Language and literature

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Becker, Helaine AlphaBest: The Zany, Zanier, Zaniest Book About Comparatives and Superlatives Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Kids Can Illustrated by Dave Whamond. Adjectival comparatives and superlatives from angry, angrier, angriest to zany, zanier, zaniest are presented alongside energetic cartoons of carnival scenes. Some pages require a careful look to discern the connection between word and […]

Archaeology

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Athans, Sandra K. Secrets of the Sky Caves: Danger and Discovery on Nepal’s Mustang Cliffs Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Millbrook The “sky caves” were dug into cliff faces in Nepal’s Mustang region roughly one-thousand years ago. Variously used as living and burial spaces, the caves remained unexplored and unused for centuries until they were unearthed […]

Presidents and their families

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Gherman, Beverly First Mothers Gr. K–3     64 pp.    Clarion Illustrated by Julie Downing. This book provides a fascinating perspective on U.S. presidents by focusing on the personalities and influences of their mothers. Each mom has her own section, descriptive epithet (e.g., Barbara Pierce Bush, “The Outspoken Mother”), amusing anecdote, and cartoonlike portrait; sidebars in varying […]

Black History Month

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Aretha, David The Story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Photographs Gr. 4–6     48 pp.    Enslow Aretha, David The Story of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement in Photographs Gr. 4–6     48 pp.    Enslow Aretha, David The Story of the Civil Rights Freedom Rides in Photographs Gr. 4–6     48 pp.    Enslow Aretha, David […]

Books mentioned in the January 2015 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for A.S. King Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King, Little, Brown, 14 years and up. Fierce females Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle, Houghton, 14 years and up. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, Simon Pulse, 14 years and up. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer, Dutton, 14 years […]

2014 in review

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Happy New Year! We hope your 2015 is full of great books (and good book discussion!). Before we ring in 2015, though, let’s take a look back at 2014 — we had a very busy year! Comment and let us know the bookish highlights of your year. ALA 2014 BGHB 2014 Blogs Read Roger Lolly’s […]

Horn Book Magazine – January/February 2015

January/February 2015 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents Features Horn Book Fanfare Our choices for the best books of 2014. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Gallery 2014 Celebrating the year’s winners and honor books. Columns Editorial “Why #WNDB” by Roger Sutton “We Need Diverse Books” is more than just a hashtag. A Second Look “The Planet of Junior Brown” by Barbara […]

‘Tis the season…

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…to get in some leisure reading! Here’s what we’ll be reading during our lazy vacation days and holiday travel. Katie: I have long flights to California and back. My preferred plane reading is adult mystery and horror, so I’m hoping to pick up Tana French’s Broken Harbor (the fourth book in her Dublin Murder Squad […]

Knock Knock: Daniel Beaty and Bryan Collier’s 2014 BGHB PB Honor Speech

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Remarks delivered by editor Alvina Ling. On behalf of Daniel Beaty and Bryan Collier, I’d like to accept this honor for Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me. Thank you to Roger Sutton and to the committee — Nina, Claire, and Amy — for recognizing this quiet, serious, fairly dark, but ultimately uplifting book. Awards […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2014

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Although we didn’t plan it this way, this year’s Fanfare, the Horn Book’s list of the best books for children and teens published in 2014, has something for just about everyone. From a picture book about a bus driver to another about a haunted dog to a historical novel about Baba Yaga to a contemporary […]