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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 8th - 12th

This week on hbook.com…April 2019 issue of Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Christian Robinson, picture books that "spring into nature," poetry collections, grief in middle-grade and middle-school novelsApril 2019: Spring News issue of The Horn Book Herald: 5Q for Raúl the Third, National Library Week, National Poetry Month,...
      

Journeys through grief

Though each of the protagonists of these middle-grade and middle-school stories navigates grief in her or his own way, their paths to healing are all poignant and relatable.In Kwame Alexander's Rebound, the 1988-set prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, twelve-year-old Charlie Bell is spending the summer with his grandparents...
      

Five questions for Christian Robinson

Photo: John Kwiatkowski.Another (Atheneum, 3–7 years) is the debut of acclaimed illustrator Christian Robinson working as both author and illustrator…in a wordless, sci-fi picture book about cats, wormholes (or maybe parallel universes?), friendship, and play. Filled with color and joy, the book alters perceptions and stretches imaginations.1. Another is your first solo...
      

From the Editor - April 2019

If you haven't already had the chance, please look at the gorgeous cover, by Kadir Nelson, of our upcoming May/June Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: CSK Book Awards at 50. Called "the gold issue" by guest editors Andrea Davis Pinkney and Rudine Sims Bishop, this special issue of the Magazine...
      

Happy National Poetry Month 2019!

April is National Poetry Month. These illustrated collections for primary and intermediate readers show the variety of forms poetry can take (hello, riddle-ku!) and topics it can cover — from melting snowmen to creativity-unlocking pencils and more. For more on poetry from The Horn Book, see the tags National Poetry...
      

Spring into nature

Spring is a season of rebirth, which makes it a great time to discover Mother Nature's many wonders. These new picture books will inspire inquisitive preschoolers-and-up to venture outside and explore.The Home Builders by Varsha Bajaj invites children to observe nature as a variety of creatures busily create homes to...
      

Books mentioned in the April 2019 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Christian RobinsonAnother by Christian Robinson, Atheneum, 3–7 years.Spring into natureThe Home Builders by Varsha Bajaj, Simona Mulazzani, Penguin/Paulsen, 3–5 years.Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman, Viking, 3–5 years.Olive & Pekoe: In Four Short Walks by Jacky Davis, illus. by Giselle Potter, Greenwillow, 4–8 years.Hey,...

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