Starred reviews, November-December 2020 Horn Book

Illustration by Jillian Tamaki, from Our Little Kitchen.


The following books will receive starred reviews in the November-December 2020 Horn Book Magazine. Oddity or trend?: all the starred books have pictures save one, (and that one is about the Donner Party, so fine).


The Night Before Christmas; by Clement C. Moore; illustrated by Loren Long (Harper/HarperCollins).

The Bear and the Moon; by Matthew Burgess; illus. by Cátia Chien (Chronicle). 

All Because You Matter; by Tami Charles; illus. by Bryan Collier (Orchard/Scholastic) 

Circle! Sphere!; The Last Marshmallow; Up to My Knees!; What Will Fit?; written and illustrated by Grace Lin (Charlesbridge).

I Talk like a River; by Jordan Scott; illus. by Sydney Smith (Porter/Holiday).

Our Little Kitchen; written and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki (Abrams).

Once upon a Winter Day; written and illustrated by Liza Woodruff (Ferguson/Holiday),

Class Act; written and illustrated by Jerry Craft (HarperAlley/Quill Tree/HarperCollins) 

Flamer; written and illustrated by Mike Curato (Godwin/Holt).

Twins; by Varian Johnson; illus. by Shannon Wright (Graphix/Scholastic).

Becoming Muhammad Ali; by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander; illus. by Dawud Anyabwile (Patterson/Little, Brown/Houghton).

Loretta Little Looks Back: Three Voices Go Tell It!; by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illus. by Brian Pinkney (Little, Brown).

The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep: Voices from the Donner Party; by Allan Wolf (Candlewick).

Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns: A Mesoamerican Creation Myth; written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams).

Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball; by Jen Bryant; illus. by Frank Morrison (Abrams) .

Your Place in the Universe; written and illustrated by Jason Chin (Porter/Holiday). 

How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Adventure; written and illustrated by John Rocco (Crown).

Chance: Escape from the Holocaust; written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz (Farrar).

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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