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From the Editor – April 2016

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I invite you to have a listen to the Horn Book’s new podcast, started by editorial assistant Siân Gaetano with a prayer (from me) and a ton of enthusiasm (from Siân). We’ve covered such topics as boys and reading, adult books for children, my bête noir Twitter, and the mysteries of the Sorting Hat, which […]

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

Five questions for Roxane Orgill Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill, illus. by Francis Vallejo, Candlewick, 6–9 years. A variety of verses When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano, illus. by Julie Morstad, Roaring Brook, 5–8 years. Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob […]

Spring into spring with March Notes!

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In the March Notes from the Horn Book newsletter, Kitty Flynn and Martha V. Parravano team up for 5Q for illustrator Laura Dronzek about When Spring Comes (her latest collab with hubby Kevin Henkes). In this issue, you’ll also find: more spring-y picture books new easy-reader and chapter-book characters (who will feel like old friends) […]

From the Editor – March 2016

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Please have a listen to our new podcast, in which Siân Gaetano and I talk about goings-on at the Horn Book and in the world of children’s books. Episode one is devoted to the pleasures and perils of social media; in episode two, I get Sorted into Ravenclaw. Who knew? I’ll be in California for […]

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

Five questions for Laura Dronzek When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes, illus. by Laura Dronzek, Greenwillow, 2–4 years. Birds by Kevin Henkes, illus. by Laura Dronzek, Greenwillow, 2–4 years. It Is Night by Phyllis Rowand, illus. by Laura Dronzek, Greenwillow, 2–4 years. Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow, 2–4 years. Let’s hear it […]

February’s Notes on the way

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February’s issue of the Notes from the Horn Book newsletter is hitting inboxes now, with five questions for Tanita S. Davis on her new novel Peas and Carrots! You’ll also find: more YA about families facing serious situations apps to take preschoolers through the day nonfiction picture books for sports fans plucky fantasy protagonists for […]

From the Editor – February 2016

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In honor of Black History Month, we are daily posting key articles from the Horn Book archives about the African American experience in children’s and young adult literature. Up today: Augusta Baker’s “The Changing Image of the Black in Children’s Literature,” a speech she gave in 1974 in honor of the Horn Book’s fiftieth anniversary, […]

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

Five questions for Tanita S. Davis Peas and Carrots by Tanita S. Davis, Knopf, 13–16 years. Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis, Knopf, 13–16 years. Not your average problem novel Unbecoming by Jenny Downham, Scholastic, 14 years and up. Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern, Farrar, 14 years and up. The Smell of Other […]

Dancing into 2016 with January’s Notes!

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In January’s edition of Notes from the Horn Book, I had the honor of talking to author/illustrator Barbara McClintock about her latest picture book, Emma and Julia Love Ballet. (Check out that super-cute picture of Barbara in the ballet studio!) You’ll also find: more movin’ and groovin’ picture books preschooler nonfiction about the natural world […]

From the Editor – January 2016

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Well, a few years ago the Caldecott Medal went to what many people thought was a novel (The Invention of Hugo Cabret), and this week we have the Newbery going to a thirty-two page picture book, the first time this has happened since A Visit to William Blake’s Inn in 1982 and only the second […]