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Archives for October 2017

The Writer’s Page: On Home, Empathy, and Voice

I write, much of the time, from the perspective of a person who is not quite sure where home is. I am interested in figuring out how to make one. Home is a deceptively simple word. When those of us who work with children say it, we often assume it has a shared meaning. We may […]

Poetry and folklore | class #5, fall 2017

For our class on November 1, we will read four books and one article. Since this class only meets six times, we have to double up on some genres. These two go together better than some because they both need to be read aloud. Successful folklore books must have a strong voice. Folktales and fairy […]

National Bullying Prevention Month 2017 Unity Day

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Today is Unity Day, when people wear orange to spotlight the issue of bullying and raise awareness of bullying prevention. “Together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.” Click here for additional ways to show your support, and look for the hashtag #UnityDay2017. The following picture books […]

From The (Ghoulish) Guide: Horn BOO! 2017

  In addition to Boo Who? and Creepy Pair of Underwear, reviewed in the September/October 2017 issue, here are nine new picture books our staff thinks are unboolievably right for Halloween reading. Clickard, Carrie  Magic for Sale 32 pp.     Holiday     2017     ISBN 978-0-8234-3559-3 e-book ISBN 978-0-8234-3910-2 K–3  Illustrated by John Shelley. In a story told […]

Out of Wonder

Ekua Holmes burst on the children’s book scene in 2015 with her phenomenal debut, the multiple award–winning — including a Caldecott Honor — Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement (written by Carole Boston Weatherford). But she didn’t come out of nowhere. She was an established fine artist in Boston before she […]

Review of The Magician and the Spirits: Harry Houdini and the Curious Pastime of Communicating with the Dead

The Magician and the Spirits: Harry Houdini and the Curious Pastime of Communicating with the Dead by Deborah Noyes Middle School    Viking    152 pp. 8/17    978-0-8037-4018-1    $18.99 In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Spiritualist movement swept the nation. Noyes (Ten Days a Madwoman, rev. 1/16) uses Harry Houdini’s attempts to discredit the […]

Parenting inspiration from Kazu Kibuishi and other graphic novelists at the MICE expo

“What is the hardest character for you to draw?” my second-grade son, Miles, asked Kazu Kibuishi, author and illustrator of his favorite graphic novels series, Amulet. Kibuishi had just finished an inspiring talk and demonstration for a group of children and adults at MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Exposition) at Lesley University on October 21 and […]

Review of Elizabeth and Zenobia

Elizabeth and Zenobia by Jessica Miller; illus. by Yelena Bryksenkova Intermediate, Middle School    Amulet/Abrams    202 pp.    g 9/17    978-1-4197-2724-4    $16.99 Elizabeth’s father is gloomy since her mother left; Witheringe House, his childhood home to which he returns with his daughter, is gloomier. Elizabeth’s main company is Zenobia, a vivacious, morbid, obsessed-with-clairvoyance friend who, although no […]

Books mentioned in the October 2017 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Harvest and agriculture Eliot, Hannah  Carrots Like Peas: And Other Fun Facts Illustrated by Aaron Spurgeon Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Little Simon     2015 Trade ISBN 978-1-4814-3541-3 Paperback ISBN 978-1-4814-3540-6 Ebook ISBN 978-1-4814-3542-0 Food Matters series Felix, Rebecca  Eating Ethically Gr. 4–6, middle school      48 pp.     ABDO/Core Library     2015 Library binding ISBN 978-1-62403-861-7 Laine, Carolee  Food […]

Photographers

Aronson, Marc and Budhos, Marina  Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism High school     294 pp.     Holt This biography begins with the D-Day landing, then flashes back and follows Capa and Taro through the development of photojournalism, including their documentation of the Spanish Civil War. Carefully selected and […]