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The birds and the bees…and the arachnids and more!

Four entertaining nonfiction picture books provide young readers with solid scientific information about the birds and the bees — and other insects and arachnids, too! — in friendly, accessible formats. In Eileen Christelow’s humorous, informative Robins!: How They Grow Up, two young robins reminisce about the events of their (very recent) youth. The details covered […]

Books mentioned in the June 2017 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Susan Juby The Truth Commission by Susan Juby, Viking, 14 years and up. The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby, Viking, 14 years and up. Love stories with Pride History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, Soho Teen, 14 years and up. Pointe, Claw by Amber J. Keyser, Carolrhoda Lab, 14 […]

Pride Month 2017

Bausum, Ann  Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights Middle school, high school     120 pp.     Viking    2016 Bausum begins with a detailed, nuanced exposition of the June 1969 Stonewall riots as a galvanizing moment for the gay rights movement, then traces the movement’s evolution (in a somewhat more cursory way) for the second […]

Wonderful world of math

AdBåge, Emma  Outdoor Math: Fun Activities for Every Season Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Kids Can In this Swedish import, two dozen or so simple activities, organized seasonally, are designed to reinforce basic mathematical concepts (counting, shapes, etc.); unpretentious vignettes feature children happily engaged in the tasks at hand. Many of the activities are somewhat pedestrian […]

Short story collections

Healy, Nick, ed.  Love & Profanity: A Collection of True, Tortured, Wild, Hilarious, Concise, and Intense Tales of Teenage Life Middle school, high school     223 pp.     Capstone/Switch With Kristen Mohn, Nate LeBoutillier, and Lindsy O’Brien. This collection of forty-three autobiographical short stories runs the gamut of high-school topics: family, friends, class, crushes, parties, awkwardness, bullying, […]

Memorial Day 2017

Collier, Peter  Choosing Courage: Inspiring Stories of What It Means to Be a Hero Middle school, high school     226 pp.     Artisan Ranging from World War II through the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, this book offers compelling stories of selected Medal of Honor recipients who performed heroic acts in battle; vignettes of civilians awarded the […]

Labor

Brown, Monica  Side by Side / Lado a lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and César Chavéz / La historia de Dolores Huerta y César Chávez Gr. K–3     32 pp.      HarperCollins/Rayo Illustrated by Joe Cepeda. Translated by Carolina Valencia. Brown makes a significant contribution to the increasing number of books about César Chávez by focusing […]

BGHB at 50: Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, established in 1967, we will be publishing a series of appreciations of BGHB winners and honorees from the past. Further installments will appear in the Magazine and on hbook.com/bghb throughout 2017. Here is a conversation I had on the phone with my nineteen-year-old […]

The Straight Poop on Potty Humor

We are each the mother of two young children who range in age from four to eight. These children love potty humor, and they’re not alone. There’s something about those four ps (poop, pee, penis, puke), a couple of bs (burp, butt), and an f (fart) that gets kids giggling. Some adults love this type […]

Laughter and Resistance: Humor as a Weapon in the Age of Trump

We could all use a laugh right now, especially children. As the Southern Poverty Law Center’s November 2016 report “The Trump Effect: The Impact of the Nation’s Presidential Campaign on Our Schools” has documented, the candidacy (and now presidency) of Donald Trump has resulted in a sharp rise in bullying at school — harassment of […]