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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, March 10th-14th

This week on hbook.com…From the March/April issue: "What Makes a Good Book Cover?" by Thom BarthelmessMarch's Notes from the Horn Book: Five questions for Lois Ehlert, picture book biographies, preschool vehicle books, chapter books with spunky heroines, and YA adventures starring boysReviews of the Week: Picture Book: Stella's Starliner by...
      

March Notes

March Notes is here! This month, look for five questions for queen of collage Lois Ehlert, plus• picture book biographies about trailblazers• preschool books about vehicles• chapter books starring spirited heroines• YA novels about boys on the edgeEnjoy!Read the issue online here, or subscribe to receive both the monthly Notes from the Horn...
      

Five questions for Lois Ehlert

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Lois Ehlert started illustrating books in the 1960s and hit the big-time in 1989 with the now-classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Simon, 2–5 years), written by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault, and Color Zoo (Lippincott, 2–5 years), which was given a Caldecott Honor. In 2006 she received the Boston...
      

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

Five questions for Lois EhlertChicka Chicka Boom Boom written by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault, illus. by Lois Ehlert, Simon, 2–5 years.Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert, Lippincott, 2–5 years.Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, Harcourt, 4–7 years.The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert, Simon/Beach Lane, 5–8...
      

From the Editor – March 2014

Make sure you take a virtual wander down the hall to the Horn Book's newest blog, Lolly’s Classroom. Created and run by Lolly Robinson, the Horn Book production manager and designer and a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Lolly's Classroom is a place for teachers to meet...
      

Boys' life

A heartrending and hilarious junior-high road-trip novel; a story about stepping up in dire straits; an exploration of grief, false exteriors, and hope; and a riveting depiction of a boy feigning manhood. These new novels featuring teenage boys offer coming-of-age drama with real heart.Two teens abandon their lackluster lives and...
      

Flora and friends

Kate DiCamillo's Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (illustrated by K. G. Campbell; Candlewick, 6–9 years) — that warmly told and illustrated story of a comics-loving girl, a superheroic squirrel, and their friendship — took home the 2014 Newbery Medal. The following primary and early intermediate novels also star smart,...
      

Things that stop and go

Need a break from that perennial favorite Cars and Trucks and Things That Go? These four new transportation-themed picture books for preschoolers combine well-paced texts, dynamic illustrations, and entertaining stories — the perfect companion for daytime journeys and journeys into night.Byron Barton's My Bus (companion to My Car; Greenwillow, 2–4...
      

Lives lived large

Picture book biographies provide young children with glimpses into the lives of notable men and women. The following books highlight people whose accomplishments in the arts, on the seven seas, and on the world stage are inspirations to us all.Arun Gandhi, grandson of the Mahatma, tells of visiting Sevagram, India,...

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