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

Five questions for Cynthia Leitich Smith Tantalize, Eternal, Blessed, and Diabolical [Tantalize], all by Cynthia Leitich Smith, Candlewick, 13–16 years. Feral Nights and Feral Curse [Feral], both by Cynthia Leitich Smith, Candlewick, 13–16 years. YA fantasy you’ve been waiting for A Corner of White and The Cracks in the Kingdom [Colors of Madeleine], both by […]

March Notes

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March Notes is here! This month, look for five questions for queen of collage Lois Ehlert, plus • picture book biographies about trailblazers • preschool books about vehicles • chapter books starring spirited heroines • YA novels about boys on the edge Enjoy! Read the issue online here, or subscribe to receive both the monthly Notes from the […]

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

Five questions for Lois Ehlert Chicka Chicka Boom Boom written by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault, illus. by Lois Ehlert, Simon, 2–5 years. Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert, Lippincott, 2–5 years. Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, Harcourt, 4–7 years. The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert, Simon/Beach Lane, 5–8 years. […]

From the Editor – March 2014

Make sure you take a virtual wander down the hall to the Horn Book’s newest blog, Lolly’s Classroom. Created and run by Lolly Robinson, the Horn Book production manager and designer and a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Lolly’s Classroom is a place for teachers to meet and discuss strategies and lesson […]

Boys’ life

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A heartrending and hilarious junior-high road-trip novel; a story about stepping up in dire straits; an exploration of grief, false exteriors, and hope; and a riveting depiction of a boy feigning manhood. These new novels featuring teenage boys offer coming-of-age drama with real heart. Two teens abandon their lackluster lives and hit the Autobahn in […]

Flora and friends

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Kate DiCamillo’s Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (illustrated by K. G. Campbell; Candlewick, 6–9 years) — that warmly told and illustrated story of a comics-loving girl, a superheroic squirrel, and their friendship — took home the 2014 Newbery Medal. The following primary and early intermediate novels also star smart, spirited girls on adventures big […]

Lives lived large

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Picture book biographies provide young children with glimpses into the lives of notable men and women. The following books highlight people whose accomplishments in the arts, on the seven seas, and on the world stage are inspirations to us all. Arun Gandhi, grandson of the Mahatma, tells of visiting Sevagram, India, as a child in […]

February’s Notes on the way!

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Subscribers to our monthly newsletter Notes from the Horn Book should be receiving the February issue in their inboxes annnnnny minute. This time around we’ve got five questions for esteemed poet Marilyn Nelson, and much more: • Black History Month reading for middle-graders • picture books about independence for preschoolers • facts and figures about […]

From the Editor – February 2014

As we celebrate Black History Month, it’s wise to remember Dick Gregory’s quip: “Wouldn’t you know that when they got around to giving us a month, it would be the month of February, with all them days missing?” While a Month, or a Week, or a Day can serve to focus attention on something too […]

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

Five questions for Marilyn Nelson Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson, Front, 13–16 years. A Wreath for Emmett Till written by Marilyn Nelson, illus. by Philippe Lardy, Houghton, 13–16 years. Freedom Business: Including a Narrative of the Life & Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa written by Marilyn Nelson, illus. by Deborah […]