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Personal and global economics

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Bailey, Gerry and Law, Felicia  World Money Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Norwood Bailey, Gerry and Law, Felicia  Your Money Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Norwood Whitehead, William  Family Money Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Norwood Whitehead, William, Law, Felicia, and Bailey, Gerry  Country Money Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Norwood Illustrated by Mark Beech. How Money Works series. […]

Natural resources at risk

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Bang, Molly and Chisholm, Penny  Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth Gr. K–3, 4–6     48 pp.     Scholastic/Blue Sky Illustrated by Molly Bang. Bang and Chisholm explain the production and consumption of fossil fuels, along with the consequences of all that energy use: climate change. The sun serves as narrator describing the relationship […]

Domestic animals

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Heos, Bridget  Do You Really Want a Guinea Pig? Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Amicus Illustrated Heos, Bridget  Do You Really Want a Lizard? Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Amicus Illustrated Heos, Bridget  Do You Really Want a Snake? Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Amicus Illustrated Heos, Bridget  Do You Really Want a Turtle? Gr. K–3     24 pp. […]

Presidential biographies

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Brennan, Linda Crotta  Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Presidency Middle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner Goddu, Krystyna Poray  George Washington’s Presidency Middle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner Rowell, Rebecca  John F. Kennedy’s Presidency Middle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner Wittekind, Erika  James Madison’s Presidency Middle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner Presidential Powerhouses series. […]

Horn Book at Boston Book Festival 2016

The Horn Book at Boston Book Festival 2016. Booth #61. Photo: Shoshana Flax

Shoshana Flax For once, my Boston Book Festival experience began with a panel of adult authors. Robin Young moderated the kickoff panel Friday evening: “Storytelling for Page and Screen” with Emma Donoghue, Maria Semple, and Tom Perrotta. The authors shared their varied experiences of having their books made into movies (Donoghue’s Room; Semple’s forthcoming Where’d […]

Reviews of select books written and/or illustrated by Melissa Sweet

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The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant; illus. by Melissa Sweet Primary    Eerdmans    48 pp. 9/14    978-0-8028-5385-1    $17.50 Apt language and ingenious imagery combine to tell the life story of Peter Mark Roget, creator of the thesaurus. A solitary, though not unhappy, child, Roget spends his time keeping lists and ordering the […]

Aaron Becker on Return

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In our September/October 2016 issue, we asked author/illustrator Aaron Becker about a possible cameo in his new picture book Return. Read the full review here, along with reviews of the previous volumes Journey and Quest. Horn Book Editors: Is the father in the story you? Aaron Becker: In a sense, yes. But I think I […]

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2016

Baby Matt watches his father. Photo courtesy Matt de la Peña.

National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time for “paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society,” draws to a close this week. For more information and a calendar of events, visit the National Hispanic Heritage Month website. Here are some interviews, recommended books, and articles from […]

Books for Indigenous Peoples Day

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It’s Indigenous Peoples Day! Here’s a selection of books featuring a range of indigenous North American peoples and cultures — the majority by Native authors and illustrators — to be shared today and every day. Board books were recommended in our quarterly “Board Book Roundup” column. All others were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine […]

Books mentioned in the October 2016 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Skila Brown To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party by Skila Brown, Candlewick, 14 years and up. Caminar by Skila Brown, Candlewick, 11–14 years. Slickety Quick: Poems About Sharks by Skila Brown, illus. by Bob Kolar, Candlewick, 5–8 years. Historical horror stories The Passion of […]