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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, September 8th-12th

This week on hbook.com…September's Notes from the Horn Book: five questions for Christine Heppermann, YA girls on the edge, picture book sequels, primary nature nonfiction, and middle-grade friendship storiesSeptember children's literature eventsReviews of the Week: Picture Book: Draw! by Raúl Colón Fiction: Beetle Boy by Margaret Willey Poetry: Poisoned Apples:...
      

Once upon a newsletter

In September's Notes from the Horn Book, Kitty asks past HB reviewer/contributor Christine Heppermann five questions about her new fairy tale–inspired YA poetry collection, Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty. This issue's also got• girls on the edge in YA novels• sequels to beloved picture books• primary nonfiction on...
      

Five questions for Christine Heppermann

Photo: Eric HinsdalePoet Christine Heppermann is a young adult book reviewer, a backyard chicken enthusiast, and the author of several nonfiction books for children and young adults. With her first YA poetry collection, Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty (Greenwillow, 14 years and up), Heppermann reveals herself to be...
      

Picture book sequels you've been waiting for

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Young children often latch on to particular characters or stories they love, so it's little surprise that we see many familiar faces return in new picture book adventures. Here are four entertaining sequels sure to delight fans.Quest — the second in Aaron Becker's planned wordless trilogy — opens in the...
      

Girls on the edge

The protagonists of these pull-no-punches YA novels experience the dark side of adolescence, from mental illness to abuse to trauma to religious intolerance to the death of a loved one — but each one is given what she needs to overcome her challenges.After she is caught cutting herself in the...
      

Books mentioned in the September 2014 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Christine HeppermannPoisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann, photos by various artists, Greenwillow, 14 years and up.City Chickens by Christine Heppermann, Houghton, 8–11 years.Girls on the edgeKiss of Broken Glass by Madeline Kuderick, HarperTeen, 14 years and up.The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie...
      

Middle-grade BFFs

The friends you make in childhood can be the best ones of your life. The following books highlight unlikely friendships that are made to last.   Christopher Paul Curtis's The Madman of Piney Woods (companion to Newbery Honor Book Elijah of Buxton) takes place in 1901, with the American Civil War...
      

Nature lovers

Back-to-school blues? Give kids these engaging science books — which introduce primary readers to intriguing animals, habitats, natural processes, and conservation causes — to pique scientific curiosity and fuel imagination.Katherine Roy's Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands examines the sometimes chilling, always fascinating details of...
      

From the Editor - September 2014

I hope you will join us for the fifth annual Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, “Mind the Gaps,” on October 11th at Simmons College in Boston. This year’s program will examine the various diversity gaps in children’s book publishing, whether they be underrepresentation of nonwhite perspectives or the decreasing proportion...

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