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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...

Week in Review: April 11th-15th

This week on…Remembering James Cross GiblinHappy 100th Birthday, Beverly Cleary! We're celebrating with a series of Cleary appreciations from the March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine and on Out of the Box. Elissa rounds up all the entries in Today’s the day! Happy 100th birthday, Beverly Cleary.Frances Hardinge Talks with...

April Notes is here

In the April Notes from the Horn Book newsletter, we ask poet Roxane Orgill 5Q about Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph (including her recommended jazz playlist!). This issue also features poetry collections to help intermediate readers celebrate National Poetry Month picture books to inspire close observation middle-grade...

Brave new worlds

Along with questions about technological and scientific advances, these recent YA novels — three sci-fi adventures and one science-centric historical fantasy — implicitly explore issues of social justice, inviting readers to think critically about our own world.Having escaped from prisonlike Haven in Killer of Enemies, a battle-hardened Lozen now leads...

Twentieth-century friends

Here are four works of historical fiction with vivid characters whose relationship with friends and family will draw middle-grade readers into their stories.In G. Neri's Tru & Nelle, Truman, an eccentric Little Lord Fauntleroy aspirant, and Nelle, a feisty girl with a boyish haircut, strike up an unlikely and unshakable...

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

Five questions for Roxane OrgillJazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill, illus. by Francis Vallejo, Candlewick, 6–9 years.A variety of versesWhen Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano, illus. by Julie Morstad, Roaring Brook, 5–8 years.Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by...

Look closely

The following books encourage young children to use their powers of observation and look closely at the pages before them — and at the world around them.Starting with a clever, attention-grabbing title — I Hear a Pickle: (and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too!) — Rachel Isadora's book about...

A variety of verses

Poetry can rhyme, or not. It can take interesting shapes, or just use straightforward lines. These collections for primary and intermediate readers are great examples of the many forms poetry can take. Look for our What Makes Good Poetry? newsletter in your inbox on April 27, 2016.When Green Becomes Tomatoes:...

Five questions for Roxane Orgill

Art Kane's spectacular 1958 photograph of fifty-seven jazz greats, Harlem 1958, was the inspiration for Roxane Orgill's poetry collection Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph (Candlewick, 6–9 years), illustrated by Francis Vallejo. With equal measure warmth and humor, confidence and awe, Orgill's poems capture a thrilling moment in...

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