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>November/December Horn Book Magazine

>The new issue is wending its way to your mailbox and we’ve posted selected excerpts online, including a three-way take on e-books and our annual list of the best holiday books. Does this mean I can finally start listening to Christmas carols?

>Merry Christmas Darlings

>Hey, I finally made it. I hope everyone gets some nice uninterrupted recreational reading time over the holidays. I’ve started my own off with The Exception by Christian Jungersen (Talese/Doubleday), a hugely engrossing mystery/thriller/black comedy (I think) about the employees of a Danish genocide documentation center. The women who work there have been receiving threatening […]

>As Betty and Wilma say, "CHARGE!"

>Children’s Book Shop proprietress Terri Schmitz talks with Kitty Flynn about children’s-book shopping for the holidays and recommending some of her favorites on our latest podcast. I’ll be over soon, Terri. We’ve got this swell Dutch couple renting our first floor apt and they have two completely adorable kids–a one year old boy and a […]

>The Nov/Dec 2007 Horn Book Magazine

>is out and we’ve posted some selections on our website along with a nifty bunch of web extras (who knew Astrid Lindgren could be such a . . . oh, go look for yourself and fill in the blank). And that Christmassy cover of Olivia is giving me complete permission to ramp up the carols […]

A Child’s Star

by Nancy Willard One night a little girl looked out of her win­dow and saw a new star in the sky. The little girl, who was very lonely, thought to herself, “How nice it would be to play with the star!” So she wished on the star and asked it to come down and see […]

Christmas at Huckleberry Mountain Library

by Lois Lenski Huckleberry mountain library — the only rural library in Henderson County, North Carolina — is open for two hours every other Sunday afternoon to the mountain children, and was to be open on December 23. Packages of books from three of my publishers arrived on the 22nd, just in time for library […]