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From the Editor – January 2018

Calling Caldecott will be wrapping up its picture book coverage of 2018 Caldecott Medal hopefuls this month, so get on over there to learn everything before the winner is announced on February 12. This week Edi Campbell considers Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, which would make my shortlist; how about yours? Calling Caldecott’s […]

Fantastic(al) heroines of color

These new entries in YA speculative fiction series starring kickass young women of color explore perspectives on cultural and ethnic identity — while providing glimpses of (often frightening) potential futures and alternate realities grounded in our present. Ambelin Kwaymullina concludes The Tribe, her fantasy trilogy of what she terms “Indigenous futurism,” with The Foretelling of […]

Geology nonfiction that rocks

These rockin’ nonfiction titles use a variety of formats and approaches to offer intermediate readers engaging lessons in earth science. Author Charlotte Guillain and illustrator Yuval Zommer’s The Street Beneath My Feet provides a journey to the center of the Earth via a clever vertical accordion-fold book design. Turn the sturdy pages from bottom to […]

Five questions for Julie Danielson of Calling Caldecott

In 2017, Calling Caldecott welcomed Julie Danielson to the team. Along with Martha Parravano and Lolly Robinson, Jules — author of the Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog — stays up-to-date on the 2018 Caldecott contenders, offering entertaining observations and useful insight into the awards selection process. 1. How has your first year of Calling […]

Books mentioned in the January 2018 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Julie Danielson of Calling Caldecott Silent Days, Silent Dreams by Allen Say, illus. by the author, Scholastic/Levine, 9–12 years. Windows by Julia Denos, illus. by E. B. Goodale, 4–8 years. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illus. by Gordon C. James, Agate/Bolden Books/  Millner, 5–7 years. The Little […]

New books for new readers

From limited word banks to graphic-novel elements, these books have plenty of tools to support emerging readers — and entertaining stories that are worth the effort. For more on easy readers, see the upcoming March/April 2018 Horn Book Magazine article “An Easy Reader Renaissance.” Witty wordplay, snappy dialogue, and rich watercolor and collage illustrations combine […]

Try, try again

Sometimes persistence is the key to success, as demonstrated by the following picture book characters who try, try again. In Molly Bang’s latest Sophie book, When Sophie Thinks She Can’t… (written with Ann Stern), our blonde-pigtailed heroine is working on a tangram puzzle when her older sister comes by and casually solves it (“Too bad […]