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[See also our Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book archives]   2020 January 2020 Five questions for Kacen Callender Sense of place Intergenerational warmth and wisdom Fascinating figures from twentieth-century history From the Editor February 2020 Five questions for A.S. King about Dig. ALA Awards 2020: Horn Book reviews of...
      

Books mentioned in the November 2018 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Traci Sorell and Frané LessacWe Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, illus. by Frané Lessac, Charlesbridge, 5–8 years.Noticing nature's cyclesThey Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki, Abrams, 5–8 years.Look at the Weather by Britta Teckentrup, trans. by Shelley Tanaka, 5–8 years.Quiet by Tomie dePaola, Greenwillow, 3–7 years.Winter Is...
      

2017 Summer Reading from The Horn Book: High School

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Here are our top ten books for different age ranges — including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry — all published 2016–2017 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.For a...
      

2017 Summer Reading List

For a handy take-along list of titles, download our printable PDF.Picture BooksSuggested grade level for all entries: PS–2Life on Mars written and illus. by Jon Agee (Dial)Rescue Squad No. 9 written and illus. by Mike Austin (Random House)Jabari Jumps written and illus. by Gaia Cornwall (Candlewick)Chirri & Chirra written and...
      

Dystopian teen heroes

These four novels envision authoritarian societies, some in the future, some not-so-futuristic, that cause their teenage protagonists to take revolutionary action.Under Little Town's strict Regime, no one crosses the border to or from Old Country — until the Duda family arrives as refugees. Protagonist Charlie befriends teenager Pavel Duda and...
      

Reviews of the 2017 Printz Award winners

Winner: March: Book Threeby John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. by Nate PowellMiddle School, High School  Top Shelf Productions  254 pp.8/16    978-1-60309-402-3    $19.99    gThis final volume (March: Book One, rev. 1/14; March: Book Two, rev. 5/15) includes the expected and necessary set pieces from the civil rights...
      

Reviews of 2016 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 2016 winners. The Bear Ate Your Sandwichby Julia Sarcone-Roach; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary   Knopf   40 pp.1/15   978-0-375-85860-4   $16.99   ge-book ed. 978-0-307-98242-1  ...
      

2016 Mind the Gap Awards: The books that didn’t win at ALA

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Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. The books that didn’t win.     The dog ate your medal   The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach       Dancing in the dark   The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma       Lost in...
      

Audio for teens

Who says teenagers never listen? The following YA audiobooks are so compelling that teens will be lost in the stories.The audiobook version of Challenger Deep, Neal Shusterman's novel about one young man's battle with mental illness, reinforces both the disorienting confusion of the disease and the tenuous hopes for its...
      

Books mentioned in the May 2016 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Mordicai GersteinI Am Pan! by Mordicai Gerstein, Roaring Brook, 4–8 years.Folktales reduxHansel & Gretel by Holly Hobbie, Little, Brown, 4–8 years.Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray, Candlewick, 4–8 years.Little Red by Bethan Woollvin, Peachtree, 4–8 years.Good Night, Baddies by Deborah Underwood, illus. by Juli Kangas, Simon/Beach Lane,...

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