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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...
      

Mother: Treat Her Right 2016

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What's better than hearing Mr. T extol the virtues of mothers? (that would be: nothing)You know who else loved their mothers? Abraham Lincoln ("All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother") and John Quincy Adams ("All that I am, my mother made me"), among...
      

Week in Review, May 11th-15th

This week on hbook.com…From the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Transformations: Book & Me comics by Charise Mericle Harper "Transformers: Transforming the Classics" by Gareth HindsMay Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: five questions for Last Stop on Market Street illustrator Christian Robinson, more picture books celebrating grandmas,...
      

May Notes

The May edition of Notes from the Horn Book is on its way! An interview with Last Stop on Market Street illustrator Christian Robinson kicks it off, followed by more picture books celebrating grandmas picture-book musician biographies intermediate fantasy with a hint of creepiness historical fiction for teensRead the issue...
      

Deliciously creepy fantasy

Magical alter egos, parallel worlds, and uncanny situations add a bit of atmospheric creepiness to these four intermediate and middle-school fantasy adventures.Twig Fowler and her mother keep to themselves so that their neighbors in Sidwell, Massachusetts, won't discover their secret: Twig's older brother James has wings, thanks to a generations-old...
      

Hooray for Grandma!

Four new picture books celebrate the special place grandmothers have in their grandchildren's lives. Being a new big sister's much-needed ally, introducing a young child to the pleasures of gardening, getting serious about pretend play as a custodial grandparent, or nurturing a budding artist's creative spark, grandmothers' roles are vibrant...
      

Teens meet history

Adolescence is always a time of transition. For the characters in these YA historical novels, that transition takes place while the world is changing as well.Black Dove, White Raven is set mostly in Ethiopia in the 1930s. Em (who is white) and Teo (who's black) have grown up together, their...
      

From the Editor - May 2015

It's that time of year again: the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards will be announced on May 27th. I'll be sharing the honor of naming the winners with Rebecca Stead, who won the 2010 Fiction Award for When You Reach Me, at 5:00 pm in New York City at SLJ's Day...
      

They've got the beat

Picture-book biographies can be an instrumental way to introduce children to musical figures. Whether they're breaking new ground or slapping the skins — or both! — the following real-life performers will inspire kids to march to their own beat.The protagonist of Margarita Engle's poetic picture book Drum Dream Girl: How...
      

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

Five questions for Christian RobinsonLast Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, illus. by Christian Robinson, Putnam, 5–8 years.Hooray for Grandma!Use Your Words, Sophie! by Rosemary Wells, Viking, 2–5 years.Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner, illus. by Christopher Silas Neal, Chronicle, 5–8...

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