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june 2016 notes

It’s the second Wednesday of the month, and you know what that means: June’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter — the 100th issue, in fact! — is headed your way. This issue has 5Q for author/Broadway veteran Tim Federle about his novel The Great American Whatever, other queer-centric books for young readers, and (of […]

From the Editor – June 2016


We’ve just announced the 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards — and via video no less! — the fiftieth time we’ve done so (which is a lot if not quite enough to constitute a fiftieth anniversary; ask a math teacher). The awards will be conferred in a ceremony on September 30th in Boston at Simmons College […]

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

Five questions for Tim Federle Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle, Simon, 8–12 years. Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle, Simon, 8–12 years. The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle, Simon, 14 years and up. YA with pride You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan, St. Martin’s Griffin, 14 years […]

May Notes is out!

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May’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter has 5Q for Mordicai Gerstein about the infuriating-but-endearing deity of his new picture book I Am Pan! In this issue you’ll also find more new takes on old tales light-hearted fantasy novels for intermediate readers middle-school nonfiction about scientific innovations and innovators compelling audiobooks for teens Read the […]

From the Editor – May 2016


On June 2nd, the Boston Globe and the Horn Book will be announcing the winners of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards for the fiftieth time. Arguments have been raging in the office on the difference between the 50th occurrence of something and the 50th anniversary, which is actually the 51st time — oh, never mind, […]

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

Five questions for Mordicai Gerstein I Am Pan! by Mordicai Gerstein, Roaring Brook, 4–8 years. Folktales redux Hansel & Gretel by Holly Hobbie, Little, Brown, 4–8 years. Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray, Candlewick, 4–8 years. Little Red by Bethan Woollvin, Peachtree, 4–8 years. Good Night, Baddies by Deborah Underwood, illus. by Juli Kangas, Simon/Beach […]

April Notes is here

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In the April Notes from the Horn Book newsletter, we ask poet Roxane Orgill 5Q about Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph (including her recommended jazz playlist!). This issue also features poetry collections to help intermediate readers celebrate National Poetry Month picture books to inspire close observation middle-grade historical fiction set in the […]

From the Editor – April 2016


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!

march 2016 notes

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) […]