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Recommended baseball books

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Play ball! The books below include both fiction and nonfiction titles for a range of ages. All were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide at the time of their publication; reviews are reprinted from The Horn Book Guide Online. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For more […]

Earth Day 2017

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Earth Day and the March for Science are tomorrow! The campaign focus for Earth Day 2017 is “Environmental and Climate Literacy.” In keeping with that theme, the books below celebrate our precious planet, educate about the crises it faces, and offer age-appropriate models for environmental activism. The list includes both fiction and nonfiction titles for […]

Spring 2017 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Jeff Zentner

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This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2017 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Spring Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Carver texted his friend Mars while Mars was […]

Spring 2017 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Marcus Sedgwick

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This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2017 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Spring Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by The fortunes — indeed the lives — of […]

Spring 2017 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Shaun David Hutchinson

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This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2017 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Spring Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by In At the Edge of the Universe, Ozzie […]

Spring 2017 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Laurel Snyder

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This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2017 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Spring Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Orphan Island has nine inhabitants. No more, no […]

Spring 2017 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Steven B. Frank

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This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2017 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Spring Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Armstrong & Charlie meet when Armstrong’s parents decide […]

Patricia C. McKissack (1944–2017)

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The death of Patricia McKissack earlier this week at age 72, four years after the death of her husband and frequent collaborator Fredrick, is a huge loss to the children’s literature community. Their son Fredrick Jr.’s description is heart-achingly poignant: “In a way, I think my mother died of a broken heart.” In Roger’s review […]

Reviews of select titles by Patricia C. McKissack

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Flossie & the Fox by Patricia C. McKissack; illus. by Rachel Isadora Primary     Dial     32 pp. 10/86     0-8037-0251-5     $10.95 Library ed. 0-8037-0521-5     $10.89 Based on a story remembered from the author’s childhood, this tale of wit triumphant from the black tradition of the rural South — with its lilting cadence and colorful, carefully phrased dialect […]

Books mentioned in the April 2017 issue of Notes from the Horn Book newsletter

Five questions for David Elliott Bull by David Elliott, Houghton, 14 years and up. Tales as old as time Bone Jack by Sara Crowe, Philomel, 12–16 years. Yvain: The Knight of the Lion by M. T. Anderson, illus. by Andrea Offermann, Candlewick, 12–16 years. Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin, HarperCollins/Tegen, 14 years and […]