This is my life

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Memoirs capture moments in time, those events that are formative or emblematic or otherwise meaningful for their subjects. Surprising, intimate, cathartic — Brown Girl Dreaming, El Deafo, Becoming Maria (see Randy Ribay’s interview with Sonia Manzano), the new books below, and these recommended by The Horn Book Guide, for example — memoirs offer glimpses into […]

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

Five questions for Sonia Manzano Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx, Scholastic, 14 years and up. This is my life Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University by Francisco Jiménez, Houghton, 14 years and up. Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle, Atheneum, 14 years and up. […]

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

Five questions for Antoinette Portis Not a Box by Antoinette Portis, Harper, 3–6 years. Wait by Antoinette Portis, Roaring Brook/Porter, 3–6 years. Summertime… Tea Rex by Molly Idle, Viking, 3–6 years. Camp Rex by Molly Idle, Viking, 3–6 years. Sea Rex by Molly Idle, Viking, 3–6 years. Fun in the Sun by David Catrow, Holiday, 3–6 […]

From the Editor – July 2015


I’m just back from ALA in San Francisco (conveniently also home to my two adorable grandchildren), where the term I kept hearing throughout the exhibit halls was narrative nonfiction (last year it was bullying). As is so often true of these trends, the term meant different things to different people, with definitions ranging from “like […]

From the Editor – June 2015


Who got it right, the Newbery and Caldecott or the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards? This isn’t exactly a fair fight as the different awards have different criteria and eligibility standards, but it’s fun to compare. You can read all about the recently announced BGHB Awards here, and our coverage of the ALA awards (acceptance speeches […]

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

Five questions for Ann Bausum Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum, Viking, 11–15 years. Lives and times The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, illus. by Anna Hymas, Dial, 9–12 years. March: Book Two by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illus. by Nate Powell, […]

May Notes

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The May edition of Notes from the Horn Book is on its way! An interview with Last Stop on Market Street illustrator Christian Robinson kicks it off, followed by more picture books celebrating grandmas picture-book musician biographies intermediate fantasy with a hint of creepiness historical fiction for teens Read the issue online or subscribe to […]

From the Editor – May 2015

It’s that time of year again: the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards will be announced on May 27th. I’ll be sharing the honor of naming the winners with Rebecca Stead, who won the 2010 Fiction Award for When You Reach Me, at 5:00 pm in New York City at SLJ’s Day of Dialog. If you’re there, […]

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

Five questions for Christian Robinson Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, illus. by Christian Robinson, Putnam, 5–8 years. Hooray for Grandma! Use Your Words, Sophie! by Rosemary Wells, Viking, 2–5 years. Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner, illus. by Christopher Silas Neal, Chronicle, 5–8 years. […]

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 […]