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From the Editor – March 2016

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Please have a listen to our new podcast, in which Siân Gaetano and I talk about goings-on at the Horn Book and in the world of children’s books. Episode one is devoted to the pleasures and perils of social media; in episode two, I get Sorted into Ravenclaw. Who knew? I’ll be in California for […]

Five questions for Laura Dronzek

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Laura Dronzek’s color-drenched illustrations for When Spring Comes (Greenwillow, 2–4 years) bring husband Kevin Henkes’s poetic text into full bloom. Looking at her lively renderings of rain-soaked earth, flowering trees, baby animals, and other springtime delights, it’s easy to see Dronzek’s fine-arts background; her saturated acrylic paintings feature many similar subjects. In fact, her paintings […]

New (and old) friends for beginning readers

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Many beginning readers love visiting familiar characters. Here are two continuations of existing series; one spinoff of an old favorite; and the beginning of a series whose characters may quickly feel like old friends. Tomie dePaola and Jim Lewis debut a series for just-beginning readers, with entertaining, expressive illustrations by dePaola. In the first entry, […]

Let’s hear it for spring

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Winter is almost over! Time to head outdoors. Four very different picture books take readers outside, whether it’s on a working farm, in an imaginary tree fort, for a day out with two best friends (one is a bulldog), or going up on a mountaintop in search of a lost kite. On the Farm, at […]

Some audiobooks!

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Variously set long ago, far away and right here, right now, these audiobooks deeply engage middle-grade listeners in the struggles — and triumphs — of their protagonists. George, Alex Gino’s middle-grade novel about a transgender girl named George (who secretly thinks of herself as Melissa), gets a remarkable reading from narrator Jamie Clayton, herself transgender. […]

Her-stories

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March is Women’s History Month, and this is an especially noteworthy year for one of the subjects of these four YA biographies (and possible vindication for another one of them whose notorious reputation precedes her). Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal offers a positive yet frank account of Clinton‘s life through […]

Books mentioned in the March 2016 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Laura Dronzek When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes, illus. by Laura Dronzek, Greenwillow, 2–4 years. Birds by Kevin Henkes, illus. by Laura Dronzek, Greenwillow, 2–4 years. It Is Night by Phyllis Rowand, illus. by Laura Dronzek, Greenwillow, 2–4 years. Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow, 2–4 years. Let’s hear it […]