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March’s Notes from the Horn Book

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

October’s Notes from the Horn BooOOooK

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October’s Halloweenish Notes from the Horn Book is bat-winging its way to inboxes right now! We start things off on a serious note with 5Q for Skila Brown on her starred verse novel To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party, plus a selection of historical horror stories for […]

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

Five questions for Skila Brown To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party by Skila Brown, Candlewick, 14 years and up. Caminar by Skila Brown, Candlewick, 11–14 years. Slickety Quick: Poems About Sharks by Skila Brown, illus. by Bob Kolar, Candlewick, 5–8 years. Historical horror stories The Passion of […]