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Preview November/December 2017 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art by James Ransome from The Nutcracker in Harlem by T. E. McMorrow. Elissa Gershowitz interviews game studies and comparative media studies expert Kishonna L. Gray about the need for diverse games, diverse books, diverse everything. Foreign Correspondence: Summer Edward goes beyond the “Four Fs” in a call for Caribbean Own Voices. The Writer’s […]

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

Five questions for Deborah Noyes The Magician and the Spirits: Harry Houdini and the Curious Pastime of Communicating with the Dead by Deborah Noyes, Viking, 11–14 years. Supernaturally good scares Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds, Candlewick, 11–14 years. The Wrong Train by Jeremy de Quidt, illus. by Dave Shelton, […]

Updated booklist for Indigenous Peoples Day

It’s Indigenous Peoples Day! We urge you — today and all year — to seek out and share books respectfully representing and honoring the multitude of indigenous North American peoples and cultures. For an extensive resource by both a cultural insider and a children’s literature scholar, please visit Debbie Reese’s website American Indians in Children’s […]

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

Children around the world Diaz, Natalia and Owens, Melissa  A Ticket Around the World Illustrated by Kim Smith Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Owlkids     2015 Trade ISBN 978-1-77147-051-3 Lamothe, Matt  This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Chronicle     2017 Trade ISBN […]

Outdoor activities

Buchmann, Stephen Honey Bees: Letters from the Hive Middle school, high school     213 pp.     Delacorte In this adaptation of his adult book Letters from the Hive, bee scientist and beekeeper Buchmann details the history of humans and honey. The informative text touches on such topics as technological developments in beekeeping, bee species around the world, […]

Horn Book Magazine covers by BGHB winners and honorees

The Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature. Beginning in 2000, the January/February issue of The Horn Book Magazine has typically featured art by one of the previous year’s winners/honorees; we’ve collected these special covers below. For much more on the awards’ fifty-year […]

Paleontology

Alonso, Juan Carlos and Paul, Gregory S.  The Late Jurassic: Notes, Drawings, and Observations from Prehistory Gr. 4–6     113 pp.     Walter Foster Illustrated by Juan Carlos Alonso. Ancient Earth Journal series. Dinosaur species that lived 162–145 million years ago are documented in gorgeous, detailed illustrations set on pages like a naturalist’s journal. After introductions to […]

Awe-inspiring athletes

Ancona, George  Boys Dancing: From School Gym to Theater Stage Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Candlewick Follow four boys as they rehearse for the National Dance Institute of New Mexico’s multi-school literature-themed recital. Ancona shows the joy, as well as the hard work, discipline, and strength of this art form. Large color photos of the boys […]

Women in computing

Edwards, Sue Bradford and Harris, Duchess  Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Hidden Heroes series. This well-researched volume examines the overlooked history of black women who worked for NASA as “human computers.” Despite their essential research and diligence, the women faced segregation and unequal opportunities […]

Children around the world

Diaz, Natalia and Owens, Melissa  A Ticket Around the World Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Owlkids Illustrated by Kim Smith. A backpack-wearing cartoon boy invites readers to join him on a varied trip around the world, visiting friends in thirteen countries and partaking in bustling events such as Carnival and Botswana Day. Each spread shows a […]