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A Note from Me (June 12, 2020)

Dear friends: Yes, everything is still terrible out there, and I am glad that this morning’s psalm (37) had these words: A little longer — and the wicked shall have gone. Look at his place, he is not there. I wonder if those Horn Book readers who cancelled their Magazine...
      

"Informational children's books" FTW

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Jeopardy! fans know that record-smashing contestant James Holzhauer's secret is reading "informational children's books." Perhaps James — or wannabe Jameses — might benefit from a subscription to the Guide/Reviews Database, free during COVID-19. Browse our new [November 2020] Book Bundles feature or Nonfiction Notes archive, including "Collective biographies for Women's History Month," "Librarianship 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 CSK Illustrator Award winners

Winner Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poetsby Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth; illus. by Ekua HolmesIntermediate, Middle School, High School    Candlewick    50 pp.3/17    978-0-7636-8094-7    $16.99The title of this innovative poetry collection comes from Lucille Clifton, who wrote, “Poems come out of wonder, not...
      

Review of Real Friends

Real Friends by Shannon Hale; illus. by LeUyen Pham; color by Jane Poole Intermediate    First Second/Roaring Brook    220 pp. 5/17    978-1-62672-416-7    $21.99 Paper ed. 978-1-62672-785-4    $12.99 Author Hale recounts her elementary-school years in this graphic memoir that focuses on childhood friendship. Young Shannon feels a bit lost within her family,...
      

Letter to the Editor from Karen Coy, August 2017

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May/June and July/August 2017 Horn BookI was dismayed by the May/June edition of The Horn Book.  I am not a Republican and find it shocking and depressing that a vulgar man like Trump could win the nomination of a major political party, let alone be elected as president of the...
      

A Quick Way to Die: Humor in Translation

by Julia MarshallFor humor to work, someone has to find it funny. There are many ways to kill a book, and trying to be funny and failing would be one of the quicker yet most painful. And that includes translated books.At Gecko Press here in Wellington, we handpick children’s books...
      

Review of Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poetsby Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth; illus. by Ekua HolmesIntermediate, Middle School, High School    Candlewick    50 pp.3/17    978-0-7636-8094-7    $16.99The title of this innovative poetry collection comes from Lucille Clifton, who wrote, “Poems come out of wonder, not out...
      

Letters to the Editor, July/August 2017, and Response from Roger Sutton

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May/June 2017 Horn BookI’m writing to comment on an article in your May/June 2017 issue titled “Laughter and Resistance: Humor as a Weapon in the Age of Trump.”My comment regarding this article is in regard to Philip Nel’s language and opinions presented as if facts about President Trump.It would be...
      

From The Guide: Darkly Funny YA

When Andrew Smith’s book Grasshopper Jungle won the 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Fiction, it was praised for its blending of catastrophic sci-fi with angsty teen-humor. The following books likewise rely heavily on dark comedy to appeal to the snarky, self-referential nature of teenagers themselves, creating an appealing subgenre...

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