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Star-crossed love

Space, time, war, death, capricious gods: teen protagonists defy cosmic forces to be together in these out-of-the-ordinary love stories. On a Sunbeam, Tillie Walden’s serial webcomic turned epic graphic novel, follows two alternating, far-future timelines. In the first, eighteen-year-old Mia seeks her place among the tight-knit crewmates of a spacecraft; five years earlier, at an […]

Picture book love and community

These new picture books model self-love, strength in community, and pride in identity for very young children of color. Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel, illustrated by Shane W. Evans, is an affirmation of self-love for children of color. An exuberant brown-skinned girl recounts many situations in which she puts her “hands up”: playing peek-a-boo, […]

Celebrating Black History 2019

February is Black History Month. The following nonfiction titles present informative, inspirational, and moving stories about notable African American people and events, to be shared with readers all year long. See also our Five Questions interview with Claire Hartfield, winner of the 2019 Coretta Scott King Author Award for A Few Red Drops: The Chicago […]

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

Five questions for Claire Hartfield A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield, Clarion, 12–16 years. Celebrating Black History 2019 The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illus. by Kadir Nelson, Houghton/Versify, 8–14 years. We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, ed. by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, illus. by […]

Happy Anniversary: I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip.

Our new column celebrates noteworthy book anniversaries. I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip. by John Donovan (1928–1992) was published by Harper & Row in 1969. It celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2019. Happy birthday, I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip.! You’re fifty years old in 2019 (and your young […]

Happy World Read Aloud Day

…one of our favorite days of the year! To help you celebrate, here are some recommended books, Horn Book Fanfare 2018 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners 2019 ALAYMA winners Board Book Roundup: Treasure Hunting in the Public Library by Julie Roach (September/October 2018 Magazine) The 2019 Robin Smith Picture Book Prize by Dean Schneider […]

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

General knowledge 13½ Incredible Things You Need to Know About Everything Gr. 4–6, middle school     176 pp.     DK     2017 Trade ISBN 978-1-4654-6112-4 DiPiazza, Francesca Davis  Fandom: Fic Writers, Vidders, Gamers, Artists, and Cosplayers Middle school, high school     120 pp.     Twenty-First Century     2018 Trade ISBN 978-1-5124-5049-1 Ebook ISBN 978-1-5124-9887-5 Esbaum, Jill  Little Kids First Big Book […]

Graphic biographies and memoirs

Agrimbau, Diego  Anne Frank Illustrated by Fabián Mezquita. Gr. 4–6     80 pp.     Capstone Agrimbau, Diego  Leonardo da Vinci Illustrated by Diego Aballay. Gr. 4–6     80 pp.     Capstone Graphic Library: Graphic Lives series. These graphic novels detail the lives of the titular historical figures, with emphasis on events that garnered each the most notoriety. The comic-book […]

Weather and climate

de Seve, Karen  Little Kids First Big Book of Weather Gr. K–3     128 pp.     National Geographic A comprehensive, age-appropriate exploration of hot, cold, windy, cloudy, and rainy weather, with activities and games to reinforce the concepts at the conclusion of each chapter. An eclectic mix of appealing color photographs augments the text, and sidebars throughout […]

Exploring our oceans

Cottman, Michael H.  Shackles from the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy Gr. 4–6, middle school     127 pp.     National Geographic The ship Henrietta Marie transported enslaved Africans from 1698 until its sinking in 1700. The African American author traces the ship’s path from port to […]