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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 […]

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 […]

#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 […]

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     […]

Happy Holi!

Holi — “the Festival of Colors” — is here! The festival has roots in several Hindu legends (most significantly one about the love between deities Krishna and Radha) and is a time to welcome spring, celebrate friendships, forgive wrongs, and start anew. Here are two brand-new books featuring the holiday for very young children:   […]

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 […]

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 […]