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September’s Notes

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September’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter is arriving in subscribers’ inboxes right…about…now. This month’s 5Q features Eric Carle discussing his newest book The Nonsense Show, how he maintains a childlike sense of humor, and the upcoming Carle Honors. You’ll also find: more silly picture books picture-book bios of trailblazers animal fantasy for intermediate readers […]

From the Editor – September 2015

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I’m happy to be attending the tenth anniversary Carle Honors, which this year honor the contributions to picture books by artist Helen Oxenbury, editor Neal Porter, the Cotsen Library at Princeton, and intellectual freedom advocate Joan Bertin. These recipients are matched in worthiness by the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art itself, founded in […]

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

Five questions for Eric Carle The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle, Philomel, 2–5 years. Stuff and nonsense Playful Pigs from A to Z by Anita Lobel, Knopf, 3–6 years. Two Mice by Sergio Ruzzier, Clarion, 3–6 years. Finders Keepers by Keiko Kasza, Putnam, 2–5 years. Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage, Scholastic, 2–5 years. Where’s Walrus? […]

Oh look, another newsletter

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Look for The Horn Book’s new quarterly newsletter, WHAT MAKES A GOOD…? debuting on August 26th with “What Makes Good Narrative Nonfiction?” The issue features Five Questions for Steve Sheinkin, an essay about how to select NNF by the Junior Library Guild’s Deborah Brittain Ford, and brief reviews of our choices for the best narrative nonfiction published for kids […]

From the Editor – August 2015

I’m happy to announce that Susan Cooper will be keynoting “Transformations,” the 2015 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, to be held at Simmons College on October 3rd, following the presentation of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards the evening before. Susan, who won the BGHB Fiction Award in 1973 for The Dark Is Rising (and wrote […]

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

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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

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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 […]