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BFFs back for more

Like Frog & Toad, Elephant & Piggie, and Ling & Ting, best friendship stories & easy readers are a perfect pair. These latest entries in noteworthy easy-reader series offer readers a chance to visit with some beloved sets of besties. For more recommended easy readers and articles about the format, click on the tag easy […]

Picture Books for Father’s Day 2019

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and if you are celebrating, here are some picture books to make Dad’s or Granddad’s day. Also be sure not to miss one of our faves of the year, My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña, and their Five Questions interview that kicked off our […]

Middle grade and YA for Pride Month 2019

These novels — some upper-middle grade and some young adult — reflect a range of experiences among LGBTQIA+ young people. Happy Pride! Find more recommendations for Pride Month reading in these featured lists of picture books, middle grade, and YA on the shiny and new Horn Book Guide Online. In The Mighty Heart of Sunny […]

Books mentioned in the June 2019 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Mariko Tamaki Skim by Mariko Tamaki, illus. by Jillian Tamaki, Groundwood, 14 years and up. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illus. by Jillian Tamaki, Roaring Brook/First Second, 10–13 years. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki, illus. by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Roaring Brook/First Second, 14 years and up. Middle […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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 […]