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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, February 9th-13th

This week on hbook.com…Starred reviews, March/April 2015 Horn Book MagazineFebruary Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Lucy Cousins, outside-the-box concept books, PB bios about African American music icons, intermediate historical fiction, YA about sleazy corporationsReviews of the Week: Picture Book: Count with Maisy, Cheep, Cheep, Cheep! by Lucy Cousins Fiction: I...
      

From the Editor – February 2015

The ALA has spoken, and this year’s roster of awards for children’s and young adult books is impressively diverse and Diverse. The forthcoming issue of The Horn Book Herald includes all the lowdown about the Newbery, Caldecott and other book awards announced earlier this month in Chicago — and 2015...
      

Be-bop-a-skoodley!

These new picture-book biographies of African American music pioneers give primary readers something to sing about during Black History Month — and all year long.Seven-year-old Melba Liston chose to learn to play the trombone — an unconventional choice for a girl. By age seventeen, she was touring alongside the jazz...
      

Books mentioned in the February 2015 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Lucy CousinsCount with Maisy, Cheep, Cheep, Cheep! by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick, 2–5 years.I'm the Best by Lucy Cousins, Candlewick, 2–5 years.ABC, easy as 123Mix It Up! by Herve Tullét, Chronicle, 2–5 years.Press Here by Herve Tullét, Handprint/Chronicle, 2–5 years.The Happy Little Yellow Box: A Pop-Up Book of...
      

Bad company

Conspiracy theory or everyday life? These new YA novels — three thrillers and one dark comedy — star teen protagonists finding their places in worlds manipulated by not-so-scrupulous corporations.Walter Dean Myers's posthumously published On a Clear Day takes place in 2035. The Central Eight (C-8) companies rule everything, enriching themselves...
      

(Not-so) long ago or far away

In these works of historical fiction for middle graders — taking place in 1920s Alaska, 1932 North Carolina, WWII England, or 1950s Illinois — the settings may be unfamiliar, but the feelings are timeless.At the start of Kirkpatrick Hill's Bo at Iditarod Creek, Bo's family has left Ballard Creek for...
      

ABC, easy as 123

Who says ABC books are just for babies? Why can't you mix up some colors using just your finger, no paint? The following concept books defy conventions — and expectations.In Mix It Up!, Hervé Tullet follows the same format as in his hugely entertaining Press Here, but this time the...
      

Five questions for Lucy Cousins

If you know any little girls named Maisy (or Tallulah; or, for that matter, any little boys named Cyril), chances are good that it's because of Lucy Cousins. Her indomitable little-girl-mouse is beloved by toddlers and their grownups the world over, making Cousins one proud mama.1. Your latest Maisy book...

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