Books mentioned in January 2012 Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Jane Yolen Snow in Summer by Jane Yolen, Philomel, 12 years and up. More fantastic books for older readers Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst, McElderry, 14 years and up. Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Feiwel, 12 years and up. Diabolical by Cynthia Leitich Smith, Candlewick, 14 years and up. The Space […]

From the Editor – January 2012

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As we all await the announcements of the ALA book awards from the Midwinter Conference in Dallas on January 23rd, don’t miss the betting and brawling at the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott blog and School Library Journal’s Heavy Medal, scoping out all things Newbery. Both blogs seem to have done their darnedest to appraise all […]

Picture books for Presidents’ Day

George Washington's Birthday

In time for Presidents’ Day observations, these new books give elementary-age readers insight into three towering figures in American history. In George Washington’s Birthday: A Mostly True Tale, Margaret McNamara debunks the famous cherry tree fable plus others, intermingling them with real facts to imagine Washington’s seventh birthday. Boxed notes distinguish truth from fancy, and […]

On black history

We March

A picture book tribute to a seminal event in the civil rights story, a collection of poems about the Underground Railroad, and a nonfiction account of the civil rights era for older readers: three recent books pay homage to the struggles and triumphs of African Americans — just in time for honoring black history next […]

Snow daze

No Two Alike

The next best thing to tromping around outdoors on a crisp January afternoon is snuggling up inside. Here are five winter-themed picture books that are just the ticket for those sub-zero days. In Keith Baker’s No Two Alike, two little red birds explore a snowy landscape. Rhyming text coaxes readers to look carefully at the […]

More fantastic books for older readers

Drink, Slay, Love

One new sci-fi/fairy tale and three paranormal novels provide plenty of heart-pounding reading for middle school and high school fans. Sixteen-year-old vampire Pearl discovers she can withstand sunlight after an encounter with a unicorn in Sarah Beth Durst’s Drink, Slay, Love. Her family sends her up to the local high school to procure refreshments (i.e., […]

Five questions for Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen

For a writer so notoriously prolific (closing in on three hundred titles, according to Wikipedia) Jane Yolen is notable for maintaining a high standard of writing across many genres, including poetry, picture book texts, and fiction of both the realistic and fantastic kinds. Her latest novel, Snow in Summer, is a fresh blend of historical […]