May/June 2021 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

Illustration by Nguyen Quang and Kim Lien, from The Floating Field.

The following books will receive starred reviews in the May/June 2021 Horn Book Magazine:

Yes & No; written and illustrated by Elisha Cooper (Roaring Brook).

The Night Walk; written and illustrated by Marie Dorléans; trans. from French by Polly Lawson (Floris).

We All Play; written and illustrated by Julie Flett (Greystone Kids).

America My Love, America My Heart; written and illustrated by Daria Peoples-Riley (Greenwillow).

The Ramble Shamble Children; by Christina Soontornvat; illus. by Lauren Castillo (Paulsen/Penguin).

Someone Builds the Dream; by Lisa Wheeler; illus. by Loren Long (Dial).

Firekeeper’s Daughter; by Angeline Boulley (Holt).

Ophie’s Ghosts; by Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins).

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey; written and illustrated by Erin Entrada Kelly (Greenwillow).

Merci Suárez Can’t Dance; by Meg Medina (Candlewick).

The One Thing You’d Save; by Linda Sue Park; illus. by Robert Sae-Heng (Clarion).  

Tag Team and Training Day; written and illustrated by Raúl the Third; color by Elaine Bay (Versify/Houghton).

A Sitting in St. James; by Rita Williams-Garcia (Quill Tree/HarperCollins).

The Floating Field: How a Group of Thai Boys Built Their Own Soccer Field; by Scott Riley; illus. by Nguyen Quang and Kim Lien (Millbrook).

Dear Treefrog; by Joyce Sidman; illus. by Diana Sudyka (Houghton).

Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued; written and illustrated by Peter Sís (Norton).

We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know; by Traci Sorell; illus. by Frané Lessac (Charlesbridge).

From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial That Galvanized the Asian American Movement; by Paula Yoo (Norton).

Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

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