From the Editor — June 2014

Roger Sutton

On May 31st, I announced the winners of the 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards at the BookExpo convention in New York. The awards will be bestowed at a ceremony on October 10th at Simmons College; the next day brings the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, “Mind the Gaps: Books for All Young Readers.” The colloquium […]

To infinity and beyond!

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Inquisitive intermediate readers travel into the great unknown with these four new sci-fi offerings (two of which are series openers) involving space exploration, inventions gone berserk, and UFOs. In Wendy Mass and Michael Brawer’s Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight, eight-year-old Archie learns, on “Take Your Kid to Work Day,” that his plain old dad is […]

To sleep, perchance to dream

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A lyrical bedtime reverie; an open-only-at-night library run by a little librarian; a toddler’s pre-dawn escapades; and a kooky bedtime cruise: four new picture books help smooth the way from daytime activity to bedtime quiet. Simona Mulazzani’s lush folk art in cozy nighttime colors lends a magical, drowsy atmosphere to Giovanna Zoboli’s The Big Book […]

Freedom Summer and Black History

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This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Freedom Summer, a touchstone in the civil rights movement. The following nonfiction books highlight important turning points in African American history. And for more on Freedom Summer, read Kathleen T. Horning’s Five Questions interview with Don Mitchell (author of the new The Freedom Summer Murders, Scholastic, 14–17 years) […]

Five questions for Don Mitchell

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Don Mitchell got his start as a legislative assistant for national security in the office of Senator John Glenn, about whom he then wrote a biography for young people, Liftoff: A Photobiography of John Glenn, which was followed by Driven: A Photobiography of Henry Ford (both National Geographic, 9–12 years). His new book The Freedom […]

Books mentioned in the June 2014 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Don Mitchell Liftoff: A Photobiography of John Glenn by Don Mitchell, National Geographic, 9–12 years. Driven: A Photobiography of Henry Ford by Don Mitchell, National Geographic, 9–12 years. Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell, Scholastic, 14–17 years. Freedom Summer and Black History Freedom Summer written by Deborah Wiles, illus. by Jerome Lagarrigue, […]

Notes from the Horn Book, Birds and the Bees edition

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First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall…   Read our 5Q interview with Sophie Blackall in the May 2014 issue of Notes. In this month’s issue you’ll also find • more picture books featuring sibling relationships • funny chapter book series entries • nonfiction apps • YA about […]

Books mentioned in the May 2014 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Sophie Blackall Ivy + Bean series written by Annie Barrows, illus. by Sophie Blackall, Chronicle, 6–9 years. The Mighty LaLouche written by Matthew Olshan, illus. by Sophie Blackall, Schwartz & Wade/Random, 5–7 years. Pecan Pie Baby written by Jacqueline Woodson, illus. by Sophie Blackall, Putnam, 3–6 years. Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found, […]

Five questions for Sophie Blackall

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Sophie Blackall’s many children’s book illustration credits include Annie Barrows’s Ivy + Bean chapter books (Chronicle, 6–9 years), Matthew Olshan’s The Mighty LaLouche (Schwartz & Wade/Random, 5–7 years), and the 2011 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Honor–winning Pecan Pie Baby written by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam, 3–6 years; watch their award acceptance here). A book for […]

Funny business

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Cockamamie mysteries, confectionary disasters, well-meaning primates, and oddball friendships. All of the above abound in the following fantastically funny chapter book series entries. Elise Broach’s new early chapter book series Masterpiece Adventures extends the antics of Marvin (a beetle) and James (a boy) from Broach’s middle grade book Masterpiece (Holt/Ottaviano, 8–11 years). In The Miniature […]