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[See also our Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book archives]   2021 January 2021 Five questions for Megan Whalen Turner YA world building Primary animal fantasy chapter books Intermediate STEM From the Editor February 2021 Five questions for Frank Morrison Black history, American history Middle-grade sci-fi/fantasy for Black History Month...

Horn Book Week in Review, January 6th-10th

This week on the January/February 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Anita Burkam asks "What Makes a Good Horse Book?" Teacher and author Monica Edinger calls for a more nuanced depiction of Africa in books for children.January's issue of Notes from the Horn Book features Newbery/Caldecott award predictions,...

January Notes

The first Notes issue of the new year is here! We asked eight people-in-the-know what they think (or just desperately hope) might win the Newbery and Caldecott Medals. Also in this issue:• around the world in four new picture books• reread-worthy easy readers• nonfiction about scientists and their work• YA...

Books mentioned in the January 2014 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

One question for eight people: the Newbery/Caldecott edition of Five QuestionsFar Far Away by Tom McNeal, Knopf, 13–16 years.Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan, Candlewick, 8–12 years.The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata, Atheneum, 10–14 years.P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia, HarperCollins/Amistad, 10–14 years.Journey by Aaron Becker,...

From the Editor – January 2014

The Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott and School Library Journal’s Heavy Medal are busily winding up their coverage of the 2013 Caldecott and Newbery contenders, easily the most-discussed book prizes in the country: take a bow, ALSC! If they are at all like me, those bloggers are also nervously worrying about...

“Listen, if you will…”

When the ghost of Jacob Grimm speaks, you’d better listen. It’s a pleasure to listen to the audiobook versions of Far Far Away and the following other books for older readers.Tom McNeal’s novel Far Far Away begins as the lonely ghost of Jacob Grimm arrives in Never Better and meets...

Scientists in the field (and at home)

From Australia's Shark Bay to Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands to turn-of-the-twentieth-century New York, these new titles show scientists in their natural habitats.Nikola Tesla — visionary, inventor, electrical engineer — is often overshadowed in textbooks by scientists such as Edison and Marconi. In Elizabeth Rusch’s Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up...

Easy, breezy easy readers

Skiing squirrels, robot pals, lovebird mammals, and story-time creatures in (not too much) peril. These new books for the youngest readers are ones that kids will be able to — and, perhaps more importantly, will want to — read.New readers are in for a treat with the Urgency Emergency! series...

All the world’s children

Looking for picture books that embrace diversity? The following stories present kids from a variety of backgrounds enjoying time with their friends, their family members…and their pet llamas.Maria and her llama smile out at us from the cover of Angela Dominguez’s bilingual picture book set in the Peruvian Alps, Maria...

One question for eight people: the Newbery/Caldecott edition of Five Questions

We've asked people in-the-know for their 2014 Newbery and/or Caldecott awards predictions — what do you think will win? Or what do you hope will win?Martha Parravano, executive editor, The Horn Book, coauthor, Calling Caldecott blog:I’m predictably terrible at predicting award winners. My choice almost never wins, and when it...

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