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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 7th-March 11th

This week on hbook.com…Our new podcast is live! Listen to the first two episodes: 1.1 Social Medias and 1.2 What House Are You?Happy 100th Birthday, Beverly Cleary! We're celebrating with a series of Cleary appreciations from the March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine. This week's entries: "Everyone Needs a Ramona" by...
      

Spring into spring with March Notes!

In the March Notes from the Horn Book newsletter, Kitty Flynn and Martha V. Parravano team up for 5Q for illustrator Laura Dronzek about When Spring Comes (her latest collab with hubby Kevin Henkes). In this issue, you’ll also find: more spring-y picture books new easy-reader and chapter-book characters (who...
      

From the Editor – March 2016

Please have a listen to our new podcast, in which Siân Gaetano and I talk about goings-on at the Horn Book and in the world of children's books. Episode one is devoted to the pleasures and perils of social media; in episode two, I get Sorted into Ravenclaw. Who knew?I'll...
      

Five questions for Laura Dronzek

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Photo: Kevin HenkesLaura Dronzek’s color-drenched illustrations for When Spring Comes (Greenwillow, 2–4 years) bring husband Kevin Henkes’s poetic text into full bloom. Looking at her lively renderings of rain-soaked earth, flowering trees, baby animals, and other springtime delights, it’s easy to see Dronzek’s fine-arts background; her saturated acrylic paintings feature...
      

New (and old) friends for beginning readers

Many beginning readers love visiting familiar characters. Here are two continuations of existing series; one spinoff of an old favorite; and the beginning of a series whose characters may quickly feel like old friends.Tomie dePaola and Jim Lewis debut a series for just-beginning readers, with entertaining, expressive illustrations by dePaola....
      

Let's hear it for spring

Winter is almost over! Time to head outdoors. Four very different picture books take readers outside, whether it's on a working farm, in an imaginary tree fort, for a day out with two best friends (one is a bulldog), or going up on a mountaintop in search of a lost...
      

Some audiobooks!

Variously set long ago, far away and right here, right now, these audiobooks deeply engage middle-grade listeners in the struggles — and triumphs — of their protagonists.George, Alex Gino's middle-grade novel about a transgender girl named George (who secretly thinks of herself as Melissa), gets a remarkable reading from narrator...
      

Her-stories

March is Women's History Month, and this is an especially noteworthy year for one of the subjects of these four YA biographies (and possible vindication for another one of them whose notorious reputation precedes her).Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal offers a positive yet frank account...
      

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

Five questions for Laura DronzekWhen Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes, illus. by Laura Dronzek, Greenwillow, 2–4 years.Birds by Kevin Henkes, illus. by Laura Dronzek, Greenwillow, 2–4 years.It Is Night by Phyllis Rowand, illus. by Laura Dronzek, Greenwillow, 2–4 years.Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow, 2–4 years.Let's hear it...

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