Letter to the Editor, January/February 2014


November/December 2013 Horn Book It was terrific to see Uri Shulevitz’s new book, Dusk, featured on the November/December 2013 cover. What joyous lights gleam through the winter nights as dusk falls quickly! This magnificent book is a wonderful companion to Shulevitz’s Dawn, which, in a gentle manner, paints the coming of light into this world. […]

What Makes a Good Horse Book?

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Black Beauty. The Black Stallion. My Friend Flicka. National Velvet. Add in basically anything written by Marguerite Henry (Misty of Chincoteague), and you’ll see that horses hold a beloved place in 
classical children’s literature. But what qualities make a contemporary horse book stand out? For children who long to own a horse but can’t have […]

Books About Africa

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We adults know, of course, that Africa is a continent, not a country. Also that it is diverse, full of real people and places that are varied and distinct. We know of its beauty and of its harshness. And perhaps most of all, we adults are highly aware of its complicated historical relationship with North […]

Review of March: Book One

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March: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. by Nate Powell Middle School, High School   Top Shelf Productions   128 pp. 8/13   978-1-60309-300-2   $14.95 Congressman John Lewis — the last surviving member of the “Big Six” civil rights leaders — recounts his formative years in this first volume of a planned trilogy. The book […]

Editorial: Books for the Ages

In Rita Williams-Garcia’s P. S. Be Eleven, included on this year’s Fanfare list of the best books of 2013, Delphine, inspired by the example of an admired teacher, decides she is going to read Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. But Delphine’s mother Nzila, a complicated woman living semi-estranged from the family in far-away Oakland, cautions her […]

The Horn Book Magazine — January/February 2014

January/February 2014 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents   Features 12 Horn Book Fanfare Our choices for the best books of 2013. 23 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Gallery 2013 Celebrating the year’s winners and honor books. 24 Nonfiction 30 Picture Book 36 Fiction Monica Edinger 52 Books About Africa Showing young readers the real Africa. Columns Roger Sutton 9 Editorial […]

Review of Tap the Magic Tree

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Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson; 
illus. by the author Preschool   Greenwillow   40 pp. 9/13   978-0-06-227445-8   $15.99 The book begins with a “bare brown tree,” its outstretched branches and twisting trunk shown against a crisp white page. In order to see the tree’s “magic,” the text instructs readers or listeners to “tap it once”; […]

What’s New 
About New Adult?

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Coming of age. Sexuality. Relationships. All are part of the teen experience, and all are part of literature for and about teens. Recently, though, there’s been an uptick in books published for the eighteen-and-up readership — labeled “New Adult” (NA) — that traverse these issues with more drama and explicit sexuality than even the most […]

Hand in Hand: Author Andrea Davis Pinkney’s 2013 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

Hand in Hand

Anyone who has dared to reach for a far-off horizon knows what it takes. It takes a mighty pair of hands to craft a chain, build a bridge, make a change. It takes a mighty pair of hands to seize an opportunity. To grab a ball and run with it. To hold on tight as […]

Dreaming Up: Author/Illustrator Christy Hale’s 2013 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

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Many summers ago I studied painting in Barcelona. I visited several Antoni Gaudí buildings but was awestruck by La Sagrada Família. The fluid, twisting turrets were unlike anything I’d ever seen — except maybe a sandcastle. Gaudí’s work is as playful and exuberant as a child’s. Dreaming Up is my celebration of the ways that […]