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August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Primary and Intermediate

Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood (Tegen/HarperCollins) “Magical maiden” Chantel’s biggest challenge in her education to become a proper and correct sorceress is “deportment.” And when Miss Ellicott and the other sorceresses disappear, the school runs out of food, and the manageress assigned by the city patriarchs plans to sell off […]

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Picture Books

Magnets Push, Magnets Pull by David A. Adler; illus. by Anna Raff (Holiday) This informative, interactive exploration of magnets and magnetism encourages readers to track down materials and investigate on their own. Each physics concept is carefully explained at just the right level and anchored in visible phenomena. Adler addresses common misconceptions or skillfully constructs […]

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Extracurriculars

Supplement school-day studies with reading for pleasure and experiential learning: Horn Book Summer Reading Summer and Children and Birds and Animals and Flowers and Trees and Bees and Books Extracurriculars from Nonfiction Notes from The Horn Book Welcome to Family Reading, a place for all families Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader From […]

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Class Notes

Go to the head of the class with our Lolly’s Classroom blog and more: Reading Is LIT: How a Classroom Project Can Impact an Entire Community Field Notes: Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School Field Notes: “This Is Too Much!” Why Verse Novels Work for Reluctant Readers Books in the Home: What […]

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Recommended Reading

Picture Books (click through for reviews) Magnets Push, Magnets Pull by David A. Adler, illus. by Anna Raff, Holiday Lucía the Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza, illus. by Alyssa Bermudez, Pow! The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain, illus. by Yuval Zommer, Quarto This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives […]

Five Questions for Mayim Bialik

You may know Mayim Bialik as one of the stars of The Big Bang Theory. Or as Blossom. Or as young Bette Midler in Beaches (*sob!*). Or as a real-life neuroscientist. Or a blogger. Or a mother. Or a *Jewish* mother! Or, now, as a YA nonfiction author of Girling Up!: How to Be Strong, […]

“Nazis. I hate these guys.”

Preaching to the choir here (Trump voters notwithstanding), but we are disgusted, enraged, and horrified by the violence and hate perpetrated by White Supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, and also by what they stand for. If you need to nourish your soul with stories of people doing good in the world, start with The Horn Book’s […]

A Quick Way to Die: Humor in Translation

by Julia Marshall For humor to work, someone has to find it funny. There are many ways to kill a book, and trying to be funny and failing would be one of the quicker yet most painful. And that includes translated books. At Gecko Press here in Wellington, we handpick children’s books by some of […]

Books mentioned in the August 2017 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Mitali Perkins You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins, Farrar, 12–16 years. Family ties Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert, Little, 14 years and up. Juniper Lemon’s Guide to Happiness by Julie Israel, Penguin/Dawson, 14 years and up. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertali, HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, 14 years and […]

Preview September/October 2017 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art from The Adventures of Sparrowboy by Brian Pinkney. Editorial by Martha V. Parravano in remembrance of Robin Smith. “To Inform and Delight: The Elements of Story.” Melissa Sweet’s 2017 Zena Sutherland Lecture. BGHB at 50: Carole Boston Weatherford looks back at the 1997 Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book winner The Adventures of Sparrowboy […]