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Week in Review, November 12th – 16th

This week on hbook.com… From the November/December 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: Spotlight on LGBTQ+ Stories” by Madeline Tyner From The Guide: “We Need Middle-Grade LGBTQ+ Books” November’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: 5Q for Traci Sorell and Frané Lessac, picture books about nature’s cycles, intermediate historical fiction, […]

RIP William Goldman

There’s a history in this office of Feelings about The Princess Bride. Some Horn Bookers find it irritating how often people quote it. (I can’t imagine why.) And others believe that this story within a story is a dweam wiffin a dweam. That “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Fate. Revenge…” is only the beginning. […]

Pie Is for Sharing

Stephanie Parsley Ledyard and Jason Chin’s Pie Is for Sharing does that thing picture books are supposed to do — text and art work interdependently. Ledyard’s rather philosophical text (an extended musing on the nature of sharing) is given a specific setting (a lakeside, summertime, community picnic) in Chin’s detailed watercolor and gouache illustrations; the pictures support the text […]

Transgender Awareness Week 2018

This week is Transgender Awareness Week, and Transgender Day of Remembrance will be observed next Tuesday, November 20th. We join our trans, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary family members, friends, and neighbors near and far in celebrating the lives of trans people, remembering those lost to transphobic hate crimes, and renewing our commitment to fight for […]

The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: Spotlight on LGBTQ+ Stories

This is the third column in a series examining statistics gathered by the newly expanded database of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (a research library of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education). Previous columns (interviews with CCBC Director Kathleen T. Horning) can be found in the July/August 2017 and March/April 2018 issues. In 2017, […]

Review of Piecing Me Together audiobook

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson; read by the author Middle School, High School    Recorded Books    Rev. 7/17 5 CDs    5.5 hrs    978-1-5019-9779-2    $51.75 Watson (winner of the 2018 Coretta Scott King Author Award and a 2018 Newbery Honor for this novel) movingly conveys the emotions of her thoughtful, bright, artistic, African American protagonist Jade. […]

From The Guide: We Need Middle-Grade LGBTQ+ Books

Publishers take note. According to Madeline Tyner’s article “The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: Spotlight on LGBTQ+ Stories”: “We received very little LGBTQ+ fiction for middle-grade readers [in 2017]…The lack of this literature is unfortunate, as children in upper elementary and middle school are often beginning to question their sexual orientations or gender identities.” The following books, […]

November’s Notes newsletter

This afternoon subscribers to Notes from the Horn Book are receiving the November issue. This month you’ll find an interview with We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga author Traci Sorell and illustrator Frané Lessac, plus picture books about nature’s cycles intermediate historical fiction dystopian YA fiction Missing out? Read the full issue online or subscribe to receive […]

Thank You, Omu!

We sometimes think of collage as an art form that we learned in elementary school — cut or torn pieces of paper, pictures from magazines, newspapers, etc., all pasted together to convey a message or paint a picture. Few of us have ever used collage to tell an entire story, nor has our work been […]

Review of What Do You Do with a Voice like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

What Do You Do with a Voice like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan by Chris Barton; illus. by Ekua Holmes Primary, Intermediate    Beach Lane/Simon    48 pp. 9/18    978-1-4814-6561-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-6562-5    $10.99 This large book, with its lush, vivid, mixed-media illustrations, makes an artistic statement as bold as groundbreaking African American […]