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April’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter

No bull: in this month’s newsletter Elissa Gershowitz has five questions for author David Elliott about his job as a cucumber washer, Poseidon’s potty mouth, and whether we’ll get to see Bull: The Musical. In this issue you’ll also find: • more YA retellings of old tales • picture books about small acts of kindness […]

From the Editor – April 2017

Don’t miss the annual special issue of The Horn Book Magazine, this year on the theme of humor. Wow, that sounds deadly. But it isn’t, trust me! Along with mostly-serious articles about how and why to be funny in books for young people, we’ve also solicited some of our author and illustrator friends to tell […]

March’s Notes from the Horn Book

This month’s newsletter features five questions for author Cynthia Levinson, who tells the story of a nine-year-old civil rights demonstrator in her new picture book The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist. More in this issue: • Doing their bit (backwards and in heels): picture books for Women’s […]

From the Editor – March 2017

I’m completely taken with the “Reading Without Walls” challenge made by our National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang. Gene is asking something very simple of each of us: to read one book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you OR read one book about subject you don’t […]

February’s Notes from the Horn Book

In February’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter — coming your way soon, subscribers! — we chat with author and 2017 Wilder Award winner Nikki Grimes about her new book One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance. More goodies in this issue: • middle-school books delving deeply into the U.S.’s history of institutionalized racism […]

From the Editor – February 2017

To commemorate Black History Month, we are highlighting specific articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book, past and present, that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field — one a day through the month of February, with a roundup on Fridays. Look for the social media tag #HBBlackHistoryMonth17 […]

January’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter

A new year means a new newsletter! This time around we chat with Andrea Davis Pinkney about her new Ezra Jack Keats biography, A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day. You’ll also find • more snowy-day picture books • chapter books with determined everygirl heroines […]

From the Editor – January 2017

It is ALA awards month, and I hope you can join us at the association’s Midwinter Conference in Atlanta, January 20th through 24th. The Horn Book will be at booth #2117 in the exhibit hall, and executive editor Martha V. Parravano and I will be making the rounds and picking up the gossip. (Unfortunately, MVP […]

November’s Notes from the Horn Book

November’s Notes from the Horn Book is on its way to subscribers now! We kick things off with 5Q for Nicola Yoon on her new novel The Sun Is Also a Star. In this issue you’ll also find: • YA stories of finding love in troubled times • “wonderfall” seasonal picture books • illustrated artist […]

From the Editor – October 2016

I hope you can join The Horn Book this Saturday at the Boston Book Festival in Copley Square and its environs. Courtesy of our friends at The Boston Globe, we have a booth (#61, prime placement right outside the Boston Public Library), so come say hello and pick up some swag, including issues of The […]