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Each of these books combines the voices of lots of inspiring people, whether in stories, essays, comics, or thought-provoking quotes, in order to inform and enlighten readers. Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, a lively anthology edited by Book Riot associate editor Kelly Jensen, broaches the subject of “feminism for the real world” […]

There — and back again?

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The protagonists of these adventures undertake perilous journeys (three of them via ship) in search of fantastical destinations or legendary objects — or just somewhere to belong. Kate Milford’s The Left-Handed Fate begins in 1812, with ship-captain’s daughter Lucy Bluecrowne, her nine-year-old half-brother Liao, and teenage scholar Max Ault aboard the Left-Handed Fate. England is […]

Friendly feuds

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Around the same time children are making brave first steps as independent readers, they’re also enlarging their friendship sphere. These four new early chapter books humorously tackle some classic friendship conflicts young readers may encounter — and model some possible resolutions. The answer to the titular question of Leo Landry’s What’s Up, Chuck? is: green-eyed […]

Doing their bit (backwards and in heels)

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March is Women’s History Month, and this year it feels especially vital to shine a light on the accomplishments of women and girls (see the two Ada Lovelace books below!). The following picture books celebrate women throughout history who have smashed societal expectations and restrictions. For more of The Horn Book’s Women’s History Month coverage, […]

Books mentioned in the March 2017 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Cynthia Levinson We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson, Peachtree, 12–16 years. The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson, illus. by Vanessa Brantley Newton, Atheneum, 5–8 years. Doing their bit (backwards and in heels) Doing Her Bit: […]

Last class | class #6, spring 2017

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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead Changing friendships, New York City, time travel. Mysterious notes and everyday sixth grade life. How does Rebecca Stead weave all these strands into a coherent whole? Which catch you as a reader? In addition to your comments on our final text, please share any other thoughts as we […]

Pictures and visual literacy | class #5, spring 2017

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The next adolescent lit class (February 28, 2017) focuses on visual literacy: pictures in young adult literature, in works of both fiction and nonfiction. The prompts below address the role of these books in the classroom; you might also respond to the interplay of text and pictures (or wordlessness), or to whatever engages you most […]

Life lessons in “best friend” easy readers

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As a Pre-K teacher, I want to help my students learn to socialize and make friends. Inevitably, children often pair off and become best friends as the year progresses. These relationships involve playing and experiencing great joy together. But best friends can also fight, argue, annoy, and experience sadness. I want to help children in […]

Beyond the world we know | class #4, spring 2017

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This week’s topic is “Beyond the world we know” — a category that encompasses an extensive range of books, from magical realism to science fiction to the far away places of other worlds. Jane Langton’s classic piece on fantasy from the 1973 Horn Book, “The Weak Place in the Cloth” provides an apt and lovely […]

Creature-feature apps

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These preschool-oriented apps invite young users to explore and learn with new furry (and feathered and…googly-eyed?) friends. Little Kitten opens with a brief (and optional) wordless video introducing our hero, a gray tabby kitten. Following this intro, the kitten — now in a loving home and christened “Crumbs” — plays in the child-owner’s bedroom. In […]