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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...

Picturing Imogen

In the March issue of Notes from the Horn Book, in honor of Women’s History Month, I picked out some recent picture-book biographies focusing on women who left their marks on society. Another worthy offering is Imogen: The Mother of Modernism and Three Boys (Cameron + Company, December 2012) by...

Five questions for Will Hobbs

Photo: Jean HobbsSince 1988 and the publication of Changes in Latitudes, Will Hobbs has been one of the preeminent adventure novelists writing for young people. Typically, his stories feature a young protagonist confronting some challenge or other posed by the natural world; in his new book Never Say Die, a...

From the editor – March 2013

I hope you can join us on Thursday, April 25th for “Fostering Lifelong Learners,” a one-day conference about early childhood education the Horn Book is co-sponsoring with the Cambridge Public Library and Reach Out and Read. The keynote address will be provided by Dr. Robert Needlman, editor of Dr. Spock’s...

Books mentioned in the March 2013 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Will HobbsNever Say Die by Will Hobbs, HarperCollins, 8–13 years.Boys will be boys: Middle grade adventuresB.U.G. (Big Ugly Guy) by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple, Dutton, 8–13 years.The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen, Scholastic, 8–13 years.Dragon Run by Patrick Matthews, Scholastic, 11–13 years.Navigating Early by Clare...

London calling

Victorian- and Edwardian-era England — whether in our own history or in an alternate reality — provides a vivid backdrop for these YA tales of derring-do.Performers in a Victorian freak show are detective heroes in Kieran Larwood’s Freaks. Sheba, a hirsute girl who can morph into wolf form, joins with...

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, and these four picture-book biographies of remarkable women who broke down boundaries and changed the world should find an audience of primary-aged girls and boys.Michelle Markel brings the plight of early-twentieth-century female garment workers to life in Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike...

Animals out and about

Four new titles for preschoolers star animal characters, every young child’s favorite picture book stand-in.In Construction Kitties by Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges, four indisputably cute overall-clad kitties don hard hats and hop into colorful earthmovers to dig into a kid-friendly building project revealed on the back endpapers. Shari Halpern’s gouache...

Boys will be boys: middle-grade adventures

From golems to pirate kings, dragons to wilderness quests, these action-oriented middle-grade novels featuring strong boy protagonists are packed with magic, intrigue, and page-turning plot twists.Sammy is a victim of bullying in Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple’s B.U.G. (Big Ugly Guy). Things improve when he starts a band with a...

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