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Arts and letters

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STEM’s great and all, but these picture-book biographies — about two fine artists, a musician, and a wordsmith — show that a career in arts and letters can be more than just a dream. In Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois, Amy Novesky presents an exquisite portrait of modern artist Louise Bourgeois, who […]

YA with pride

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June is LGBT Pride Month. Before, during, and after the parades have been attended and the rainbow cakes baked, readers can find queer-centric tales of love, struggle, and discovering one’s identity in the following books. It’s Pride Week in San Francisco in Nina LaCour and David Levithan’s You Know Me Well, and high-school seniors Mark […]

RIP Ali

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He was the greatest. Remember The Champ with these biographies, all recommended at their time of publication by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide. Reviews reprinted from The Horn Book Guide Online. Primary Bolden, Tonya  The Champ: The Story of Muhammad Ali Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Knopf     2004 Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. This carefully […]

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

Five questions for Tim Federle Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle, Simon, 8–12 years. Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle, Simon, 8–12 years. The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle, Simon, 14 years and up. YA with pride You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan, St. Martin’s Griffin, 14 years […]

Review of Frank and Lucky Get Schooled

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Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins; 
illus. by the author Primary    Greenwillow    32 pp. 6/16    978-0-06-237345-8    $17.99 Frank is having a terrible, horrible, no good etc. day, but then he gets Lucky — a pooch from the pound who becomes Frank’s faithful companion in the business of learning about the world. The […]

Hansel and Gretel app review

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If you’re in the mood to be a little bit scared, a little bit charmed, and maybe a little bit hungry for sugary houses, the Hansel and Gretel app by Fusee (2015) might just be for you. On each page of this adaptation, you can listen to the (sometimes forced) rhyming text and follow along; […]

2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards press release

2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winners

THE 2016 BOSTON GLOBE–HORN BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED June 2, 2016, Boston, MA — The 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners were announced today by The Boston Globe and The Horn Book in a video presentation that was launched on hbook.com at 11am. In their fiftieth year, the Boston Globe–Horn Book awards are among the […]

Preview July/August 2016 Horn Book Magazine

July/August 2016 Horn Book Magazine

Special Issue: Awards Beautiful original cover art by 2016 Caldecott Medal winner Sophie Blackall. Happy Birthday, Ashley Bryan: A poem by Nikki Giovanni. “The Year in Pictures” and “The Year in Words”: critics Julie Danielson and Betsy Bird discuss the books of 2015. Jerry Pinkney’s Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal acceptance speech. Children’s literature scholar Barbara […]

Review of You Never Heard of 
Casey Stengel?!

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You Never Heard of 
Casey Stengel?! by Jonah Winter; illus. by Barry Blitt Primary, Intermediate    Schwartz & Wade/Random    
40 pp. 3/16    978-0-375-87013-2    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-375-97013-9    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-375-98748-9    $10.99 Winter’s latest baseball book (You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!, rev. 3/09; You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!, rev. 1/13) hits the shelves just […]

Nonfiction Reviews of 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

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Nonfiction Winner Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret 
History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin Middle School, High School   Roaring Brook   361 pp. 9/15   978-1-59643-952-8   $19.99   g Without a wasted word or scene, and with the timing and prowess of a writer of thrillers, Sheinkin takes on a spectacularly complex story — and […]