If you are a reading teacher, you MUST be reading what your students are reading. Most of us have a favorite book from childhood or a reading series that got us hooked on reading. Just about everyone I know shares Charlotte’s Web with their students. But, I think E.B. White would also want us to share books by Jacqueline Woodson, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Jim Murphy, Doreen Rappaport, Sharon Draper, Kerry Madden, and Carl Hiassen with our students.
Our job as literacy leaders is to know “good reads.” One of the first sites I visit and rely on to vet good reads is The Horn Book. For over 90 years, The Horn Book has been informing librarians, teachers, and all book lovers about the good reads in children’s literature. Visit The Horn Book and Get Growing!
The Hornbook Magazine was first published in 1924 and provides reviews of the best new books for children and young adults. It is filled with the colorful book covers that invite you to read on. It also has articles, interviews, and editorials. You may read the magazine on line – but I recommend you subscribe to the print edition. It is a resource I share with parents and students as another way to find a good read!
This should be your first stop on The Horn Book site. It is a quick check-in on new reads. On Mondays, picture books are featured, fiction on Tuesdays, and nonfiction and poetry on Wednesdays.
As a teacher, I infuse nonfiction reading into my literacy instruction. I know kids want to learn about “real” things and make every attempt to find nonfiction mentor texts when teaching reading strategies. The Nonfiction Notes section from the Horn Books provides recommendations of recently published nonfiction books – by topic, grade levels, reading levels, and all areas of interest.
In the interviews section, you will meet many different writers and illustrators. I have found it helpful as I create an author or illustrator study with my students as it provides another opportunity beyond their own website to get to know them.