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The Horn Book Magazine — September/October 2013

Table of Contents   Features Barbara Bader 11 Persons of Interest The untold rewards of picture book biographies. Ariel Baker-Gibbs and Deirdre Baker 28 Sign in Print The unique challenges American Sign Language presents for writers. Christina Chant Sullivan 51 Disturbing (or Not?) Young Adult Fiction A middle school teacher’s mixed feelings about assigning “disturbing” […]

Editorial: Books Built from the Ground Up

I thought I was just doing a solid for a colleague when, over on Read Roger, I  posted a link to a provocative post on Lee & Low’s blog that asked, “Why Hasn’t the Number of Multicultural Books Increased in Eighteen Years?” Lee & Low, whose publisher Jason Low was interviewed in these pages in […]

Bramble Berry Tales Book 1: The Story of Kalkalilh app review

Loud Crow launches its Bramble Berry Tales series with the debut storybook app, The Story of Kalkalilh (August 2013) based on a myth from the oral tradition of the Squamish, indigenous people of southwestern British Columbia, Canada. During a visit with their grandparents in the Rocky Mountains, rebellious Lily gets up in the middle of […]

2012-2013 yearbook superlatives

Summer is ending and the new school year is looming. What better way to avoid thinking about school starting than by reflecting on the year that was? Here are our senior superlatives for characters in the class of 2012-2013. What superlative would you award your favorite character? Most artistic: Ivan the gorilla (from The One […]

March on Washington fiftieth anniversary

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech. To celebrate, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite fiction and nonfiction books about the march, the speech, and the great man himself. In Shane W. Evans‘s picture book We March, a mother and […]

Remembering Marc Simont

Anne Hoppe, editor of Marc Simont’s 2002 Caldecott Honor Book The Stray Dog, spoke at the memorial held for the acclaimed illustrator in Old Cornwall, Connecticut, on August 24, 2013. We are honored to share her remarks with our readers. For more from The Horn Book about Monsieur Simont, click here. I’ve been a children’s […]

Molly Idle on Flora and the Flamingo

Here’s where Roger Talks with Molly Idle. In the July/August 2013 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Elissa Gershowitz asked Flora and the Flamingo author/illustrator Molly Idle where Flora gets her groove. Read the starred review here. Elissa Gershowitz: Is there music in your head to accompany the story? (I hear the Sugar Plum Fairy song.) Molly […]

Review of Flora and the Flamingo

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Chronicle    40 pp. 3/13    978-1-4521-1006-6    $16.99 A little girl, a pink flamingo, some decorative cherry blossoms, and singular lift-the-flaps contribute to a unique wordless picture book. On the title-page spread, a flamingo gracefully touches down en pointe. The next spread shows the […]

Books for back to school

Summer is winding to a close (boo!), which means it’s almost time for school to start (yay?). We’ve updated our recommended back-to-school reading list with picture books, easy readers, chapter books, and novels so students from preschool to high school can get back in the swing of things. All of the titles were published in […]

Back-to-school reading

The books recommended below were published within the last several years. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. Picture books Suggested grade level listed with each entry Bailey written and illus. by Harry Bliss (Scholastic) Bailey loves school. Then again, he’s the only dog at Champlain Elementary. Straightforward sentences tell […]