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

Five Questions for Paul O. Zelinsky Z Is for Moose written by Kelly Bingham, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky, Greenwillow, 4–8 years. Perfect animal shenanigans Animal Masquerade by Marianne Dubuc, trans. by Yvette Ghione, Kids Can, 2–5 years. Silly Goose’s Big Story by Keiko Kasza, Putnam, 2–5 years. Ballerina Swan written by Allegra Kent, illus. […]

From the Editor – April 2012


I’m so pleased to see the “kooky chapter books” Elissa Gershowitz reviews above. First, because they’re chapter books: while there is hand-wringing about the state of picture book publication and The Hunger Games is dominating the media, chapter books—which I define in A Family of Readers as the first place “kids get to be on […]

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

Five questions for Vaunda Micheaux Nelson No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illus. by R. Gregory Christie, Carolrhoda LAB, 12 years and up. Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. MarshalI, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, […]

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

Five questions for Erin E. Stead A Sick Day for Amos McGee written by Philip Stead, illus. by Erin E. Stead, Roaring Brook/Porter, 4–8 years. And Then It’s Spring written by Julie Fogliano, illus. by Erin E. Stead, Roaring Brook/Porter, 5–8 years. Picture books about the great outdoors Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff, […]

From the Editor – March 2012

March/April Horn Book Magazine cover

It’s a pretty easy bet that you are reading this issue of Notes from the Horn Book on some kind of screen. And in the current issue of The Horn Book Magazine, we look at all the different places that children’s books are likely to be read (or heard or watched . . .) in […]

From the Editor – February 2012


I was pleased to see that the 2012 Newbery committee displayed such excellent taste in its choice of a winner (Jack Gantos’s Dead End in Norvelt), and that for one of only two Honor Books it chose a book (Eugene Yelchin’s Breaking Stalin’s Nose) I thought no one but us had even read much less […]

Books mentioned in February 2012 Notes from the Horn Book

Superman Versus the Klu Klux Klan

Five questions for Rick Bowers Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate by Rick Bowers, National Geographic, 12 years and up. Race relations Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network That Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement by Rick Bowers, […]

Books mentioned in January 2012 Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Jane Yolen Snow in Summer by Jane Yolen, Philomel, 12 years and up. More fantastic books for older readers Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst, McElderry, 14 years and up. Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Feiwel, 12 years and up. Diabolical by Cynthia Leitich Smith, Candlewick, 14 years and up. The Space […]

From the Editor – January 2012


As we all await the announcements of the ALA book awards from the Midwinter Conference in Dallas on January 23rd, don’t miss the betting and brawling at the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott blog and School Library Journal’s Heavy Medal, scoping out all things Newbery. Both blogs seem to have done their darnedest to appraise all […]

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