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How to deal

For the protagonists of these recent YA novels, school variously serves as a source of anxiety and a means to cope (healthily or otherwise) with turmoil in other parts of their lives. In Posted by John David Anderson, the administration of Branton Middle School bans cell phones, and a new, old-fashioned idea comes along: sticky […]

Back-to-school silliness

School is in session. Here are some new picture books that play up the silliness for students and teachers — including one most ridiculous substitute. For more, look to our Back-to-School Horn Book Herald and What Makes a Good School Story? newsletters. The mischievous feline star of Here Comes Teacher Cat by Deborah Underwood is […]

Time to go back to school

Labor Day weekend is about to start and so is school. Here in Boston, today is moving-in-day for most of the colleges — and the Horn Book office sits right in the middle of five: Simmons, MassArt, Wentworth, Emmanuel, and Wheelock. The Horn Book editors once again put together a great list of Back to […]

August 2017 Horn Book Herald – Back-to-School Edition

Welcome to our back-to-school issue of The Horn Book Herald, in which we chat with school-story master Andrew Clements, recommend new books for students of all ages as well as essential reading for parents and teachers, and take a break from the school-day grind with pleasure reading and extracurricular activities. Throughout the week of August […]

Five questions for Andrew Clements

I can’t think of anyone better than Andrew Clements to start off our back-to-school issue of The Horn Book Herald. Clements had been publishing picture books for ten years when his first novel, Frindle, came out in 1996. Has there been a fifth grader since who hasn’t read it? And Frindle was just the first, […]

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: High School

Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos (Holt) This biography begins with the D-Day landing, then flashes back and follows Capa and Taro through the development of photojournalism, including their documentation of the Spanish Civil War. Carefully selected and positioned photographs create […]

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Middle School

The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life by Kwame Alexander 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 way through a lively display of colorful graphics, black-and-white photographs, short […]

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Primary and Intermediate

Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood (Tegen/HarperCollins) “Magical maiden” Chantel’s biggest challenge in her education to become a proper and correct sorceress is “deportment.” And when Miss Ellicott and the other sorceresses disappear, the school runs out of food, and the manageress assigned by the city patriarchs plans to sell off […]

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Picture Books

Magnets Push, Magnets Pull by David A. Adler; illus. by Anna Raff (Holiday) This informative, interactive exploration of magnets and magnetism encourages readers to track down materials and investigate on their own. Each physics concept is carefully explained at just the right level and anchored in visible phenomena. Adler addresses common misconceptions or skillfully constructs […]

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Extracurriculars

Supplement school-day studies with reading for pleasure and experiential learning: Horn Book Summer Reading Summer and Children and Birds and Animals and Flowers and Trees and Bees and Books Extracurriculars from Nonfiction Notes from The Horn Book Welcome to Family Reading, a place for all families Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader From […]