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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...
      

Make some noise: Hubbub Festival's Creative Commotion for Kids

Hubbub is a brand-new child-centric creativity festival produced by Boston Book Fest. The festival's mission statement:Our goal is to inspire and encourage creativity with a combination of world-class authors and artistic acts, as well as hands-on activities and experiences where kids will experiment, design, and create. We believe that curiosity,...
      

Week in Review, June 8th-12th

This week on hbook.com…Starred reviews coming up in the July/August Horn Book MagazineJune's issue of Notes from the Horn Book: five questions for Ann Bausum on Stonewall, more YA narrative nonfiction, picture books for Father's Day, summery primary adventures, wacky intermediate audiobooksFrom the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue:...
      

From the Editor - June 2015

2010 BGHB Fiction Award winner Rebecca Stead and Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton announce the 2015 BGHB winners. Photo by Mark Tuchman of SLJ.Who got it right, the Newbery and Caldecott or the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards? This isn't exactly a fair fight as the different awards have...
      

Five questions for Ann Bausum

Photo: Sam BoutelleAnn Bausum has written nonfiction about U.S. presidents and first ladies, muckrakers, Freedom Riders, suffragists, immigrants, and world wars. Her latest book Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights (Viking, 11–15 years) focuses on the 1969 Stonewall riots, which helped kick things off (spectacularly; there was...
      

Lives and times

The settings of these narrative nonfiction titles span decades and geography — from WWII Denmark to contemporary Malawi — but the issues they explore are incredibly timely.When heavy rains, then drought, devastated his country of Malawi and the corrupt government didn't respond, young William Kamkwamba used his scientific ingenuity to...
      

Hoppy for Poppy

Perfect for Father's Day read-alouds, these picture books show a variety of dads — from those on lily pads to those in eucalyptus forests, from fantasy kingdoms to suburban parks — raising, teaching, and loving their children.In David Ezra Stein's Tad and Dad, little frog Tad loves his father so...
      

Listen, laugh, and learn

Some stories can be at their funniest — and most poignant — when read aloud. The following audiobooks, recommended for intermediate and middle-school listeners, offer lots of laughs and lots to learn.Lynne Rae Perkins's Nuts to You tells the wacky story of a trio of industrious young squirrels saving their...
      

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

Five questions for Ann BausumStonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum, Viking, 11–15 years.Lives and timesThe Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, illus. by Anna Hymas, Dial, 9–12 years.March: Book Two by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illus. by Nate...
      

In summer

Anna and Kristoff. Olaf and Sven. Pablo and Alicia. The following books for young independent readers feature unlikely pairs palling around in the big city, the 'burbs…and contemporary Norway. (Is that close to Arendelle? It is!)At the start of Nadja Spiegelman's lively graphic-novel picture book Lost in NYC: A Subway...

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