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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 7th - 11th

This week on hbook.com…From the May/June 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Humor: "A Quick Way to Die: Humor in Translation" by Julia MarshallAugust issue of Notes from the Horn Book: Five questions for author Mitali Perkins, YA about changing sibling relationships, "WAHOO!"-worthy concept books, dynamic-duo easy...
      

Mitali Perkins and more in August Notes

Check out the August edition of Notes from the Horn Book newsletter to find 5Q for author Mitali Perkins on her new, generation-spanning YA novel, You Bring the Distant Near. More from this issue: YA novels exploring the joys and challenges of shifting sibling dynamics "WAAHOO"-worthy concept books funny, episodic...
      

STEM apps

These STEM-oriented nonfiction apps can help intermediate students brush up on knowledge for the coming school year — or invite them to explore an engaging new subject.What if we measured our lives in units other than hours, days, months, and years? Would life "feel shorter? Longer? More absurd? More precious?"...
      

Family ties

Maya Angelou wrote, "Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at." For many teens, adolescence includes contending with changing sibling relationships. Four new novels explore the joys and challenges of these shifting dynamics.Suzette and Lionel, the protagonists of Brandy Colbert's Little & Lion, are close teen step-siblings...
      

From the Editor -- August 2017

A reminder that registration is now open for the 2017 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Resistance: Children’s Books in Troubled Times, which takes place in Boston on October 7, the day after the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. Your ticket to the Colloquium gets you in to the awards ceremony, and...
      

Just the two of us

Four funny, episodic books for emerging readers feature dynamic duos — human, invertebrate, and everything in between.Laurel Snyder's beginning chapter book Charlie & Mouse is filled to the brim with sincere, slice-of-life sibling moments. In four chapters, the two eponymous brothers have a party on the playground, attempt to sell...
      

OH! AH! WAAHOO! Concept books!

Learning about colors, numbers, sounds, and the ABCs can be a blast ("WAAHOO!") with these concept books for preschoolers-and-up.Say Zoop!, the latest old-school interactive picture book by Hervé Tullet (author of Press Here), plays with sounds, primary colors, and creativity. The book begins: touch a small blue dot "and say...
      

Books mentioned in the August 2017 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Mitali PerkinsYou Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins, Farrar, 12–16 years.Family tiesLittle & Lion by Brandy Colbert, Little, 14 years and up.Juniper Lemon’s Guide to Happiness by Julie Israel, Penguin/Dawson, 14 years and up.The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertali, HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, 14 years and...
      

Five questions for Mitali Perkins

Photo: Bethany Carnes.Mitali Perkins's latest novel You Bring the Distant Near (Farrar, 12–16 years) is a sprawling family epic that follows three generations of women in the Das family — matriarch Ranee; her daughters Tara and Sonia; and each of their daughters, Anna and Chantal. The story begins in 1965...

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