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Archives for September 2018

Books mentioned in the September 2018 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book: 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Awards Edition

Trailblazing Latinx women Quintero, Isabel  Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide Illustrated by Zeke Peña Middle school, high school     96 pp.     Getty     2018 Trade ISBN 978-1-947440-00-5 Acevedo, Sylvia  Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist Gr. 4–6, middle school    311 pp.     Clarion     2018 Trade ISBN 978-1-328-80956-8    $17.99 Ebook ISBN 978-1-328-52690-8    […]

Planetary science

Fishman, Seth  A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Greenwillow 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book. Illustrated by Isabel Greenberg. Fishman and Greenberg engagingly highlight the wondrousness of numbers, stars, and just about everything about our home planet. Fishman exchanges science writing’s traditional stiffness for a confiding tone. Greenberg, too, eschews physical […]

Incarceration and redemption

Slater, Dashka  The 57 Bus High school     306 pp.     Farrar 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book. In 2013, on the 57 bus in Oakland, California, African American teen Richard, egged on by friends, set white, genderqueer teen Sasha’s gauzy skirt on fire. Sasha survived but sustained third-degree burns; Richard was arrested for a hate […]

Trailblazing Latinx women

Quintero, Isabel  Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide Middle school, high school     96 pp.     Getty 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award winner. Illustrated by Zeke Peña. Photographer Iturbide’s story is told in comic-panel format, with striking black-and-white illustrations, high-quality reproductions of her own photographs, and spare first-person narration drawing upon her writing and interviews; interspersed […]

Hello Hello

No illustrator creates animals the way Brendan Wenzel does. Once readers see a cat or a parrot or a tiger rendered in his distinct style, they may never look at the creature the same way again. And it all starts with those eyes. I call them Wenzelian eyes. The googly eyes never feel cutesy, but […]

Review of A Parade of Elephants

A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes; illus. by the author Preschool    Greenwillow    40 pp.    g 9/18    978-0-06-266827-1    $18.99 Library ed.  978-0-06-266828-8    $19.89 “Look! Elephants! / One, two, three, four, five. / Five elephants. / Marching. / A parade of elephants!” The sturdy walkers, each rendered in a pastel color with a thick brown outline, stay in the same […]

Jennifer A. Nielsen Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by Although Jennifer A. Nielsen has written historical fiction before (A Night Divided, set in postwar Berlin) readers will mostly know her for the palace intrigue of the Ascendance series (The […]

Bring the kids!

I confess I can’t count myself among the fans of Winnie the Pooh, but I urge you all to visit the new Pooh exhibit in the Horn Book’s backyard. For the devout, there are dozens of Shepard’s sketches and illustrations and manuscript pages (and I’m hoping Lolly, who I ran into at the opening party, […]

Week in Review, September 17th – 21st

This week on… Sylvia Acevedo Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Quiet by Tomie dePaola Fiction: Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo Nonfiction: The Squirrels’ Busy Year [A First Science Storybook] by Martin Jenkins; illus. by Richard Jones Audiobook: Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz with Renée Watson; read by Ilyasah Shabazz Calling […]

This Is the Nest that Robin Built

Denise Fleming loves bright colors and texture, and this book’s palette is all about springtime, with all its yellow-greens and blues setting off the warm browns and reds of the foreground figures. She has moved away from her signature paper pulp painting technique this time, instead printing her colors onto paper that she cuts out and […]