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Archives for September 2017

Week in Review, September 25th – 29th

This week on hbook.com… Gallery of Horn Book Magazine covers by BGHB winners and honorees Ryan T. Higgins Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Home in the Rain by Bob Graham Fiction: You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins Nonfiction: Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters by Michael Mahin; illus. by […]

Not so simple gifts

Jeez, we didn’t get into any trouble at all the last time we criticized a First Lady, but clearly times have changed. I wanted to state that I am very proud that the Horn Book published Liz Phipps Soeiro’s  open letter to Melania Trump. It was polite, constructive, informative, and well-reasoned. Not so for all […]

Paging Miss Manners

We were prepared for Tuesday’s letter to FLOTUS post to maybe stir things up, but this is insane — the pot is boiling over! And a lot of people seem to be missing the point. To all who are concerned about manners, common courtesy, rudeness, gratitude, and how our contributor was or wasn’t raised: the […]

The Schneider Report

I’m on the 2018 Caldecott Committee this year, and here’s what we like so far… …Just kidding! I can’t do that. I can’t talk about committee work, or what titles have been suggested, or what books are gaining traction, etc. But I can talk about general things that most picture book people find interesting, much […]

Ryan T. Higgins Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by Mother Bruce, not to mention his creator, Ryan T. Higgins, had no idea he would be starring in a series of picture books, but he is probably grumpy about that. […]

Review of Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters

Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters by Michael Mahin; illus. by Evan Turk Primary, Intermediate    Atheneum    48 pp. 9/17    978-1-4814-4349-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-4350-0    $10.99 McKinley “Muddy Waters” Morganfield (1915–1983) is known for his role in establishing the musical genre known as the “Chicago blues.” This picture-book biography begins with his childhood in […]

Books mentioned in the September 2017 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Children around the world Diaz, Natalia and Owens, Melissa  A Ticket Around the World Illustrated by Kim Smith Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Owlkids     2015 Trade ISBN 978-1-77147-051-3 Lamothe, Matt  This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Chronicle     2017 Trade ISBN […]

Outdoor activities

Buchmann, Stephen Honey Bees: Letters from the Hive Middle school, high school     213 pp.     Delacorte In this adaptation of his adult book Letters from the Hive, bee scientist and beekeeper Buchmann details the history of humans and honey. The informative text touches on such topics as technological developments in beekeeping, bee species around the world, […]

Dear Mrs. Trump

Dear Mrs. Trump, Thank you for the ten Dr. Seuss titles that you sent my school library in recognition of this year’s National Read a Book Day. (Sent second-day air, no less! That must have been expensive.) I’m proud that you recognized my school as something special. It truly is. Our beautiful and diverse student […]

“Dear Mrs. Trump” booklist

Mrs. Trump, you sent ten picture books, so I will recommend ten as well — but there are so many more! My wish is that these books will help you see:  the beautiful resilience of children who stand up to racism and oppression and for social justice and reform; children who are trying to connect […]