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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...
      

New year, new Notes issue!

This afternoon subscribers to Notes from the Horn Book are receiving the first issue of 2019! This month you’ll find an interview with Caroline Cala about her series-starter Best Babysitters Ever, as well as lively picture books for snazzy storytimes early chapter books about mysteries and madcap schemes eye-opening YA...
      

Non-snoozy storytimes

Need some inspiration for a new year of storytimes? Learn how to shake things up with Julie Roach's classic tips for reading aloud, then choose one of these lively new picture books and invite participants to vroom, roar, bark, and awoooooooo along.The latest of Kate and Jim McMullan's things-that-go books,...
      

Schemers, sleuths, and spies

The familiar characters and structures of these early-chapter-book series entries will help emerging readers build confidence; plots featuring mysteries and madcap plans will keep them turning pages.The Infamous Ratsos return in Project Fluffy. BMOC Chuck Wood seeks Louie Ratso's advice in winning over his crush, Fluffy Rabbitski. Thrilled by Chuck's...
      

Books mentioned in the January 2019 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Caroline CalaBest Babysitters Ever by Caroline Cala, Houghton, 10–12 years.Non-snoozy storytimes I’m Tough! by Kate McMullan, illus. by Jim McMullan, HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, 3–5 years.Bigger Than You by Hyewon Kyung, Greenwillow, 3–5 years.Bark Park! by Trudy Krisher, illus. by Brooke Boynton-Hughes, Simon/Beach Lane, 3–5 years.Lost and Found Ducklings...
      

Eye-opening history

The following works of narrative nonfiction for middle schoolers and high schoolers focus on events that may be overlooked by school curricula but can help make history come alive.In 1873, a mob of armed white men massacred more than one hundred black "freedmen" in the town of Colfax in central...
      

Five questions for Caroline Cala

If you were a young reader in the nineties (or even if you weren’t), there’s a good chance you remember Ann M. Martin’s Baby-Sitters Club books. Author Caroline Cala definitely does, and her hilarious series-starter Best Babysitters Ever (Houghton, 10–12 years) brings Kristy’s great idea of yore to modern readers...
      

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, everybody. I hope you got some good reading done over the holidays. Me, I shuttled among Tim Mohr's Burning Down the Haus (a history of punk rock in East Germany), Ruth Ware's The Death of Mrs. Westaway, and Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, those latter choices, each about...

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