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From the Editor – September 2016

Today marks the debut of our newest blog, Family Reading, which will concern itself with all things books in the home. The blog will feature new and classic articles from The Horn Book Magazine as well as posts from parents and caregivers of all stripes about connecting their children with good books. We are seeking […]

Graphic novels that grab you

These new graphic novels — two fairy-tale retellings, a mistaken-identity high-seas adventure, and a magical-realism ghost story — will captivate intermediate and middle-school readers. At the start of Mighty Jack, young Jack, while visiting a flea market with his single mother and younger sister Maddy (who does not speak), foolishly trades the family car for […]

Books behaving badly

Some books sit quietly and do what they’re told. Others seem to have minds of their own. The following picture books feature picture books themselves as the stars of the show. Ben, Bella, and Bella’s dog star in a new book — This Book Is Out of Control! — which is no better behaved than […]

Friends to the animals

The following chapter books feature kids — and kids at heart — whose animal-loving ways lead to beautiful interspecies friendships. In Frances O’Roark Dowell’s Sam the Man & the Chicken Plan, seven-year-old Sam Graham is too young to have a real job. But when neighbor Mrs. Kerner tries to hire Sam’s too-busy older sister to […]

Five questions for Vera Brosgol

Vera Brosgol’s 2011 YA debut was Anya’s Ghost (Roaring Brook/First Second, 12–16 years), a graphic novel about a quirky friendship — between a girl and a ghost. Her first picture book, Leave Me Alone! (Roaring Brook, 5–8 years), has a similarly wry and witty tone and highlights a point of view not always seen in […]

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

Five questions for Vera Brosgol Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol, Roaring Brook/First Second, 12–16 years. Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol, Roaring Brook, 5–8 years. Books behaving badly This Book Is Out of Control! by Richard Byrne, Holt, 4–7 years. We’re in the Wrong Book! by Richard Byrne, Holt, 4–7 years. This Book Just Ate […]