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Ramadan 2019

The Islamic month of Ramadan is a solemn holiday of fasting, charity, and additional prayer, culminating in the joyous feasting of Eid al-Fitr. Ramadan began last night at sunset. Ramadan mubarak to those observing! We’d like to call your attention to reading suggestions from our friends at KitaabWorld, who review and recommend children’s books with […]

Whatcha up to this weekend?

Whether you and your loved ones are observing Passover, celebrating Easter, or just spending a (hopefully sunny, but probably not; sigh) spring weekend together, enjoy! We think every occasion is made better with books, so here are some booklists recommending titles to take along, whatever the festivities. And if you, like Shoshana*, are having a […]

2018 in review

Happy New Year! We hope your year is full of great reads and good friends. Before we ring in 2019, though, let’s take a look back at 2018 — we had a very busy year! 2018 ALA Awards coverage May/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Making a Difference 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards coverage […]

Review of Silent Night

Silent Night illus. by Lara Hawthorne Primary    Frances Lincoln    32 pp.    g 10/18    978-1-78603-066-5    $15.99  With gouache paintings rendered into collagelike illustrations via Photoshop, Hawthorne’s version of the classic Christmas carol notably features Mary, Joseph, and Jesus as a brown-skinned family. The text includes all three verses of John Freeman Young’s English translation and is […]

Holiday High Notes 2018

Deck the halls! It’s time for our annual selection of fa-la-la-lots of new (and one reissued) holiday books, with reviews written by the Horn Book staff. Carols and Chaos by Cindy Anstey High School    Swoon/Feiwel    284 pp.    g 10/18    Paper ed.  978-1-250-17487-1    $10.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-17486-4    $7.80 In 1817 England, eighteen-year-old Kate Darby, lady’s maid […]

Review of All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins; illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky Primary    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp. 9/18    978-0-399-55419-3    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-399-55420-9    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-399-55421-6    $10.99 “When darkness comes, it will be the first night of Hanukkah, 1912.” This original picture book based on Sydney Taylor’s beloved characters serves as a perfect standalone […]

#25DaysofHolidayBooks returns!

Every day is a little bit like Christmas at the Horn Book. But in the fall, our daily sleigh’s worth of packages includes fa-la-la-la-lots of holiday books. We review our new favorites for a range of ages in “Holiday High Notes,” a special feature in each November/December The Horn Book Magazine and December Horn Book […]

Review of Fangsgiving

Fangsgiving by Ethan Long; illus. by the author Primary    Bloomsbury    32 pp. 9/18    978-1-68119-825-5    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-68119-826-2    $11.89 The Fright Club (rev. 9/15) monsters are cooking up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, from sweet potato casserole to turkey. But what to do when vampire Vladimir’s family shows up unexpectedly? Invite them in — the more […]

Recommended reading for Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

The Islamic month of Ramadan, a solemn holiday of fasting, charity, and additional prayer, culminates in the joyous feasting of Eid al-Fitr — which begins tonight at sunset. Eid mubarak to those celebrating! We’d like to call your attention to reading suggestions from our friends at KitaabWorld, who review and recommend children’s books with a […]

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 […]