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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, July 11th-15th

This week on hbook.com…We're celebrating the 2016 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators!  Mind the Gap Awards: the books that didn't win at ALA Reviews of 2016 Mind the Gap Award winnersSee all of our 2016 ALA coverage here.July's Notes: 5Q for Lauren Wolk, middle-grade historical fiction, preschool books...
      

July's Notes is on the way!

July's Notes from the Horn Book newsletter will hit your inbox any minute. This month, we chat with Lauren Wolk about her new historical novel Wolf Hollow. You'll also find more new historical novels about kids living through difficult times picture books about preschool milestones nonfiction apps to help primary/intermediate...
      

Five questions for Lauren Wolk

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When twelve-year-old Annabelle's small town is terrorized by a series of vicious attacks, many townsfolk blame World War I veteran and vagabond Toby. Only Annabelle knows that new girl Betty is actually responsible for the cruelty. Adult author and poet Lauren Wolk makes her (stunning!) middle-grade debut with the powerful...
      

Apps to beat the summer slump

These nonfiction apps introduce new information, reinforce familiar concepts with a fresh approach, and strengthen developing skills to encourage engaged learning throughout summer — and all year long.In Professor Astro Cat's Solar System (based on the 2013 nonfiction book Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space), cat cosmonaut Professor Astro Cat...
      

"What are you doing after graduation?"

What high-school senior doesn't dread that question? Young adulthood is full of change and daunting decisions; even those with solid post-graduation plans may feel as much uncertainty as excitement. The protagonists of these new novels are on the cusp of similarly life-changing moments.In Bryan Bliss's Meet Me Here, Thomas watches...
      

Preschool milestones

Learning to share is hard. So is learning to use the potty and how to ditch the pacifier. The following books will help encourage preschoolers to take the next steps (though IRL they won't get there until they're ready).In the Leslie Patricelli preschool-book mold, the Big Kid Power series by...
      

The past made personal

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Here are four historical novels about kids living through difficult times in the past, all recommended for intermediate readers.Marc Tyler Nobleman's epistolary novel Brave like My Brother explores ten-year-old Charlie's home-front uncertainty and the challenges of war for his older brother Joe. Joe's letters describe life as a soldier stationed...
      

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

Five questions for Lauren WolkWolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk, Dutton, 10–13 years.The past made personalBrave like My Brother by Marc Tyler Nobleman, Scholastic, 7–10 years.Makoons [Birchbark House] by Louise Erdrich, HarperCollins/Harper, 8–11 years.Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm, Random, 8–11 years.Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm, Random, 8–11 years.Lion...
      

From the Editor – July 2016

If you missed ALA in Orlando — or if you just miss ALA in Orlando — the Horn Book is here to help. We have published the acceptance speeches by and profiles of the Coretta Scott King, Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder winners, and Siân and I discuss the conference on...

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