Guide/Reviews Database

About The Horn Book Guide

Founded in 1989, The Horn Book Guide was for nearly thirty years a semi-annual print publication based on the premise of including short critical annotations of all hardcover trade children’s and young adult books published in the United States from the previous six-month period. Each book was rated on a scale from 1 to 6, and each issue was indexed by title, author/illustrator, subject, and series. In 2019, we turned our focus to our fully searchable database of Guide reviews, launching a new improved Horn Book Guide Online.

The authoritative Horn Book Guide Online, updated six times a year, offers short, critical reviews by trusted professionals of all recommended hardcover trade books published in the United States for young people. The reviews are clear and honest, brief and to the point, identifying strengths and weaknesses and rating the books on a scale from 1 to 4, with titles recommended by The Horn Book Magazine receiving the highest ratings of a 1 or 2.

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