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Books for Yom Kippur

This year -- 2021/5782 -- Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins this evening, September 15, at sundown. Following Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, these are times for family, community, and self-reflection. The following books could be useful for sharing with children and/or for generating discussions. All reviews are...

Week in Review, September 6th-10th

  This week on hbook.com... September Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Qs for Marcie Colleen and Aaron Becker about Survivor Tree; 5 picture books remembering tragedies; 6 wordless picture book wonders; 5 middle grade and middle school ghost stories and urban legends; 4 Latinx-centered sci-fi + fantasy YA for...

Books mentioned in the September 2021 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Marcie Colleen and Aaron Becker Survivor Tree by Marcie Colleen, illus. by Aaron Becker; Little, Brown. Remembering tragedies Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by Jeff Gottesfeld, illus. by Matt Tavares; Candlewick. A Day for Rememberin’: Inspired by the True Events of the First...

Latinx-centered science fiction and fantasy

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15), check out these recent YA sci-fi/fantasy titles centering strong, capable, and creative Latinx protagonists. See also our Five Questions for Aiden Thomas about Cemetery Boys. Find much more to celebrate in our May/June 2021 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The Pura Belpré...

Ghost stories and urban legends

These middle-grade and middle-school spine-tinglers will leave fans thrilled and chilled. Stay tuned for more coverage of spooky reads this October leading up to Halloween, including our annual Horn BOO! roundup. Follow #13BooksofHalloween on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Only If You Dare: 13 Stories of Darkness and Doom by Josh...

Wordless wonders

These picture books may be wordless (or nearly so), but they speak volumes through their illustrations, weaving captivating stories of everything from shared adventure to belonging and community. The Farmer and the Circus by Marla Frazee; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-5344-4621-2    $17.99...

Remembering tragedies

These sensitive picture books memorializing somber subjects can help begin candid conversations about difficult parts of history that should not be forgotten. See also Five Questions for Marcie Colleen and Aaron Becker about Survivor Tree; Five Questions for Carole Boston Weatherford about 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book Unspeakable,...

Week in Review, August 30th-September 3rd

  This week on hbook.com... Alda P. Dobbs Talks with Roger about Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna   From the September/October 2021 Horn Book Magazine: Table of Contents Editorial: Barbara Bader 1927–2021 (September/October 2021) by Roger Sutton My Father's Final Lesson - The Zena Sutherland Lecture by Jason Reynolds  ...

Table of Contents: September/October 2021 Horn Book Magazine

Cover from Pumpkin Heads! Illustration © 2000 by Wendell Minor.   Features My Father’s Final Lesson by Jason Reynolds The 2021 Zena Sutherland Lecture. The Genius Under the Table by Eugene Yelchin An excerpt from Yelchin’s forthcoming ­middle-grade memoir; see also starred review on page 129. How a Prelingual Deaf...

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