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Promoting good books for children and young adults is the heart of The Horn Book’s editorial mission. Archived here are annotated lists of recommended titles.

Presenting the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners

Watch this space! On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at 8:30 am EDT, The Horn Book, Inc., Editor in Chief Roger Sutton will be announcing the winners of the 2019 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, during School Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog in New York City. Watch live at Facebook.com/TheHornBook, follow us on Twitter @HornBook, and check […]

Books mentioned in the May 2019 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Life skills Alexander, Kwame  The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life Photographs by Thai Neave Gr. 4–6, middle school     172 pp.     Houghton     2017 Trade ISBN 978-0-544-57097-9 Ebook ISBN 978-1-328-69892-6 Groban, Betsy, Editor  Totally Middle School: Tales of Friends, Family, and Fitting In Gr. 4–6, middle school     181 pp.    […]

Sustainable eating

Archer, Joe and Craig, Caroline  Plant, Cook, Eat!: A Children’s Cookbook Gr. 4–6     112 pp.     Charlesbridge Archer and Craig provide an overview of different plant food sources (including roots, leaves, flowers, and stems) and then, with an emphasis on the process, explain how to grow and cook them yourself. Readers are encouraged to try new […]

Evolution

Bonner, Hannah  When Fish Got Feet, When Bugs Were Big, & When Dinos Dawned: A Cartoon Prehistory of Life on Earth Gr. 4–6     128 pp.     National Geographic New ed. Bonner’s excellent trilogy (published between 2004 and 2012) of the evolution of life from 430 to 65 million years ago — the rise and fall of […]

Review of I Am Hermes!: Mischief-Making Messenger of the Gods

I Am Hermes!: Mischief-Making Messenger of the Gods by Mordicai Gerstein; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Holiday    72 pp.    g 4/19    978-0-8234-3942-3    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4203-4    $11.99 Following I Am Pan! (rev. 5/16), here comes Pan’s father, Hermes, the messenger god, eager to tell his own story. This Hermes is handsome, insouciant, impulsive, and […]

Activists and activism

Easton, Emily  Enough!: 20 Protesters Who Changed America Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Crown Illustrated by Ziyue Chen. Each spread of this book features a person, pair, or group that became known for their change-making actions, which are briefly described in a line of text (e.g., “Colin took a knee”) and ably represented in a large […]

Life skills

Alexander, Kwame  The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life Gr. 4–6, middle school     172 pp.     Houghton Photographs by Thai Neave. Alexander turns motivational speaker in this collection organized like a basketball game, with four quarters and rules. Alexander’s narrative of his early life in sports weaves its […]

Review of Where the Heart Is

Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    294 pp.    g 4/19    978-1-5362-0003-4    $16.99 On Rachel’s thirteenth birthday, new neighbors move in, affluent dilettante “farmers” who engage her, at minimum wage, to look after their animals while they’re away during the week. She comes to love the menagerie, even Lucy, the surly […]

Review of You Are New

You Are New by Lucy Knisley; illus. by the author Preschool    Chronicle    48 pp. 3/19    978-1-4521-6156-3    $17.99 Knisley chronicled her wedding in her 2016 adult graphic-novel memoir Something New; her latest, Kid Gloves (2019), is about pregnancy; and concurrently she has authored her first picture book — about a newborn baby. In lilting, lighthearted rhyme, […]

Review of Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II

Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II by Andrea Warren Intermediate, Middle School    Ferguson/Holiday    214 pp. 3/19    978-0-8234-4151-8    $22.99 Continuing her theme of children in peril because of governmental policies outside of their control, Warren (Surviving Hitler, rev. 3/01; Escape from Saigon, […]