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Archives for September 2011

Rooms of their own

I was of course kidding when I characterized the Sendak Fellowship as a reality show, but there are some aspects of it that are similar. Four people whose only things necessarily  in common are  talent and an interest in creating picture books share a large house for a month. They also share access to an […]

Books in the Home: Thank Heavens for Hugo, or When Size Matters

Not long ago I was having a conversation with a friend while our children were in the school playground. She was worried because her daughter hates reading. The girl is aware that she does not read as well as her classmates, and this upsets her because she enjoys school and does well in other subjects. […]

September Notes

Subscribers should receive their September Notes from the Horn Book any minute now. This issue includes – five questions for Grin and Bear It author Leo Landry – new back to school books – small-of-stature picture book protagonists – illustrated middle-grade fiction – historical fiction (and one biography) for YA Enjoy! Not a subscriber? View […]

Back to school

What better way to mark the start of the school year than by reading about school? Four new books for elementary-age kids (two picture books and two chapter books) all involve classroom adventures, whether the setting is a one-room schoolhouse, the protagonist is a baked good, or the lessons learned reach beyond report cards. For […]

Notes from the Horn Book – September 2011

Notes from the Horn Book — September 2011. Our monthly newsletter for teachers and parents. In this issue: Five questions for Leo Landry, Back to school, Size matters in picture books, Illustrated middle-grade fiction, YA historical fiction (and one biography), From the Editor

Illustrated middle-grade fiction

The continuation of a popular comic novel series, new work from a Caldecott Medal winner, and a novel about the 1950s Soviet Union — three new illustrated novels feature compelling stories not only for proficient middle-grade readers but for reluctant ones, as well. With the art doing as much to advance the plot as the […]

From the editor

As I write, Kitty Flynn and Lolly Robinson, along with our web team in New York, are busy readying a revamped Go take a look. There’s some neat new stuff there, including some children’s book satire inspired by Project Runway and an interview by Leonard Marcus with Maurice Sendak about the great artist’s new […]

YA historical fiction (and one biography)

Nazi Germany, ancient Egypt, and 1893 New York City are the settings for new historical novels for teens, while a biography of Dickens takes readers to Victorian London. In 1936 Berlin, Karl Stern is surprised when he’s beaten up by Nazi bullies: he’s blond and fair-skinned, and he and his family aren’t observant Jews. Then […]

Size matters in picture books

Caterpillar or tadpole, “little bitty man” or “little little girl,” the diminutive characters of these new picture books have big adventures — proving that what they lack in size, they make up in personality. The pond gets crowded when Ken Kimura’s 999 Tadpoles transform into 999 frogs, but relocation is hazardous: a hungry hawk nabs […]

Books mentioned in Sep. 2011 Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Leo Landry    • Grin and Bear It by Leo Landry, Charlesbridge, 5–7 years. • Space Boy and Eat Your Peas, Ivy Louise! both by Leo Landry, Houghton, 4–8 years. • Fat Bat and Swoop and Sea Surprise both by Leo Landry, Holt, 5–7 years. • The Green Queen by Nick Sharratt, Candlewick, 4–8 years. • […]