From the Editor – November 2012

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Steve Sheinkin’s Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon is a gift for several kinds of readers: history buffs, nascent physicists, thriller fans. It’s also a gift for schools and teachers aiming to embrace the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Crossing the curriculum in surprising directions, Bomb is […]

Books mentioned in the October 2012 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

5 Questions for Libba Bray Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, Scholastic, 14–17 years. Going Bovine by Libba Bray, Delacorte, 14–17 years. The Diviners by Libba Bray, Little, 14–17 years. More left-of-center fantasy Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan, HarperTeen, 14–17 years. The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry, Amulet/Abrams, 14–17 years. Such Wicked […]

From the Editor – October 2012

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If your library is anything like the ones I worked in years ago, there were two types of holiday books we could never keep on the shelves regardless of season. Christmas books went out all year round, and books about monsters, ghouls, the Great Pumpkin and anything with a “scary story” were always in demand. […]

From the Editor – September 2012

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I’d like to invite Notes subscribers to sign up for Look Out!, our third annual Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, occurring in tandem with the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, September 28th and 29th at Simmons College here in Boston. The BGHB awards will be presented on Friday evening; the colloquium held the next day offers […]

Books mentioned in the September 2012 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five Questions for Louise Erdrich The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich, Hyperion, 8–12 years. The Game of Silence by Louise Erdrich, HarperCollins, 8–12 years. The Porcupine Year by Louise Erdrich, HarperCollins, 8–12 years. Chickadee by Louise Erdrich, HarperCollins, 8–12 years. Little Town on the Prairie written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, illus. by Garth Williams, HarperCollins, […]

Books mentioned in the August 2012 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

5 Questions for Roz Chast Marco Goes to School by Roz Chast, Atheneum, 4–7 years. Too Busy Marco by Roz Chast, Atheneum, 4–7 years. No worries back-to-school Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! by Hyewon Yum, Foster/Farrar, 4–6 years. A Gold Star for Zog by Julia Donaldson; illus. by Axel Scheffler, Levine/Scholastic, 4–6 years. […]

From the Editor – August 2012

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You, Notes readers, have told us that you want more reviews of informational books. While—of course—I will tell you again to look to our Magazine and Guide for excellent and broad coverage of nonfiction titles, I’m pleased to inform you about a new publication that will debut in October. Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book […]

From the Editor – July 2012

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The YA book boom seems to be continuing with no sign of abating, and I continue to be in awe of the Horn Book editors and reviewers who patiently (okay, maybe not always patiently — see this one trend Katie and Elissa spotted) go through them to tell you about the best. Here is some […]

Books mentioned in the July 2012 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

5 Questions for Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas written by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm, illus. by Molly Bang, Blue Sky/Scholastic, 5–8 years. Under-the-sea reading for kids In the Sea written by David Elliott, illus. by Holly Meade, Candlewick, 3–6 years. Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems written […]

From the Editor – June 2012

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While Where the Wild Things Are is (arguably? No.) the greatest Caldecott Medal winner ever, the children’s book awards from the American Library Association flourish in their own right, honoring each year’s most distinguished achievements in literature for young people. If you’re coming to the ALA convention in Anaheim, please join me for the Horn […]