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Reviews of 2019 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 2019 winners.   A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes; illus. by the author Preschool    Greenwillow    40 pp.    g 9/18    978-0-06-266827-1    $18.99...
      

Pi Day 2019

Today is Pi Day (get it? March 14? 3/14? 3.14...?). To celebrate, here are two recent picture books about pie (and sharing and social justice and community and...). March being Women's History Month, check out these two recommended booklists about women in STEM and computing; this Notes from the Horn Book piece...
      

Reviews of the 2019 Caldecott Award winners

WinnerHello Lighthouseby Sophie Blackall; illus. by the authorPrimary    Little, Brown    48 pp.    g4/18    978-0-316-36238-2    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-316-36237-5    $9.99Blackall’s (Finding Winnie, rev. 9/15) picture book opens as a new keeper arrives to take up his solitary duties at a lighthouse “on the highest rock of a tiny island at the edge...
      

Reviews of the 2019 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

Winner Dreamersby Yuyi Morales; illus. by the authorPrimary Porter/Holiday 40 pp.9/18 978-0-8234-4055-9 $18.99e-book ed. 978-0-8234-4125-9 $18.99Spanish ed. 978-0-8234-4258-4 $18.99Two pairs of eyes shine from the cover of Morales’s book — the infant’s eyes brilliant with curiosity, his mother’s gaze pensive. These two “migrantes” arrive on “the other side, / thirsty,...
      

Review of Islandborn

Islandbornby Junot Díaz; illus. by Leo EspinosaPrimary Dial 48 pp.3/18 978-0-7352-2986-0 $17.99Spanish ed. 978-0-525-55281-9 $17.99Lola’s school, in an unnamed U.S. city, is full of immigrants like her. For homework one day, Ms. Obi tasks her young students with drawing “a picture of the country you are originally from.” Lola has...
      

Review of The Penderwicks at Last

The Penderwicks at Lastby Jeanne BirdsallIntermediate    Knopf    294 pp.5/18    978-0-385-75566-5    $16.99Library ed.  978-0-385-75567-2    $19.99e-book ed.  978-0-385-75568-9    $10.99The Penderwick series finale (most recently The Penderwicks in Spring, rev. 3/15) is a summertime reverie set at the real-but-still-magical-seeming Arundel estate where it all began fifteen years before. Preparations are underway to celebrate...
      

Review of Give Me Some Truth

Give Me Some Truthby Eric Gansworth; illus. by the authorHigh School    Levine/Scholastic    432 pp.    g5/18    978-1-338-14354-6    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-338-14355-3    $11.99Seventeen-year-old Carson Mastick has lived his whole life on the reservation, while fifteen-year-old Maggi (short for Magpie) Bokoni had been living in the city since she was eight and has only...
      

Review of New Shoes

New Shoesby Chris Raschka; illus. by the authorPreschool    Greenwillow    32 pp.5/18    978-0-06-265752-7    $17.99Children are often reminded to look up, not down at their feet while walking. Not so in this picture book that celebrates preschoolers’ close connection to the ground. Raschka illustrates the book from the perspective of a child...
      

Week in Review, June 18th-22nd

This week on hbook.com…One year ago we said goodbye to contributor and Friend of the Horn Book Robin Smith, whom Editor in Chief Roger Sutton rightly called “one of the best things to ever happen to The Horn Book.” Read some of her insightful, impassioned writing about children's books, then...
      

In Memoriam: Remembering Julius Lester

Julius Lester and Richard Michelson. Photo: Seth KayeWhen I contacted Julius Lester (1939–2018) in 2014 to ask if he would join us at my gallery to accept the seventh annual Reader to Reader Norton Juster Award for Devotion to Literacy, he said he was pleased to be celebrated and would...

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