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Books for Bisexual Awareness Week/Celebrate Bisexuality Day

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It’s Bisexual Awareness Week, an annual celebration and awareness-raising campaign which includes Celebrate Bisexuality Day (also called Bisexual Visibility Day; this year’s is today, September 23rd). The following YA novels and series span genres and tone, but each features main and/or secondary characters who are bisexual or whose sexual attraction is fluid. All were recommended […]

Picture books for International Day of Peace

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Today is the UN’s International Day of Peace, an annual day “devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.” Celebrate — and share a hope for peace for all — by reading these picture books about compassion, community, and interconnectedness with a child in your life. All were […]

Books mentioned in the September 2016 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Vera Brosgol Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol, Roaring Brook/First Second, 12–16 years. Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol, Roaring Brook, 5–8 years. Books behaving badly This Book Is Out of Control! by Richard Byrne, Holt, 4–7 years. We’re in the Wrong Book! by Richard Byrne, Holt, 4–7 years. This Book Just Ate […]

Books mentioned in the August 2016 issue of What Makes a Good…?

What Makes a Good School Story? Picture Books Bean, Jonathan This Is My Home, This Is My School 48 pp.     Farrar     2015     ISBN 978-0-374-38020-5 Bell, Cece Chuck and Woodchuck 32 pp.     Candlewick     2016     ISBN 978-0-7636-7524-0 Bottner, Barbara Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t) Illustrated by Michael Emberley 32 pp.     Knopf     2010     ISBN 978-0-375-84682-3 Library […]

Books mentioned in the August 2016 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illus. by Nate Powell, Top Shelf, 14 years and up. Historical crossroads Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man Who Invented the Wild West by Candace Fleming, Roaring Brook/Porter, 12–16 years. In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden […]

Books mentioned in the July 2016 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Lauren Wolk Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk, Dutton, 10–13 years. The past made personal Brave like My Brother by Marc Tyler Nobleman, Scholastic, 7–10 years. Makoons [Birchbark House] by Louise Erdrich, HarperCollins/Harper, 8–11 years. Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm, Random, 8–11 years. Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm, Random, 8–11 […]

Books mentioned in the July 2016 issue of What Makes a Good…?

What Makes a Good Page-Turner? Primary Fiction and Nonfiction Broach, Elise  James to the Rescue! [Masterpiece Adventures] Illustrated by Kelly Murphy 104 pp.     Holt/Ottaviano     2015     ISBN 978-1-62779-316-2 Ebook ISBN 978-1-62779-317-9 Cronin, Doreen  The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken: The Next Misadventure [Chicken Squad] Illustrated by Kevin Cornell 103 pp.     Atheneum     2014     ISBN 978-1-4424-9679-8 Ebook […]

Shark Week 2016

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This week is the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week (“the most wonderful week of the year!”). Take a bite out of this updated selection of shark-themed books, ranging from novels to legends to nonfiction and from silly to informative to poignant. All were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine or Guide at the time of […]

Transgender lives

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Last November Ellen Wittlinger — author of Parrotfish, the first young adult novel starring a transgender protagonist — took a second look at her groundbreaking book and concluded: “Parrotfish Needed an Update: The Rapidly Changing Language of Transgender Awareness.” Along with her article, we posted a roundup of available books for children and teens featuring […]

Happy World Giraffe Day!

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It’s World Giraffe Day, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation’s “worldwide celebration of these amazing and much loved animals” and “annual event to raise support, create awareness and shed light on the challenges giraffes face in the wild.” Go donate to the GCF to help save giraffes, then meet some new (and very tall!) friends in the […]