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July’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter

July’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter has 5Q for author Kate Klise and illustrator M. Sarah Klise on their latest picture book collaboration, Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List. More goodness in this issue: new picture books that capture the mood of summertime fun intermediate novels in which child characters define their […]

From the Editor — July 2017

In case you need some mid-point inspiration for your summer reading, sign up for the August 9th SLJTeen Live! virtual conference devoted to YA literature. Speakers include Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Reshma Saujani, and Barry Lyga; panel discussants include such Horn Book favorites as Tanya Lee Stone, Ibi Zoboi, Jason Reynolds, and Angie Thomas. It’s free […]

June Notes is on the way!

June’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter has 5Q for author Susan Juby on her newest novel, The Fashion Committee. In this issue you’ll also find welcome new love-story additions to the canon of queer YA preschool books celebrating the warmth between children and their father figures summery science nonfiction picture books on the birds […]

From the Editor – June 2017

Kwame Alexander was kind enough to join me in announcing the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards in New York on May 31st. And I hope you will join us for the BGHB Awards ceremony and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium on October 6th and 7th in Boston. Our theme this year is “Resistance: Children’s Books […]

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 […]