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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...
      

Week in Review, January 11th-15th

This week on hbook.com…Horn Book reviews of the 2016 ALA YMA winners and honor books including Caldecott, Newbery, CSK Author and Illustrator Awards, Belpré, Printz, Sibert, Geisel, Batchelder, and morePhotos from the 2016 ALA Midwinter conferenceJanuary Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Barbara McClintock, movin' and groovin' picture books,...
      

Dancing into 2016 with January's Notes!

In January's edition of Notes from the Horn Book, I had the honor of talking to author/illustrator Barbara McClintock about her latest picture book, Emma and Julia Love Ballet. (Check out that super-cute picture of Barbara in the ballet studio!) You'll also find:   more movin' and groovin' picture books...
      

From the Editor - January 2016

Well, a few years ago the Caldecott Medal went to what many people thought was a novel (The Invention of Hugo Cabret), and this week we have the Newbery going to a thirty-two page picture book, the first time this has happened since A Visit to William Blake's Inn in...
      

Five questions for Barbara McClintock

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Each of author/illustrator Barbara McClintock's picture books provides a glimpse into a jewel-box of a world, from bustling early-twentieth-century Paris (Adèle & Simon; Farrar, 4–7 years) to a cozy 1970s mouse-house (Where's Mommy?, written by Beverly Donofrio; Schwartz & Wade, 4–7 years). Her latest, Emma and Julia Love Ballet (Scholastic,...
      

The world around us

Preschoolers' curiosity makes them an ideal audience for books about animals and the natural world. These nonfiction picture books communicate information at a preschool-perfect pace — and with plenty of wonder.In Woodpecker Wham!, author April Pulley Sayre uses a rhyming, sound word–filled text to introduce the distinctively noisy woodpecker and...
      

Get a move on

Whether kicking a soccer ball, dancing ballet, tiptoeing through the…jungle, or belly-sliding on the ice, these feisty protagonists know how to keep things moving. Get on up!Brian Pinkney’s On the Ball begins on a soccer field, then takes flight as a young boy’s imagination soars. The opening text reads, “Owen...
      

Survival adventures

These high-stakes survival tales feature bad-ass boys braving the elements, racing the clock, battling villains, and fending off wild creatures, all while learning a little something about themselves and nature. Thrill-seekers should be enthralled.Tristan Bancks's On the Run begins with twelve-year-old Ben's parents fleeing the police, leaving Ben and his...
      

Identifying with history

In poetry or prose, these works of historical fiction for middle graders delve into the search for identity during hard times, offering paths to self-fulfillment through connecting with family or the arts.In American Ace, a novel in verse, Marilyn Nelson tells the story of Connor Bianchini, who discovers that his...
      

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

Five questions for Barbara McClintockAdèle & Simon by Barbara McClintock, Farrar, 4–7 years.Where’s Mommy?, written by Beverly Donofrio, Schwartz & Wade, 4–7 years.Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock, Scholastic, 4–7 years.Get a move onOn the Ball by Brian Pinkney, Disney-Hyperion, 3–6 years.Tiptoe Tapirs by Hanmin Kim, Holiday, 3–6...

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