Resource Books

Horn Book May/June 2020
Item No. HBMAYJUN20
$13.50
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Craig, Katie
A treasure trove of fun for every horse-loving girl! Horse Play! is packed with great activities and projects, from crafting a mini barn and pasture to designing your dream horse, sewing a pony pillow, making a shelf for model horses, and coloring a pull-out poster. Quizzes, checklists, and fill-in-the-blanks invite you to test your knowledge of horses, breeds, riding, and horse care. And this kit-in-a-book also includes stickers, a stencil, pop-out cards, and complete plans for a Horsing-Around party with games, invitations, a horse pinata, party grub, and must-watch horse movies!
Item No. 9781612127590
$12.95
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Young, Ed
I knew nothing could happen to us within those walls, in the house Baba built.

In Ed Young's childhood home in Shanghai, all was not as it seemed: a rocking chair became a horse; a roof became a roller rink; an empty swimming pool became a place for riding scooters and bikes. The house his father built transformed as needed into a place to play hide-and-seek, to eat bamboo shoots, and to be safe.

For outside the home's walls, China was at war. Soon the house held not only Ed and his four siblings but also friends, relatives, and even strangers who became family. The war grew closer, and Ed watched as planes flew overhead and frends joined the Chinese air force. But through it all, Ed's childhood remained full of joy and imagination.

This powerful, poignant, and exquisitely illustrated memoir is the story of one of our most beloved children's illustrators and the house his baba built.

Item No. 9780316076289
$17.99
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Wood, James

In the tradition of E. M. Forster's Aspects of the Novel and Milan Kundera's The Art of the Novel, How Fiction Works is a scintillating study of the magic of fiction--an analysis of its main elements and a celebration of its lasting power. Here one of the most prominent and stylish critics of our time looks into the machinery of storytelling to ask some fundamental questions: What do we mean when we say we "know" a fictional character? What constitutes a telling detail? When is a metaphor successful? Is Realism realistic? Why do some literary conventions become dated while others stay fresh?

James Wood ranges widely, from Homer to Make Way for Ducklings, from the Bible to John le Carré, and his book is both a study of the techniques of fiction-making and an alternative history of the novel. Playful and profound, How Fiction Works will be enlightening to writers, readers, and anyone else interested in what happens on the page.

Item No. 9780312428471
$17.00
How Picturebooks Work - Softcover
Scott, Carole
How Picturebooks Work is an innovative and engaging look at the interplay between text and image in picturebooks. The authors explore picturebooks as a specific medium or genre in literature and culture, one that prepares children for other media of communication, and they argue that picturebooks may be the most influential media of all in the socialization and representation of children. Spanning an international range of children's books, this book examine such favorites as Curious George and Frog and Toad Are Friends, along with the works of authors and illustrators including Maurice Sendak and Tove Jansson, among others. With 116 illustrations, How Picturebooks Work offers the student of children's literature a new methodology, new theories, and a new set of critical tools for examining the picturebook form
Item No. 9780415979689
$72.95
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Cann, Helen
With wonderful examples and easy-to-follow instructions, this beautifully illustrated how-to book makes it simple and fun to create one-of-a-kind hand-drawn maps. Helpful templates, grids, and guidelines complement a detailed breakdown of essential cartographic elements and profiles of talented international map artists. From city maps and family trees to treasure maps, palmistry charts, platformgame maps, and more, the wide range of projects collected here will satisfy first-time cartographers as well as veteran mapmakers inspired by the popular map art trend.
Item No. 9781452169910
$27.50
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Russo, Maria
An indispensable guide to welcoming children--from babies to teens--to a lifelong love of reading, written by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo, editors of The New York Times Book Review.

Do you remember your first visit to where the wild things are? How about curling up for hours on end to discover the secret of the Sorcerer's Stone? Combining clear, practical advice with inspiration, wisdom, tips, and curated reading lists, How to Raise a Reader shows you how to instill the joy and time-stopping pleasure of reading.

Divided into four sections, from baby through teen, and each illustrated by a different artist, this book offers something useful on every page, whether it's how to develop rituals around reading or build a family library, or ways to engage a reluctant reader. A fifth section, "More Books to Love: By Theme and Reading Level," is chockful of expert recommendations. Throughout, the authors debunk common myths, assuage parental fears, and deliver invaluable lessons in a positive and easy-to-act-on way.
Item No. 9781523505302
$19.95
Imagine a Forest: Designs and Inspirations for Enchanting Folk Art
Mirtalipova, Dinara

From the inspired mind of Dinara Mirtalipova comes Imagine a Forest, a drawing and design guide to creating your own Eastern European folklore inspired artwork. Escape to your own forested fairy tale.

Imagine a Forest explores the unique style of illustrator Dinara Mirtalipova; a style which is rooted in the rich traditions of Eastern European folklore. This drawing and design guide features instructions and tips on how to draw your own beautiful art in a modern folklore style. Create charming flowers, birds, animals, fairy tale characters, mythical creatures and more.

The lush and captivating illustrations and encouraging, easy-to-follow advice featured in these step-by-step tutorials will guide you through Dinara's gorgeous folk-art drawings and inspire you to create your own. Dinara even gives you design ideas and project suggestions so you can make and decorate practical things with your beautiful art.

Don't spend every day in the boring real world--escape to a beautiful Eastern European fairy tale with Imagine a Forest. Who knows what you might find!

Item No. 9781631062353
$19.99
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Dunn, Rae
Author and ceramicist Rae Dunn shares her favorite techniques for approaching a blank page and creating art. Discover how to draw with your non-dominant hand and sketch with objects found in nature. Colorfully illustrated with watercolors, sketches, original patterns, dreamy photography, and hand-lettered insights.
- Visually rich book with shapes, colors, and textures to inspire and instruct
- Find beauty in everyday objects, sights, and unexpected places
- Full of tips, prompts, and exercises designed to help you trust your instincts and inspire creativity

Fans of Wilma's World: Good Advice from a Dog and France: Inspiration du Jour will love this book.

This book is perfect for any aspiring artist, photographer or creative spirit,
- Artists
- Watercolorists
- Photographers

Item No. 9781452168852
$22.95
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Munari, Bruno
First published in Italy in 1956, Bruno Munari's In the Darkness of the Night tells the tale of an interconnected, intimate yet expansive journey across three settings--in the darkness, through a meadow, and into a mysterious cave--through a spellbinding combination of paper stocks, transparencies, cutouts, and simple but lively characters. This timeless artist's book, available in a new English edition, is a must-have for Munari fans, designers, bibliophiles, and lovers of exceptional book design.
Item No. 9781616896300
$35.00
In the Great Green Room
Gary, Amy

The extraordinary life of the woman behind the beloved children's classics Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny comes alive in this fascinating biography of Margaret Wise Brown. Margaret's books have sold millions of copies all over the world, but few people know that she was at the center of a children's book publishing revolution. Her whimsy and imagination fueled a steady stream of stories, book ideas, songs, and poems and she was renowned for her prolific writing and business savvy, as well as her stunning beauty and endless thirst for adventure.

Margaret started her writing career by helping to shape the curriculum for the Bank Street School for children, making it her mission to create stories that would rise above traditional fairy tales and allowed girls to see themselves as equal to boys. At the same time, she also experimented endlessly with her own writing. Margaret would spend days researching subjects, picking daisies, cloud gazing, and observing nature, all in an effort to precisely capture a child's sense of awe and wonder as they discovered the world.

Clever, quirky, and incredibly talented, Margaret embraced life with passion, lived extravagantly off of her royalties, went on rabbit hunts, and carried on long and troubled love affairs with both men and women. Among them were two great loves in Margaret's life. One was a gender-bending poet and the ex-wife of John Barrymore. She went by the stage name of Michael Strange and she and Margaret had a tempestuous yet secret relationship, at one point living next door to each other so that they could be together. After the dissolution of their relationship and Michael's death, Margaret became engaged to a younger man, who also happened to be the son of a Rockefeller and a Carnegie. But before they could marry Margaret died unexpectedly at the age of forty-two, leaving behind a cache of unpublished work and a timeless collection of books that would go on become classics in children's literature.

In In the Great Green Room, author Amy Gary captures the eccentric and exceptional life of Margaret Wise Brown, and drawing on newly-discovered personal letters and diaries, reveals an intimate portrait of a creative genius whose unrivaled talent breathed new life in to the literary world.

Item No. 9781250160621
$17.99
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Lella Gandini

This critically acclaimed, lavishly illustrated book will help educators create the highest quality learning opportunities for a new generation of children. The Second Edition features substantial and important changes, including the addition of new chapters by pioneers of the work that happens in the atelier who draw on several decades of experience.

The atelier, or studio, is a key element of the renowned preschools and infant-toddler centers of Reggio Emilia, Italy. This beautiful, full-color resource explores how the experiences of children interacting with rich materials in the atelier affect an entire school's approach to the construction and expression of thought and learning. The authors provide examples of projects and address practical aspects of the atelier, including organizing the environment and using materials. No other book presents a more thorough examination of the philosophy, practice, and essential influence of the Reggio-inspired studio.

Book Features:

  • A comprehensive approach that addresses learning, collaboration, relationships, and community.
  • The writing and practice of influential educators from Reggio Emilia, including a new chapter by Vea Vecchi.
  • A window into many ateliers/studios within the United States that have created settings and experiences to suit their unique contexts.
  • Updated conversations with the protagonists from Reggio Emilia as they speak about the history and evolution of the atelier.
  • Item No. 9780807756324
    $37.95
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    Julian Rothenstein
    Inside the Rainbow reprints for the first time in English a unique compendium of Soviet-era picture books from the 1920s and 1930s—a high point in the history of children's literature. In the dark and dangerous world of revolutionary Petrograd, some of the greatest Russian poets and artists of the century came together to create a new kind of book for children, one that reflected the endless possibilities of a brave new world. Managing for a time to escape the scourge of state censorship, these books became a haven for learning, poetic irony, burlesque, and laughter. Showcasing more than three hundred brilliant examples from this golden age of illustration and design, Inside the Rainbow also includes translated poems, stories, and key texts by those who bore witness to the Russian revolution.
    Item No. 9781616893781
    $35.00
    John Burningham - Hardcover
    Burningham, John
    A beautiful collectors' volume showcasing the art, life, and inspiration of a celebrated author-illustrator.

    Take a look behind the scenes at the work of John Burningham, one of the world's most talented children's book creators, in this fascinating masterwork showcasing everything from sketches to background stories, family photos to full-color art. Complete with a foreword by Maurice Sendak, an introduction by the distinguished children's book author, critic, and curator Brian Alderson, and copious notes and revelations by the author-illustrator himself, this gorgeous showpiece belongs on the shelf of everyone who loves -- or aspires to -- the art of children's book creation.
    Item No. 9780763644345
    $70.00
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    Step into a world of star-crossed lovers, magical winds, mischievous giants, and trolls, through some of the most exquisite illustrations in publishing history. In this gorgeous reprint, TASCHEN revives the most ambitious publication project of beloved Danish artist Kay Nielsen, one of the most famous children's book illustrators of all time.

    First published in 1914, East of the Sun and West of the Moon is a celebrated collection of fifteen fairy tales, gathered by legendary Norwegian folklorists Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe on their journeys across Norway in the mid-nineteenth century. Nielsen's illustration edition of Asbjørnsen and Moe's tales is considered a jewel of early 20th-century children's literature, highly sought-after by art and book collectors worldwide. An original signed copy of the book sold at auction in 2008 commanded the highest price ever paid for an illustrated children's book.

    This finely crafted reprint restores the stunning detail and artistry of Nielsen's images to their original splendor. Featuring 46 illustrations, including many enlarged details from Nielsen's rare original watercolors, the book is printed in five colors. Three accompanying essays, illustrated with dozens of rare and previously unseen artworks by Nielsen, explore the history of Norwegian folktales, Nielsen's life and work, and how this masterpiece came to be.

    Item No. 9783836532297
    $39.99
    Keywords for Children's Literature
    Philip Nel & Lissa Paul

    A new vocabulary for Children's Literature

    The study of children's literature and culture has been experiencing a renaissance, with vital new work proliferating across many areas of interest. Mapping this vibrant scholarship, Keywords for Children's Literature presents 49 original essays on the essential terms and concepts of the field. From Aesthetics to Young Adult, an impressive, multidisciplinary cast of scholars explores the vocabulary central to the study of children's literature.

    Following the growth of his or her word, each author traces its branching uses and meanings, often into unfamiliar disciplinary territories: award-winning novelist Philip Pullman writes about Intentionality, education expert Margaret Meek Spencer addresses reading, literary scholar Peter Hunt historicizes Children's Literature, Psychologist Hugh Crago examines story, librarian and founder of the influential Child_Lit litserv Michael Joseph investigates liminality. The scope, clarity, and interdisciplinary play between concepts make this collection essential reading for all scholars in the field. In the spirit of Raymond Williams' seminal Keywords, this book is a snapshot of a vocabulary of children's literature that is changing, expanding, and ever unfinished.

    Visit keywords.nyupress.org for online essays, teaching resources, and more.

    Item No. 9780814758557
    $30.00
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    Van Der Hulst, Astrid
    A surprise on every page!

    Brimming from cover to cover with projects and other paper surprises, The Kids' Book of Paper Love, from the bestselling editors of Flow magazine and books, is a bounty of a book that begs to be folded, cut up, collaged, doodled on, and shared.

    Loop paper strips into a paper chain. Snip out bookmarks. Fold a paper house. Make photo booth props--a silly mustache, a crown--to pose with friends. Bind up a DIY storybook and use it to sketch out adventures and dreams. Construct a paper flower bouquet, a paper terrarium, a fortune-teller with prompts like Lend someone a book and tell them why you recommend it.

    Plus there are Flow's signature paper goodies, including a foldout paper banner, postcards, glitter stickers, a paper doll, a two-sided poster, and so much more. It's a pure hands-on treat.

    Every page is an activity! Includes:
  • Decorative cutouts
  • Cards for friends
  • A DIY storybook
  • Stamp stickers
  • Photo booth props
  • ...and more!
  • Item No. 9781523508143
    $19.95
    Leonardo the Terrible Monster DVD

    Leonardo is terrible at being a monster. He can't seem to frighten anyone. Then he comes up with a plan to find the perfect nervous little boy and scare the tuna salad out of him. Will his plan succeed, or will he come up with a better idea? Author Mo Willems narrates this dramatic tale with wit and warmth. Animated by Pete List. Animated, 8 minutes.

    Item No. 9780439027649
    $12.98
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    Ward, Jennifer
    Engage your child in outdoor play, nature outings, and environmental explorations. Chase and be chased in a game of capture the flag. Use the power of the sun to craft your own shadow prints. Explore the stars on a late night walk. Create a field guide to your neighborhood. Through 52 ideas--some classic and some new--Let's Go Outside! offers a range of activities perfect for children ages 8 to 12. Whether you're in the country, the city, or anywhere in between, this book is sure to help you get outside--and run, dance, hike, or camp--with your preteen.

    Sections of the book include:

    - Back to Basics: Reconnecting with twists on traditional games and activities such as Capture the Flag
    - Making the Ordinary Extraordinary: Picnics, doing homework outdoors, and socializing opportunities outdoors
    - Outdoor Adventures: Canoeing, biking, and camping
    - Environmental Experiments: Ways to explore how nature works

    Item No. 9781590306987
    $14.00
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    Jansson, Tove

    A virtual memoir in letters by the beloved creator of the Moomins

    Tove Jansson's works, even her famed Moomin books, fairly teem with letters of one kind or another, from messages bobbing in bottles to whole epistolary novels. Fortunately for her countless readers, her life was no different, unfolding as it did in the letters to family, friends, and lovers that make up this volume, a veritable autobiography over the course of six decades--and the only one Jansson ever wrote. And just as letters carry a weight of significance in Jansson's writing, those she wrote throughout her life reflect the gravity of her circumstances, the depth of her thoughts and feelings, and the critical moments of humor, sadness, and grace that mark an artist's days.

    These letters, penned with characteristic insight and wit, provide an almost seamless commentary on Jansson's life within Helsinki's bohemian circles and on her island home. Shifting between hope and despair, yearning and happiness, they describe her immersion in art studies and her ascension to fame with the Moomins. They speak frankly of friendship and love, loneliness and solidarity, and also of politics, art, literature, and society. They summon a particular place and time reflected through a mind finely attuned to her culture, her world, and her own nature--all clearly put into biographical and historical context by the volume's editors, both longtime friends of Tove Jansson--and, in the end, draw a complex, intimate self-portrait of one of the world's most beloved authors.

    Item No. 9781517909574
    $25.95
    Library of the Early Mind DVD

    The authors, illustrators, and editors of some of the finest works of children's literature share their stories in this examination of the deeper side of the art. From the stories we hear as children to those we tell our own, the work of these storytellers often comes from a profound place and has more profound effects than we might imagine. Featuring: Chris Van Allsburg, Lois Lowry, R.L. Stine, Norton Juster, Natalie Babbitt, Brian Selznick, David Small, Mo Willems, Jarrett J. Krosockza, Jeff Kinney, Anita Silvey, Adam Gopnik, Nancy Garden, Lesléa Newman, Jerry Pinkney, Gregory Maguire, Brian Pinkney, Arthur A. Levine, Mary Jane Begin, Jack Gantos, Leonard S. Marcus, Peter H. Reynolds, Daniel Handler and Richard Michelson.

    Item No. 884501642569
    $33.00
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    Children see the world with different eyes. Through illustrated stories in children's books they learn about the world in which they live. The best picture books for children not only feature wonderful stories, but also tell them in a visually appealing way. Children are very critical readers who simply cast aside books they deem boring, overzealous, pedantic, or visually unimaginative. Thankfully, a rich selection of contemporary children's books is currently available. They deal with quite sophisticated topics and feature cuttingedge images. Despite, or because of, the ubiquity of televisions and computers, children's books have remained popular with kids and parents. These books have also not lost their appeal for illustrators and publishing houses--not least because a hit children's book can serve as the lucrative basis for TV programs, video games, toys, or other merchandising. Little Big Books showcases the best examples of illustration for children's books and documents current trends in their design. Reflecting a broad range of styles, methods, and materials, the images and concepts featured here provide an insightful overview of the most important aesthetic developments over the last several years. An introductory text puts the current work into the historical context of classic illustrated books for children. Little Big Books is a valuable resource for illustrators, publishing houses, parents, grandparents, and anyone who is looking for compelling illustrated children's books beyond teddy bears and kitty cats.
    Item No. 9783899554465
    $55.00
    Little Nemo in the Palace of Ice
    McCay, Winsor
    These strange and marvelously drawn cartoons recount the continuing adventures of Little Nemo, a small boy transported nightly to such fantastic worlds as the Palace of Ice, a pirate ship on the high seas, and a miniature city, where time and again his adventures get him into deep trouble and nothing can possibly save him -- except waking up.
    Created by Winsor McCay, a pioneer of cartooning and animation, Little Nemo and his companions provided Sunday entertainment for readers of The New York Herald for nearly a decade. The cartoons feature an incredible succession of fantasies in circus colors, rendered with a freewheeling mastery of perspective drawing. Little Nemo's escapades swirl in classic dream imagery such as falls, flights, and forests swarming with wild beasts. This lavish volume recaptures the vintage cartoon's incredibly baroque details and captivating weirdness with 31 full-color pages reproduced from the original 1907 editions.
    Item No. 9780486820941
    $19.95
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    Beloglovsky, Miriam
    Teachers' Choice Award for Preschool 2018 Winner!

    Loose parts capture children's curiosity, give free reign to their imagination, and encourage creativity. This form of play allows infants to be in control and recognize the power of their bodies and actions. A variety of new and innovative loose parts ideas are paired with beautiful photography to inspire safe loose parts play in your infant and toddler environments. Captivating classroom stories and proven science provide the context for how this style of play supports children's development and learning. This book is perfect for Montessori and Reggio-inspired programs and educators.

    Item No. 9781605544649
    $32.95
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    Daly, Lisa
    Loose parts cross the boundaries of gender, age, abilities, and socioeconomic challenges. Loose Parts 3, the newest addition to the wildly popular Loose Parts series, helps teachers make a conscious effort to create culturally sustainable environments that allow children to grow and to conquer a dynamic world.

    Over 400 full-color photographs beautifully illustrate the ongoing need for educational pedagogy that

  • creates a sense of belonging

  • supports children's identities

  • is culturally responsive and sustainable
  • Loose Parts 3 contains inspiration and guidance on how to create culturally sensitive and culturally sustainable early childhood environments through six key terms: aesthetic, authenticity, equity, dynamic, praxis, and critical reflection. Use your environment to promote a sense of wonder, curiosity and joy, and allow children to explore their identities.

    Item No. 9781605544663
    $32.95