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Archives for November 2017

“When’s Thanksgiving?”

(with apologies to julie fogliano) when’s thanksgiving? where’s thanksgiving? when’s our out-of-office living? is it in a couple hours? is it far or is it near? we’ll have turkey or tofurky and a break from worky worky, ‘cause we’re thankful for our bookwork but our sleepy sleep is dear.

When’s My Birthday?

Here’s a book that was a big hit in the Horn Book office from the start, so I feel lucky to get to write about it here. It’s told by a soon-to-be six-year-old (perhaps; or perhaps by multiple children) anticipating a birthday. Julie Fogliano’s verse in all lower-case letters and minimal punctuation demands to be read […]


Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, which honors those who have died as a result of anti-transgender violence. Katie’s Out of the Box post from last week is rich with links not only to trans- and queer-related articles and reviews from the Horn Book but also to organizations and recommended reading from all over. This […]

Native American Heritage Month 2017 resources

November is Native American Heritage Month, a celebration of the many varied Native American cultures. Check out the official website for more information and lots of resources. Here are some additional articles and links from The Horn Book’s archives and beyond. Resources on representation of Native Americans in children’s books Family Reading: “Change happens when […]

Review of Windows

Windows by Julia Denos; illus. by E. B. Goodale Preschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 10/17    978-0-7636-9035-9    $15.99 “At the end of the day, before the town goes to sleep… / you can take a walk, out your door / into the almost-night.” A brown-skinned child puts on a red hoodie and heads out to take the […]

Week in Review, November 13th – 17th

This week on… Chelsea Sedoti Talks with Roger Foreign Correspondence: “The Little Bookroom” by Margaret Robson Kett Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon Klassen Fiction: Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley Nonfiction: Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth by Nicola Davies; illus. by […]

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

Writing and reporting Bodden, Valerie  The Muckrakers: Ida Tarbell Takes on Big Business [Hidden Heroes] Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library      2017 Library binding ISBN 978-1-68078-388-9 Ebook ISBN 978-1-68079-741-1 Giff, Patricia Reilly  Writing with Rosie: You Can Write a Story Too Gr. 4–6     69 pp.     Holiday     2016 Trade ISBN 978-0-8234-3656-9 Macy, Sue  […]

Native American history

Burling, Alexis  Occupying Alcatraz: Native American Activists Demand Change Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Hidden Heroes series. Well-paced chapters with archival photos examine Native American activists’ first attempt to occupy Alcatraz in 1964, the history of their struggles with non-Native settlers and the U.S. government, and the seeds of activism in the […]

Insects and invertebrates

Aston, Dianna Hutts  A Beetle Is Shy Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Chronicle Illustrated by Sylvia Long. Larger-than-life watercolor illustrations of colorful, gem-like beetles are framed by poetic text describing their features and behaviors. This exploration of beetle biodiversity showcases their “kaleidoscopic” colors; their range of stature (“A beetle is colossal… / or microscopic”); their lively […]


Baxter, Roberta  Sedimentary Rocks Gr. 4–6     24 pp.     Child’s McCarthy, Cecilia Pinto  Metamorphic Rocks Gr. 4–6     24 pp.     Child’s Watts, Pam  The Rock Cycle Gr. 4–6     24 pp.     Child’s York, M. J.  Igneous Rocks Gr. 4–6     24 pp.     Child’s Geology Rocks! series. These books present middle graders with basic information about rocks (in somewhat choppy […]