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Love, exciting and new

Spring is here, and love is in the air (be sure to catch What Makes a Good YA Love Story? by Katrina Hedeen and Rachel L. Smith in the upcoming May/June 2013 issue of the Horn Book Magazine). Here are four more books that will make teens contemplate love in all its forms. The main […]

From the editor – April 2013

On April 25th, the Horn Book, along with our partners Reach Out and Read and the Cambridge Public Library, is presenting “Fostering Lifelong Learners: Prescribing Books for Early Childhood Education,” a free one-day conference for professionals in ECE (librarians, teachers, daycare providers). The day will begin with a keynote speech by Dr. Robert Needlman, a […]

Books mentioned in the April 2013 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Marilyn Singer Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse written by Marilyn Singer, illus. by Josée Masse, Dutton, 5–8 years. Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems written by Marilyn Singer, illus. by Josée Masse, Dial, 5–8 years. A Strange Place to Call Home: The World’s Most Dangerous Habitats & the Animals That Call […]

Five questions for Marilyn Singer

Marilyn Singer had already demonstrated considerable versatility of poetic talents when in 2010 she debuted a new verse form in Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse (6–10 years, Dutton). This year she is back with a companion, Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems (6–10 years, Dial; both books illustrated by Josée Masse), in […]

Weevils and worms and snakes, oh my!

The truth is often stranger than fiction when it comes to animal behavior. Four recent nonfiction books introduce young readers to marvels of the animal world. Nic Bishop returns with his always-amazing photographs in Nic Bishop Snakes. The text describes snake behavior, physiology, and eating habits. Seemingly impossible-to-get shots of the sinuous, scaly animals feature […]

The hero’s journey

Two girls, a boy, and a whole bunch of princes and princesses embark on captivating adventures. These four new fantasy stories for middle graders and middle schoolers feature compelling characters careening through wondrous worlds. They vanquished a nasty witch and saved their various realms in The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. Now princes Liam, […]

“Because poetry and hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you”*

*from The House at Pooh Corner Poetry can be used to examine and celebrate the world we live in and the worlds we invent. A great way to observe National Poetry Month is to share the following exemplary poetry books for young children featuring the calming rhythms of lullaby, the humorous juxtaposition of portmanteaux, the […]