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Archives for February 2018

Review of Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen and Brave Jane Austen

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen: The Story of Six Novels, Three Notebooks, a Writing Box, and One Clever Girl by Deborah Hopkinson; illus. by Qin Leng Primary    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    40 pp.    g 1/18    978-0-06-237330-4    $17.99 Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel by Lisa Pliscou; illus. by Jen Corace Primary    Ottaviano/Holt    48 pp.    g 1/18    […]

Last class, works in verse | Class #6, 2018

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson Adolescent novels in verse have steadily increased in popularity since Virginia Euwer Wolff’s groundbreaking Make Lemonade was published in 1993. The best of these marry form and subject in a way that enriches both. Jacqueline Woodson’s eloquent free-verse memoir traces her family history and the earliest development of a […]

Review of The Secret of Nightingale Wood

The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange Intermediate, Middle School    Chicken House/Scholastic    288 pp. 10/17    978-1-338-15747-5    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-15749-9    $10.99 It’s 1919; the Great War is over; and twelve-year-old Hen and her family — Mama, Father, baby “Piglet,” and Nanny Jane — have just moved to an English country house where they hope […]

New for New Readers: An Easy Reader Renaissance

In this first entry in a series, the Horn Book editors look at some of the new (and newish) easy readers that we’ve been enjoying while revisiting some old favorites. Recommendations are from The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide Online. You can find more on easy readers at Easy readers are […]

Women’s History Month 2018

March is Women’s History Month, and that gave author-illustrator-supermom-friend-of-the-Horn-Book Grace Lin [edited to add, per Comment below] and colleagues including Karen Blumenthal, Meg Medina, Christine Taylor-Butler, and Jeanette Bradley, plus others a radical idea: let’s celebrate and amplify the work and voices of women in the children’s book industry. (Remember how last year we said, […]

The March March

In Jane Langton’s 1984 novel The Fragile Flag (sequel to the better-known The Fledgling) nine-year-old Georgie leads what eventually becomes a march of 16,000 children on Washington in the name of disarmament. It works, so take a hint, America. Kitty Flynn has compiled a directory of Horn Book recommended books on the subject of social activism and […]

Review of Penguins Don’t Wear Sweaters!

Penguins Don’t Wear Sweaters! by Marikka Tamura; illus. by Daniel Rieley Preschool    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.    g 1/18    978-1-101-99696-6    $16.99 The book begins with a snapshot of penguin paradise: “Penguins on ice. / Penguins in the sea. Penguins love the sea!” But wait: “WHAT is this?” A ship has spilled its oil in the ocean. The cold, […]

Week in Review, February 19th-23rd

This week on… Black History Month 2018 at The Horn Book: “An Interview with Kishonna L. Gray” by Elissa Gershowitz “Beyond The Friends” by Yolanda Hare BGHB at 50: “Revisiting Anthony Burns” by Rudine Sims Bishop Review of Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis February 2018 ALA YMA issue of […]

February 2018 Horn Book Herald – ALA Youth Media Awards Edition

What a year! Congratulations to all of the 2018 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators and their publishers. Below, we chat with the creators of one of the morning’s most-recognized books, Crown author Derrick Barnes and illustrator Gordon C. James. You’ll also find Horn Book reviews of the 2018 winners, history (and critique) of […]

Five Questions for Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James

by Martha V. Parravano and Dr. Kim Parker Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Millner/Bolden Books/Agate, 4–8 years) was a 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards darling, recipient of four Honor awards: Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King Author, and Coretta Scott King Illustrator. The Crown team — author Derrick Barnes and illustrator Gordon C. James […]