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Archives for March 2018

National Poetry Month 2018

Alexander, Kwame  Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures Gr. K–3     48 pp.     National Geographic Photographs by Joel Sartore. With Mary Rand Hess and Deanna Nikaido. Striking, detailed photographs of animals appear against black or white backgrounds as descriptive, sometimes metaphorical text plays loosely with the haiku form. Word placement and font […]


Burgan, Michael  Ali’s Knockout Punch: How a Photograph Stunned the Boxing World Gr. 4–6, middle school     64 pp.     Capstone/Compass Point Smith-Llera, Danielle  Black Power Salute: How a Photograph Captured a Political Protest Gr. 4–6, middle school     64 pp.     Capstone/Compass Point Captured History: Sports series. These volumes each examine the impact of a single famous sports […]


Adler, David A.  Magnets Push, Magnets Pull Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Holiday Illustrated by Anna Raff. This informative, interactive exploration of magnets and magnetism encourages readers to track down materials and investigate on their own. Each physics concept is carefully explained at just the right level and anchored in visible phenomena. Adler addresses common misconceptions […]

Spies, ciphers, and drones

Burrows, Terry  Codes, Ciphers, and Cartography: Math Goes to War Gr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.     Lerner Burrows, Terry  Robots, Drones, and Radar: Electronics Go to War Gr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.     Lerner STEM on the Battlefield series. Each book in this series discusses how a field of STEM has been instrumental — from […]


Coding Projects in Python: A Step-By-Step Visual Guide to Creating Your Own Python Projects Gr. 4–6     DK     224 pp. With clear instructions and concise explanations, this guide introduces the Python coding language, supporting learners as they install the appropriate version, learn basic skills, and create increasingly advanced projects. The clean layout, direct language, and appropriate […]

Review of Pup and Bear

Pup and Bear by Kate Banks; illus. by Naoko Stoop Preschool, Primary    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp. 10/17    978-0-399-55409-4    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-399-55410-0    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-399-55411-7    $10.99 A comforting jacket illustration of a wolf pup safely nestled within a large polar bear’s protective embrace signals that this story focuses on a loving, if unconventional, […]

Boston’s #MarchforOurLives rally

The Horn Book employees made a strong showing at this weekend’s March for Our Lives rally on the Boston Common, with Martha (and her daughter), Katrina (and her mom), Shoshana, Cindy, Katie, and Elissa in attendance. Here are some other children’s literature people from around the country (thanks little sister, SLJ). Horn Book Family Reading […]

An Interview with Regina Hayes

A lifelong bookworm and unapologetic generalist, Regina Hayes, who led Viking Children’s Books from 1982 to 2012, has worked widely across genres in a career marked by intense curiosity; quiet, persistent daring; and a firm grasp of the world in which young people live. Hayes has also brought a refreshing spirit of irreverence to a […]

Week in Review, March 19th-23rd

This week on… Remembering Russell Freedman Brian Selznick & David Serlin Talk with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier; 
illus. by Sonia Sánchez Fiction: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo Nonfiction: Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 by Albert Marrin Read Roger: My teacher Zena […]

My boss Betsy

As a student, I only knew Betsy Hearne from her occasional swanning in to talk to Zena about her dissertation in progress, a history and analysis of “Beauty and the Beast,” from Cupid and Psyche to Robin McKinley*. Betsy was then children’s book editor of Booklist, where she had been reviewing since 1968. But everyone […]