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From the Editor — July 2013

Drumming up business for the Horn Book, I barely got to venture beyond the exhibit hall, but the lines and enthusiasm there showed me that this year’s ALA convention in Chicago was a lively one. From what I heard, the big highlight for children’s librarians was the ALSC preconference “A Wild Ride: 75 Years of […]

Five questions for Maria van Lieshout

Maria van Lieshout’s Flight 1-2-3 (Chronicle, 2–5 years) is a lively counting book and introduction to air travel, but with its uncluttered pages and eminently readable typeface, the book also highlights the important role graphic design plays in daily life. The crisp illustrations mimic airport signage — down to characters who look like they stepped […]

Murder most foul

A chill down the spine always helps beat the heat. From Jasper Dent’s serial-killer dad to a supernatural stalker, the villains of these YA murder mysteries will keep readers up all night. In Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers, Jasper — Jazz — Dent helped the police catch a copycat murderer imitating notorious serial killer Billy […]

Let freedom ring

Patriotism can take many forms, from flag-waving to vocalized dissent. These books delve into the lives of American heroes and examine some not-so-proud moments in our history. Becoming Ben Franklin: How a Candle-Maker’s Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty by Russell Freedman emphasizes Franklin’s growing belief in an independent and united Colonial government and […]

Enjoyable and easy reading

Age-appropriate stories about friendship and impromptu adventure make easy reader books relatable and entertaining. With welcoming texts and complementary illustrations in engaging formats, these titles starring characters both beloved and soon-to-be-beloved have something to offer emergent and newly independent readers. In Kevin Henkes’s Penny and Her Marble, the mouse’s third early-reader outing, she spies a […]

It’s a toy, it’s an activity, it’s a book!

Looking for some interactive but non-electronic books for young children? Here are four entertaining toy and concept books to occupy preschoolers’ attention and stimulate their minds. Guess the source of illumination poking through die-cut black pages in Nicholas Blechman’s counting book/bedtime story Night Light. The guessing game (“1 light, shining bright?”) starts with a single, […]

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

Five questions for Maria van Lieshout Flight 1-2-3 by Maria van Lieshout, Chronicle, 2–5 years. It’s a toy, it’s an activity, it’s a book! Night Light by Nicholas Blechman, Orchard/Scholastic, 2–5 years. Press Here by Hervé Tullet, Chronicle, 2–5 years. I Am Blop! by Hervé Tullet, Phaidon, 2–5 years. A Funny Little Bird by Jennifer […]