Resource Books

The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth
Juster, Norton
The Phantom Tollbooth is a universally beloved childhood classic. In the 50 years since its original publication, millions of children have breathlessly followed Milo's adventures in the Lands Beyond.

Now Leonard Marcus, a nationally acclaimed writer on children's literature, has created a richly annotated edition of this perennial favorite. Marcus's expansive annotations include interviews with the author and illustrator, illuminating excerpts from Juster's notes and drafts, cultural and literary commentary, and Marcus's own insights on the book. The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth also includes an introduction that shares the fascinating background on the book's publication--Juster and Feiffer met as young neighbors in Brooklyn, New York, and thus began a fortuitious collaboration on a project that would become an instant classic--as well as its enduring place in the world of children's literature.

The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth is the perfect way to honor a classic and will be welcomed by young readers and fans of all ages.

Item No. 9780375857157
$29.99
The Art and Flair of Mary Blair
Canemaker, John
For more than a dozen years, a soft spoken, unassuming woman dominated design at The Walt Disney Studios with a joyful creativity and exuberant color palette that stamped the look of many classic Disney animated features, including Cinderella and Peter Pan. Favorite theme park attractions, most notably the "It's A Small World" boat ride, originally created for the 1964 New York World's Fair, were also among her designs. Now the story behind one of Walt's favorite artists is celebrated in this delightful volume of whimsical art and insightful commentary. In her prime, Mary Blair was an amazingly prolific American artist who enlivened and influenced the not-so-small worlds of film, print, theme parks, architectural decor, and advertising. Her art represented and communicated pure pleasure to the viewer. Mary Blair's personal flair was at one with the imagery that flowed effortlessly and continually from her brush for more than half a century. Walt Disney loved her art and championed it at the Studio. The two shared many sensibilities, including a childlike fondness for playfulness in imagery.
Item No. 9781423127444
$45.00
The Art of Beatrix Potter
Zach, Emily
Published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth, this magnificent collection celebrates the artist behind The Tale of Peter Rabbit and numerous other beloved children's books. Brimming with famous images and rarely seen gems--ranging from character sketches and notebook pages to watercolor landscapes and natural history illustrations--this monograph explores Potter's artistic process and reveals the places that inspired her timeless work. Organized geographically and featuring more than 200 images from the artist's oeuvre, The Art of Beatrix Potter includes illuminating essays by Potter scholar Linda Lear, illustration historian Steven Heller, and children's book illustrator Eleanor Taylor. It is the definitive volume on one of the world's most influential authors, a woman whose artistry, until now, has not been fully celebrated.
Item No. 9781452151274
$40.00
The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to the Present
Kushner, Tony
Maurice Sendak ranks as one of the best known and loved children's book artists in the USA, and has been awarded both the Hans Christian Andersen Medal and the Caldecott Medal. This volume picks up where Selma Lanes' monograph of his work The Art of Maurice Sendak, published in 1980, leaves off, tracing Sendak's life and work from 1980 to 2003. provides an intimate view of the artist. Kushner not only gives a chronological overview of Sendak's work, but also allows us to see him as an accomplished author and artist redefining his legacy, and as a man coming to terms with himself.
Item No. 9780810944480
$45.00
The Art Of William Steig - Hardcover
Nahson, Claudia J

Known for his brilliant cartoons and award-winning children's books, William Steig (1907-2003) leaves a legacy that spans much of the twentieth century. This lavishly illustrated book features over 280 of Steig's drawings, many of them previously unpublished, and examines every aspect of his work, from the "Small Fry" cartoons--his earliest submissions to the New Yorker-- and haunting symbolic drawings of the late 1930s and 1940s, to his later, bitingly funny cartoons and celebrated books for children.

In the seventy-three years that Steig worked for the New Yorker, the magazine published over 120 of his covers and more than 1,600 of his drawings in a wide range of styles, including classic cartoons, psychologically fraught pen-and-ink renderings, and Picasso-esque representations. He brought a new voice to the magazine by creating cartoons that drew on his experience as a son of immigrant Eastern European Jews. In his sixties, Steig embarked on a second career as a writer and illustrator of children's books, including Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and Shrek! These remarkable projects bring together numerous key elements of Steig's work: his evocative use of reverie, his interest in cranks and complainers, and his belief in the redeeming power of love, nature, and art.

The story of Steig's work is told by Claudia J. Nahson and the cartoonist's fellow artists and writers, and his family members. Together they create a portrait of a penetrating social observer with a restless imagination and a love for his craft.

Item No. 9780300124781
$40.00
The Artful Parent
Van't Hul, Jean

Bring out your children's creativity and imagination with more than 60 kids' art activities from the creator of www.ArtfulParent.com.

Art making is a wonderfully fun way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has all the tools and information you need to encourage your children's creativity through art. You'll learn how to set up an art space, how to talk to children about their artwork, how to choose the best art supplies (without breaking the bank), how to repurpose and organize the piles of art created, and even how to use kids' art activities to soften everyday transitions.

The more than sixty engaging kids' arts and crafts projects included here are accessible and developmentally appropriate for one- to eight-year-olds, and they're a far cry from the cookie-cutter crafts many of us did in school as kids. From bubble prints to musical chairs art, these kids art activities allow children to explore art materials, techniques, and ideas as they grow more creative every day. With activities for downtimes, action art for releasing energy, and recipes for making your own art materials, this book is your guide for raising an artful family.

Item No. 9781590309643
$21.95
The Artful Year
Van't Hul, Jean
Winner of the 2015 Parent's Choice Award

From the author of The Artful Parent--a year's worth of art projects, seasonal activities, and recipes for simple, family-friendly crafting through the seasons and holidays.

Celebrating the seasons and holidays is a wonderful opportunity to embrace creativity together as a family. It's also a fun way to decorate, prepare for, and learn about the holidays we celebrate. In The Artful Year, you'll find art activites, crafts, recipes, and more to help make each season special. By doing so, your family will create memories and mementos, you'll develop creative growth in your children and yourself, and you'll have lots of fun! The book includes:

- Arts and crafts, using the materials, colors, and themes of the season
- Decorations to make as a family
- Favorite seasonal recipes that are fun for children to help make (and eat)
- Ideas for celebrating the holidays together
- Suggested reading lists of children's picture books about the seasons and holidays

The Artful Year is a fun and active resource for crafting and celebrating around the year!

Item No. 9781611801491
$24.95
The Elements of Style - Softcover
White, E B
The only style manual to ever appear on a bestseller list now refreshed by one of our most beloved illustrators

Every English writer knows Strunk and White's The Elements of Style. The book's mantra, make every word tell, is still on point. This much-loved classic, now in its fourth edition, will forever be the go-to guide when in need of a hint to make a turn of phrase clearer or a reminder on how to enliven prose with the active voice. The only style manual to ever appear on bestseller lists has explained to millions of readers the basic principals of plain English, and Maira Kalman's fifty-seven exquisite illustrations give the revered work a jolt of new energy, making the learning experience more colorful and clear.

Item No. 9780143112723
$18.00
The Essential Guide to Children's Books (Softcover)
Silvey, Anita
From alphabet books to young adult novels, every parent and teacher's indispensable guide to the best books for children is now available in paperback. 30 illustrations.
Item No. 9780618190829
$17.95
The Horn Book Magazine January/February 2013

This issue includes:

  • Horn Book Fanfare - Our choices for the best books of 2012
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Gallery 2012 - Celebrating the year's winners and honor books
  • Editorial by Martha V. Parravano "Over and Above" - Looking back at the year past and forward to the next.
  • Caldecott at 75 by Kathleen T. Horning - First in a series on the Caldecott Medal at 75 - one winner per decade, here in the 1930s
  • Borderland: Beyond the Friends by Yolanda Hare - Where are all the YA books about African American middle-class geeks?
  • What Makes a Good...? by Jill Homan Randall - What makes a good book about dance?
  • Books in the Home by Megan Lambert - 2012 BGHB Books in My Home. Parent and judge Lambert reads with her kids.
Item No. 16363
$12.00
The Horn Book Magazine January/February 2014

In this Issue:

  • Horn Book Fanfare: our choices for the best books of 2013.
  • Coverage of the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards: judges’ remarks, speeches, photos.
  • Borderlands: Sophie Brookover, Elizabeth Burns, and Kelly Jensen discuss the emergence of New Adult books.
  • The Writer’s Page: Jane Yolen revisits Owl Moon.
  • Monica Edinger calls for a more nuanced depiction of Africa in books for children.
  • Horn Book reviewer Anita L. Burkam asks, “What Makes a Good Horse Book?”
  • From The Guide: Picture Book Builders.
  • Cadenza: “Saxon Burial Mounds Reveal Earliest Fairy Tale,” a poem by Ron Koertge.
Item No. HBJANFEB13
$12.00
The Horn Book Magazine January/February 2015

This issue includes:

Horn Book Fanfare: The Horn Book Magazine's choices for the best books of 2014.

Coverage of the 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards: judges’ remarks, speeches, photos.

A Second Look: Barbara Bader examines The Planet of Junior Brown.

Elissa Gershowitz on “What Makes a Good Award Acceptance Speech?” The Horn Book‘s (unsolicited) advice.

Audrey M. Quinlan asks, “What Makes a Good Math Storybook?”

From The Guide: Math Picture Books.

Item No. HBJANFEB15
$12.00
The Horn Book Magazine January/February 2018

Cover art by Ashley Bryan

In this issue:

  • Horn Book Fanfare: Our choices for the best books of 2017.
  • Coverage of the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards: judges’ remarks, speeches, photos — in our 50th anniversary year!
  • BGHB at 50: 2017 committee chair Julie Roach shares her first BGHB experience — and a keepsake of Vera B. Williams’s 2002 Honor Book for Fiction and Poetry, Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart.
  • A remembrance of Iona Opie by her collaborator on two iconic Mother Goose collections, Rosemary Wells.
  • Cadenza: “Antiques Roadshow Visits Storyland” by Ron Koertge.
  • From The Guide: Picture books that demonstrate how Family Matters.
Item No. HBJANFEB18
$13.50
The Horn Book Magazine July/August 2018

Special Issue: ALA Awards.

Original cover art by 2018 Caldecott Medal winner Matthew Cordell.

Critics Monica Edinger and Roxanne Hsu Feldman (“The Year in Words”) and Julie Danielson and Travis Jonker (“The Year in Pictures”) discuss the books of 2017.

Eloise Greenfield’s Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award Acceptance speech.

Erin Entrada Kelly’s Newbery Medal acceptance speech.

Publisher Virginia Duncan’s profile of Erin Entrada Kelly.

Renée Watson’s Coretta Scott King Author Award acceptance speech.

Author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich’s profile of Renée Watson.

Matthew Cordell’s Caldecott Medal acceptance speech.

Author Julie Halpern’s profile of Matthew Cordell.

Ekua Holmes’s Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award acceptance speech.

Editorial director Liz Bicknell’s profile of Ekua Holmes.

An interview with Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut publisher Denene Millner by Dr. Kim Parker and Elissa Gershowitz.

2018 Mind the Gap Awards.

Item No. HBJULAUG18
$13.50
The Horn Book Magazine March/April 2017

This issue includes:

  • "Reading Without Walls: A Conversation with Gene Luen Yang" by Roger Sutton The 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature on how books and readers can transcend boundaries.
  • "A Tiger Unmasked: One Book, Four Versions, Five Decades" by Crescent Dragonwagon Charlotte Zolotow's daughter (and literary executor) reflects on the challenges and joys of "collaborating" with her mother.
  • "When Google Translate Gives you Arroz con Mango" by Celia C. Perez Errors in Spanish in children's books and the need for #ownvoices in publishing.
  • "Picture This" by Rita Auerbach An extended review of the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Molly Bang's essential guide to picture book illustration.
Item No. HBMARAPR17
$13.50
The Horn Book Magazine November/December 2017
This issues features:
  • "An Interview with Kishonna L. Gray" by Elissa Gershowitz  An expert in game studies and comparative media studies discusses the need for diverse games, diverse books, diverse everything
  • "No Ordinary Gift" by Roger Sutton We need to support libraries responsibly, equitably, and enthusiastically
  • "Beyond the 'Four Fs': Caribbean Own Voices" by Summer Edward The impact of publishing's global economic inequalities and "voluntourism"
  • "Fighting the Lost Cause" by Ann Bausum A Southern-born nonfiction writer rejects the education propaganda of her youth and advocates for historical honesty
  • "Revisiting Anthony Burns" by Rudine Sims Bishop Virginia Hamilton's 1988 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner for Nonfiction exemplifies what the author called "liberation literature." The fifth column in an ongoing series.
  • "Lucha Libros" by AnnMarie Hurtado Bilingual Battle of the Books
  • "Chapter Book Mirrors" A selection of reviews from The Horn Book Guide
Item No. HBNOVDEC17
$13.50
The Horn Book Magazine September/October 2015

Features:

  • "(Very Eventually) The Zena Sutherland Lecture" by Jack Gantos: The stories behind the stories, and characteristically, some other stories.
  • "A Thousand Winters" by Kwame Alexander: Working to make order out of chaos.
  • "The Woman Who Drew Narnia" by Vicki Smith: Through the wardrobe with Pauline Baynes.
Item No. HBSEPTOCT15
$12.00
The Horn Book Magazine September/October 2016

This issue features:

  • "Orland" by Christopher Myers "In the aftermath...there is a need for stories to contain, to comfort, to process, to prevent."
  • "Machetes" by Jason Reynolds From the author's 2016 Coretta Scott King Honor Award acceptance sppech for All American Boys.
  • "How I Discovered Young Adult Poetry" by Marilyn Nelson The 2016 Zena Sutherland Lecture
  • "Interview with Self" by Richard Jackson Legendary editor interviews new picture book writer - and they're both Richard Jackson
Item No. HBSEPTOCT16
$12.00
The Horn Book Magazine September/October 2017

This issue includes:

  • “To Inform and Delight: The Elements of Story” by Melissa Sweet
    The 2017 Zena Sutherland Lecture.
  • “Looking for Queer Girls on the Shelves” by E. M. Kokie
    Our young queer and questioning readers deserve more of and from the stories we are publishing about their lives.
  • “The Incomparable Robin Smith (1959–2017)” by Martha V. Paravanno
  • BGHB at 50: The Adventures of Sparrowboy by Carole Boston Weatherford
    Brian Pinkney's 1997 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner for Picture Book was exactly what one author and parent was looking for. The fourth column in an ongoing series.
  • The Writer's Page: “On Home, Empathy, and Voice” by E. Lockhart
    How our physical and narrative homes shape our perspectives.
  • Cadenza: “For Mrs. Gill, Who Read Us Outside Over There” by Steven Withrow
  • Books in the Home: “What My First Grader Taught Me About Learning to Read” by Summer Clark
  • From The (Ghoulish) Guide: Horn BOO!
    A selection of reviews of Halloween books from The Horn Book Guide.
Item No. HBSEPTOCT17
$13.50
The Horn Book Magazine: January/February 2016

This issue features:

  • Horn Book Fanfare by Horn Book editors: Our choices for the best books of 2015
  • Boston Globe Horn Book Award Gallery 2015: Celebrating the year's winners and honorees
  • "The World that Changes" by Susan Cooper: Horn Book at Simmons keynote address on the theme "Transformations"
  • "Shelf Lives" by Abby McGanney Nolan: From Bookseller to Bestseller
Item No. HBJANFEB16
$12.00
The Horn Book Magazine: March/April 2019

In this issue:

  • “In the Breaking, Maybe Something Beautiful”: adapted from Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s 2018 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture.
  • Author Sayantani DasGupta explains why her #OwnVoices characters don’t wear shoes in the house.
  • An excerpt from Ebony Elizabeth Thomas’s forthcoming book The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games.
  • New for New Readers: Sylvie Shaffer asks, “What (Exactly) Is an Easy Reader?”
  • First Second editorial and creative director Mark Siegel, himself an author-illustrator, examines graphic novels as collaborative projects.
  • Field Notes: Miriam Lang Budin and Robbin Friedman on reading with incarcerated mothers and their children.
  • Audiobook reviews.
  • Impromptu: Complete list of the 2019 ALA YMA winners and more; and announcement of the May/June 2019 Special Issue: CSK at 50.
Item No. 6416541
$13.50
The Horn Book Magazine: May/June 2015

Features:

  • "Hijacking the Pumpkin Coach" by Gregory Maguire: Steering familiar stories in new directions
  • "Book & Me" by Charise Mericle Harper: We debut a new comics series
  • "Apples to Elephants: Artists in Animation" by Besty Bird: Animation skills can - and often do - translate to skills in picture-book illustration.
  • "From Series to Serious" by Thom Barthelmess: A look at four authors whose work includes both mass-market series and literary novels.
Item No. HBMAYJUN15
$12.00
The Horn Book Magazine: May/June 2017

Special Humor Issue

Features:

  • "Say Something Funny": musings of author and accidental humorist Lisa Yee.
  • New Yorker art editor and TOON publisher Françoise Mouly asks, "What's So Funny About Comics?"
  • "Laghter and Resistance": Philip Nel on humor as a weapon in the age of Trump.
  • "Mocking Moscow": author Eugene Yelchin on political jokes in Russia.
  • Lisa Brown looks to the classics in her cartoon "How to Be Funny."
  • Betsy Bird and Julie Danielson remember the late Peter D. Sieruta, the Horn Book's funniest writer.
  • "The Adventures of Baby D": a not-so-heavy-handed cartoon by Raúl the Third.
  • Gail Carriger on "Fashion-Forward Vampires and the Power of Humor in Genre Fiction."
  • Gecko Press publisher Julia Marshall on translating humor.
  • "The Straight Poop on Potty Humor" from Horn Book Family Reading co-parents Elissa Gershowitz and Kitty Flynn.
  • BGHB at 50: Tim Wynne-Jones looks back at the 1980 Picture Book winner, Chris Van Allsburg's The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.
  • From The Guide: "Darkly Funny YA."
  • "Honking the Horn": We asked some children's book creators to tell us a joke. Responses appear through the issue from Ame Dyckman, Alma Fullerton, Daniel Handler, Molly Idle, Dana Alison Levy, Juana Medina, Adam Rex and Christian Robinson, Sergio Ruzzier, Jon Scieszka, Bob Shea, David Ezra Stein, Susan Tan, and Rita Williams-Garcia.
Item No. HBMAYJUN17
$13.50
The Horn Book Magazine: May/June 2018

Special Issue: Making a Difference

Cover by Yuyi Morales.

Carla Hayden, the first female and first African American Librarian of Congress, talks with Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton — her library school classmate! — about Bright April, mirror books, and nonpartisanship in the library.

Jonda C. McNair and Rudine Sims Bishop examine the enduring legacy of The Brownies’ Book, W. E. B. Du Bois’s early-twentieth-century literary magazine for children.

Reach Out and Read cofounder Robert Needlman describes how pediatricians make a difference when they “prescribe” reading, with a look at the program in practice from Diana Palmer.

Serving in WWII, nineteen-year-old Ashley Bryan carried his drawing materials in his gas mask and created art whenever he could. H. Nichols B. Clark provides a curated selection of Bryan’s remarkable wartime sketches and paintings.

 Jon Klassen looks to the late Pat Hutchins’s work to figure out some picture-book how-tos.

The Writer’s Page: Kekla Magoon on heroes who don’t make it into the history books.

“The Book That Changed My Life”: reflections from M. T. Anderson, Derrick BarnesKimberly Brubaker Bradley, Dhonielle Clayton, Candace Fleming, Bob Graham, Deborah HeiligmanKevin Henkes, Naomi Shihab NyeElizabeth Partridge, Celia C.  Pérez, Mitali Perkins, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Joyce Sidman, Roger Sutton, Lauren Wolk, and Eugene Yelchin,

From The Guide: Be an Everyday Un-Hero.

In Memoriam: Susan Cooper remembers Ursula K. Le Guin.

In Memoriam: Richard Michelson remembers Julius Lester.

Impromptu: Books back in print and books by our friends.

Item No. HBMAYJUNE18
$13.50
The Horn Book Magazine: November/December 2014

November/December 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. In this issue:

“Does YA Mean Anything Anymore?: Genre in a Digitized World” by John Green
The author’s 2014 Zena Sutherland Lecture.

“Thom’s Rules of Order” by Thom Barthelmess
Ten tips for good book discussion.

“House Hunters: Storyland Edition” by Ron Koertge
In which the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe finds new digs.

Editorial
“Self Service” by Roger Sutton
What self-publishers don’t know about children’s books.

The Writer’s Page
“Beyond the Magically (Dis)abled” by Cammie McGovern
#WeNeedDiverseBooks…about disability.

Field Notes
“What Happened to the Frog?” by Jonathan Hunt
Jon Klassen, Mo Willems, and the Common Core.

From The Guide
“Steampunk for Tweens and Teens”
A selection of reviews from The Horn Book Guide.

Item No. HBNOVDEC14
$12.00