latke literature, there’s no shortage, from board books introducing the basics of Hanukkah to more complex stories. Here are some recent picture-book […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2017

A couple of weeks ago our advertising director Al Berman emailed me with a noodge: “have you guys finished FanFare yet?” Yes, we have, Al, and here it is, and also yes, your creative miscapitalization of Fanfare will live in my steel-trap Scorpio mind forever. But we do hope this list of the Horn Book’s […]

Books mentioned in the November 2017 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Writing and reporting Bodden, Valerie  The Muckrakers: Ida Tarbell Takes on Big Business [Hidden Heroes] Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library      2017 Library binding ISBN 978-1-68078-388-9 Ebook ISBN 978-1-68079-741-1 Giff, Patricia Reilly  Writing with Rosie: You Can Write a Story Too Gr. 4–6     69 pp.     Holiday     2016 Trade ISBN 978-0-8234-3656-9 Macy, Sue  […]