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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, August 10th-14th

This week on hbook.com…August's Notes from the Horn Book: five questions for Sonia Manzano on Becoming Maria, more middle-school memoirs, poetry, easy readers and early chapter books, graphic novel fantasySummer 2015 Board Book RoundupReviews of the Week: Picture Book: My Cousin Momo by Zachariah OHora Fiction: Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead...
      

Five questions for Sonia Manzano

Photo: Edward PaganSonia Manzano's forty-four-year run as Sesame Street's Maria recently came to a close, but that doesn't mean she's taking it easy. Her newest book, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx (Scholastic, 14 years and up), is a memoir in which Manzano recounts her rough childhood...
      

From the Editor - August 2015

I’m happy to announce that Susan Cooper will be keynoting "Transformations," the 2015 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, to be held at Simmons College on October 3rd, following the presentation of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards the evening before. Susan, who won the BGHB Fiction Award in 1973 for The...
      

Picturing fantasy

Funny, action-packed, thought-provoking (and sometimes all of the above), these three graphic novels and one…well, what do you call Brian Selznick's books? take readers on fantastic adventures.Brian Selznick defined his own format with The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck. He pushes the envelope even further in The Marvels. Black-and-white...
      

Easy reading

With summer coming to a close and school peeking its head around the corner, children can get into the swing of things with the following titles about kid-friendly subjects, from dance and princesses to raccoons and robots.It's that age-old childhood dilemma: "What do you want to play today?" In Ballet...
      

Poetry and pictures

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Poetry appears in many forms in these four illustrated books: one collection of old favorites, two books that present original poetry in both Spanish and English, and one biography of an enslaved man who became a poet.JooHee Yoon's sixteen selections of poems about animals in Beastly Verse include the usual...
      

This is my life

Memoirs capture moments in time, those events that are formative or emblematic or otherwise meaningful for their subjects. Surprising, intimate, cathartic — Brown Girl Dreaming, El Deafo, Becoming Maria (see Randy Ribay’s interview with Sonia Manzano), the new books below, and these recommended by The Horn Book Guide, for example...
      

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

Five questions for Sonia ManzanoBecoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx, Scholastic, 14 years and up.This is my lifeTaking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University by Francisco Jiménez, Houghton, 14 years and up.Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle, Atheneum, 14 years and...

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