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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, April 6th-10th

This week on hbook.com…Starred reviews coming up in the May/June 2015 Horn Book MagazineApril's Notes newsletter: 5Q for Nikki Grimes, primary poetry, bird picture books, grrl-power intermediate fiction, and gritty YA starring teen boysReviews of the Week: Picture Book: Dinosaur vs. Mommy by Bob Shea Fiction: The Penderwicks in Spring by...
      

April's Notes issue

In our April edition of Notes from the Horn Book, we're celebrating National Poetry Month by chatting with poet Nikki Grimes about her new picture book, Poems in the Attic. Other goodies in this issue: more poetry books for primary and intermediate readers spring-y picture books about birds grrl-power intermediate...
      

Five questions for Nikki Grimes

April is National Poetry Month, and what better way to celebrate than by talking with acclaimed poet Nikki Grimes? Her many books include narratives in verse, prose fiction, poetry collections, and nonfiction, frequently featuring African American characters and culture. In Grimes's latest picture book, Poems in the Attic (illustrated by...
      

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

Five questions for Nikki GrimesPoems in the Attic by Nikki Grimes, illus. by Elizabeth Zunon, Lee & Low, 5–8 years.A Pocketful of Poems by Nikki Grimes, illus. by Javaka Steptoe, Clarion, 5–8 years.Versatile verseWonton and Chopstick by Lee Wardlaw, illus. by Eugene Yelchin, Holt, 5–8 years.A Poem in Your Pocket...
      

From the Editor - April 2015

The Academy of American Poets chose wisely back in 1996 when they designated April as National Poetry Month. A book of poetry is the perfect choice for outdoor reading in spring. You can open to one page and put your hands back in your pockets to warm while you read....
      

Life, death, and football

Gritty and intense but also full of heart and hope, each of these four YA novels stars a teenage boy facing some of life's most serious challenges.Andrew Smith follows his 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award–winning Grasshopper Jungle with the similarly multilayered, ambitious novel The Alex Crow. Fifteen-year-old war refugee Ariel...
      

Fearless females

From an aspiring journalist to an up-and-coming roller derby grrl, the determined and curious female protagonists of these intermediate and middle-school books are ready to take on the world.In Tricia Springstubb's Moonpenny Island, the titular tiny Ohio vacation spot is lousy with fossils — specifically, of trilobites from the Cambrian...
      

The early bird

After a long, hard winter, spring has finally returned. With it come our little feathered friends — and picture books about them.In Ole Könnecke's humorous, cheering picture book You Can Do It, Bert!, a small red bird walks out to the end of a slender tree branch, trepidation written all...
      

Versatile verse

National Poetry Month (better known as April) celebrates a form that can be used in myriad ways to explore any topic imaginable. Here are two collections of poems with themes in common, and two books that use poetry to help tell a larger story.A kitty named Won Ton makes his...

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