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

One question for eight people: the Newbery/Caldecott edition of Five Questions Far Far Away by Tom McNeal, Knopf, 13–16 years. Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan, Candlewick, 8–12 years. The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata, Atheneum, 10–14 years. P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia, HarperCollins/Amistad, 10–14 years. Journey by Aaron Becker, […]

From the Editor – January 2014

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The Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott and School Library Journal’s Heavy Medal are busily winding up their coverage of the 2013 Caldecott and Newbery contenders, easily the most-discussed book prizes in the country: take a bow, ALSC! If they are at all like me, those bloggers are also nervously worrying about completely missing the mark, that […]

Scientists in the field (and at home)

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From Australia’s Shark Bay to Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands to turn-of-the-twentieth-century New York, these new titles show scientists in their natural habitats. Nikola Tesla — visionary, inventor, electrical engineer — is often overshadowed in textbooks by scientists such as Edison and Marconi. In Elizabeth Rusch’s Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World, the only […]

Easy, breezy easy readers

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Skiing squirrels, robot pals, lovebird mammals, and story-time creatures in (not too much) peril. These new books for the youngest readers are ones that kids will be able to — and, perhaps more importantly, will want to — read. New readers are in for a treat with the Urgency Emergency! series by Dosh Archer. Big […]

All the world’s children

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Looking for picture books that embrace diversity? The following stories present kids from a variety of backgrounds enjoying time with their friends, their family members…and their pet llamas. Maria and her llama smile out at us from the cover of Angela Dominguez’s bilingual picture book set in the Peruvian Alps, Maria Had a Little Llama […]

One question for eight people: the Newbery/Caldecott edition of Five Questions

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We’ve asked people in-the-know for their 2014 Newbery and/or Caldecott awards predictions — what do you think will win? Or what do you hope will win? Martha Parravano, executive editor, The Horn Book, coauthor, Calling Caldecott blog: I’m predictably terrible at predicting award winners. My choice almost never wins, and when it does, it’s a […]