Notes from the Horn Book

April’s Notes issue

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In our April edition of Notes from the Horn Book, we’re celebrating National Poetry Month by chatting with poet Nikki Grimes about her new picture book, Poems in the Attic. Other goodies in this issue: more poetry books for primary and intermediate readers spring-y picture books about birds grrl-power intermediate and middle-school fiction YA about […]

Books mentioned in the April 2015 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Nikki Grimes Poems in the Attic by Nikki Grimes, illus. by Elizabeth Zunon, Lee & Low, 5–8 years. A Pocketful of Poems by Nikki Grimes, illus. by Javaka Steptoe, Clarion, 5–8 years. Versatile verse Wonton and Chopstick by Lee Wardlaw, illus. by Eugene Yelchin, Holt, 5–8 years. A Poem in Your Pocket […]

From the Editor – April 2015

The Academy of American Poets chose wisely back in 1996 when they designated April as National Poetry Month. A book of poetry is the perfect choice for outdoor reading in spring. You can open to one page and put your hands back in your pockets to warm while you read. You can pay attention to […]

Versatile verse

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National Poetry Month (better known as April) celebrates a form that can be used in myriad ways to explore any topic imaginable. Here are two collections of poems with themes in common, and two books that use poetry to help tell a larger story. A kitty named Won Ton makes his second appearance in Lee […]

From the Editor – March 2015

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The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign is doing a great job of helping us (by which I mean children’s book professionals of all sorts) keep to the fore of our attention the need not just for books that articulate a multitude of experiences, but diverse creators to create them and diverse readers to read them. Two articles in […]

Books mentioned in the March 2015 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Neal Shusterman Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman, illus. by Brendan Shusterman, HarperTeen, 14 years and up. Truth, lies, and secrets Things I’ll Never Say: Stories of Our Secret Selves, ed. by Ann Angel, Candlewick, 12–16 years. There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake, Bloomsbury, 14 years and up. The Truth Commission by […]

Truth, lies, and secrets

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Adolescence is a time of self-discovery — and of deciding how much of that self to reveal to others. These new YA books explore themes of honesty and dishonesty, secret selves and public personas. When compiling the book Things I’ll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves, editor Ann Angel asked contributors to write “about […]

From the Editor – February 2015

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The ALA has spoken, and this year’s roster of awards for children’s and young adult books is impressively diverse and Diverse. The forthcoming issue of The Horn Book Herald includes all the lowdown about the Newbery, Caldecott and other book awards announced earlier this month in Chicago — and 2015 Newbery medalist Kwame Alexander gets […]

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These new picture-book biographies of African American music pioneers give primary readers something to sing about during Black History Month — and all year long. Seven-year-old Melba Liston chose to learn to play the trombone — an unconventional choice for a girl. By age seventeen, she was touring alongside the jazz greats. As a female […]

Books mentioned in the February 2015 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Lucy Cousins Count with Maisy, Cheep, Cheep, Cheep! by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick, 2–5 years. I’m the Best by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick, 2–5 years. ABC, easy as 123 Mix It Up! by Herve Tullét, Chronicle, 2–5 years. Press Here by Herve Tullét, Handprint/Chronicle, 2–5 years. The Happy Little Yellow Box: A Pop-Up Book […]