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Earth Day 2018

This year’s observation of the annual Earth Day takes place on April 22. The campaign focus for Earth Day 2018 is “End Plastic Pollution.” The books below celebrate our precious planet, educate about the crises it faces (including plastic pollution), and offer age-appropriate models for environmental activism. The list includes both fiction and nonfiction titles […]

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

Five questions for Tomi Adeyemi Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, Holt, 14 years and up. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, 14 years and up. Bad blood A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge, Abrams/Amulet, 12–16 years. Ink by Alice Broadway, Scholastic, 14 years and up. Isle of Blood […]

Opening Day 2018

Batter up! Hear that call! The time has come for one and all To play ball. —Official victory song of the All-American Girls Baseball League, co-written by Lavonne “Pepper” Paire Davis and Nalda “Bird” Phillips It’s Opening Day at Fenway Park! (We can once again hear the helicopters from the Horn Book office.) Our Boston […]

Recommended reading for Passover

Here’s an updated list of Passover books to nibble on when the matzo runs dry. With the exception of board books, these titles were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide at the time of their publication; reviews are reprinted from The Horn Book Guide Online. Please visit the Association of Jewish Libraries website for […]

Recommended reading for Easter

Easter’s almost here! This updated Easter recommended reading list has selections suitable for both secular and religious celebrations of the holiday. These titles were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide at the time of their publication; reviews reprinted from The Horn Book Guide Online. Preschool Dunrea, Olivier  Ollie’s Easter Eggs 32 pp.    Houghton     […]

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

Coding Coding Projects in Python: A Step-By-Step Visual Guide to Creating Your Own Python Projects Gr. 4–6     DK     224 pp.      2017 Library binding ISBN 978-0-606-40124-1 Paperback ISBN 978-1-4654-6188-9 Kelly, James Floyd  The Story of Coding [DK Readers series] Gr. K–3     DK     48 pp.     2017 Library binding ISBN 978-1-4654-6231-2 Paperback ISBN 978-1-4654-6242-8 Kids Get Coding series […]

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

Five questions for Winifred Conkling Votes for Women: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot by Winifred Conkling, Algonquin, 12 years and up. Who run the world? Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity by Sarah Suzuki, illus. by Ellen Weinstein, MoMA, 5–8 years. Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon by Annette Bay […]

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 […]