August 2019 Horn Book Herald: Back-to-School Edition


Welcome to our back-to-school issue of The Horn Book Herald, in which we chat with Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers author Celia C. Pérez, recommend new books for students of all ages as well as essential reading for parents and teachers, and take a break from the school-day grind with pleasure reading and extracurricular activities.


Five Questions for Celia C. Pérez
In Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers (Kokila/Penguin, 9–12 years), author Celia C. Pérez's follow-up to her 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book honoree The First Rule of Punk (Viking, 9–12 years), four oddball friends band together to fight injustice and solve a historical mystery. It's like Stand by Me without the murder; or The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants with activism and a (much-reviled) feathered hat. Read the interview here.


Recommended Reading
Here are some new back-to-school books for a variety of ages and interests:

Picture Books
Intermediate and Middle School
Young Adult
Independence Day: What Makes a Good First-Day-of-School Book?


Class Notes
Go to the head of the class with these articles about learning — including learning how to be an informed and active community member — at school, home, the library, and beyond:

Five Questions for The Blue Club
Let Struggling Readers Read What They Want
Field Notes: A Family Affair: Connecting Community to Books
Field Notes: Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School
Field Notes: "This Is Too Much!" Why Verse Novels Work for Reluctant Readers
Reading Is LIT: How a Classroom Project Can Impact an Entire Community
Books in the Home: What My First Grader Taught Me About Reading
Conference Report: 2019 Children's Literature Summer Institute at Simmons University: "Make Way"


A Word from JLG: Back-to-School Book Giveaway
There's a certain buzz around this time of year, isn't there? An excited hum of energy that tells us — ready or not — school will soon be back in session. At JLG, we fall in the "ready" camp. We're those eager back-to-schoolers who love the feel of a clean-slate composition notebook, a freshly sharpened pencil and a brand-new book. Speaking of new books . . . We're giving away five back-to-school author-autographed book bundles featuring acclaimed JLG Gold Standard Selections! These books represent some of the hottest new and continuing voices in children's and young-adult literature. Learn more and enter to win.


Extracurricular Activities

Horn Book Summer Reading
Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners
Mind the Gap Awards: The Books That Didn't Win at ALA
• Summer Camp–Themed Chapter Books, Middle-Grade Books, and YA
First Day of (Puppy Pre)School: Back-to-School Resources + a Short Daschund-Themed Booklist
Celebrating America's Moon Landing
Undercover Reading
BEE Excited for Summer!
Summer and Children and Birds and Animals and Flowers and Trees and Bees and Books
Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader

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