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Publishers’ Previews

  Welcome to The Horn Book Magazine’s Publishers’ Previews, a special advertising supplement that appears in The Horn Book Magazine and allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. The Horn Book has been asking Five Questions of authors...
      

Banned Books Week 2018

It’s Banned Books Week! From The American Library Association’s website: “Every year, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The lists are based on information from media stories and...
      

Reviews of 2018 Mind the Gap Award winners

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. Our annual Mind the Gap Awards pay tribute to our favorite books that didn’t win. Here’s how we reviewed our 2018 winners. Windowsby Julia Denos; illus. by E. B. GoodalePreschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g10/17    978-0-7636-9035-9    $15.99“At the end of the day,...
      

Reviews of the 2018 Printz Award winners

WinnerWe Are Okayby Nina LaCourHigh School     Dutton      234 pp.2/17     978-0-525-42589-2     $17.99Alone on a snowy campus for winter break during her first year of college, Marin — who abruptly fled her California home for reasons that only gradually become clear — anxiously awaits the arrival of her best...
      

Reviews of the 2018 CSK Author Award winners

WinnerPiecing Me Togetherby Renée WatsonMiddle School, High School    Bloomsbury    264 pp.2/17    978-1-68119-105-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-68119-106-5    $12.99At her mother’s prodding, Jade has spent her high school career preparing herself for success. That has included taking every opportunity offered to her: a scholarship to the prestigious (and mostly white; Jade is African...
      

Reviews of the 2018 Newbery Award winners

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WinnerHello, Universeby Erin Entrada KellyIntermediate, Middle School    Greenwillow    314 pp.3/17    978-0-06-241415-1    $16.99    ge-book ed.  978-0-06-241417-5    $9.99Virgil Salinas is shy and bullied at school. Since he doesn’t know his multiplication tables, his nasty classmate Chet Bullens, a.k.a. “the Bull” (your standard-issue middle-school bully), repeatedly calls...
      

Reviews of the 2018 Caldecott Award winners

Winner: Wolf in the Snowby Matthew Cordell; illus. by the authorPrimary    Feiwel    48 pp.1/17    978-1-250-07636-6    $17.99    gA series of illustrations before the title page sets the scene: a prairie landscape in winter, home to both humans and wolves. Setting off alone toward home from school as a blizzard descends, a...
      

Review of Hello, Universe

Hello, Universeby Erin Entrada KellyIntermediate, Middle School    Greenwillow    314 pp.3/17    978-0-06-241415-1    $16.99    ge-book ed.  978-0-06-241417-5    $9.99Virgil Salinas is shy and bullied at school. Since he doesn’t know his multiplication tables, his nasty classmate Chet Bullens, a.k.a. “the Bull” (your standard-issue middle-school bully), repeatedly calls...
      

Review of Izzy Kline Has Butterflies: A Novel in Small Moments

Izzy Kline Has Butterflies: A Novel in Small Momentsby Beth AinIntermediate    Random    167 pp.3/17    978-0-399-55080-5    $16.99Library ed.  978-0-399-55081-2    $19.99    ge-book ed.  978-0-399-55082-9    $10.99Fourth grader Izzy has her share of common woes — mean girls, school anxiety, auditions for a play, a dad with...
      

Reviews of select titles by Deborah Heiligman

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdősby Deborah Heiligman; illus. by LeUyen PhamPrimary    Roaring Brook    48 pp.6/13    978-1-59643-307-6    $17.99 gHeiligman and Pham combine their considerable talents in this unique look at the “Magician from Budapest,” nomadic mathematician Paul Erdős (1913–96). A precocious youngster, Paul hates rules....

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