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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 12th-16th

This week on hbook.com…NEW: Introducing our bouncing baby blog, Family Reading!From the September/October 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Marilyn Nelson's Zena Sutherland Lecture: "How I Discovered Young Adult Poetry" September's Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Vera Brosgol, picture books behaving badly, chapter books about interspecies friendships,...
      

September Notes is on the way!

September’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter mails today! This issue we talk with Vera Brosgol (known for her YA graphic novel Anya's Ghost) about her debut picture book Leave Me Alone! This month's other goodies:• picture books behaving badly• chapter books about animal lovers and interspecies friendships• graphic-novel adventures...
      

Listening in on the past

These engaging audio productions of four excellent historical nonfiction titles give teens another entry point into the profound (and profoundly personal) tales of courage and determination they relate.Steve Sheinkin's Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War uses Ellsberg as a focal point to tell the...
      

From the Editor - September 2016

Today marks the debut of our newest blog, Family Reading, which will concern itself with all things books in the home. The blog will feature new and classic articles from The Horn Book Magazine as well as posts from parents and caregivers of all stripes about connecting their children with...
      

Graphic novels that grab you

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These new graphic novels — two fairy-tale retellings, a mistaken-identity high-seas adventure, and a magical-realism ghost story — will captivate intermediate and middle-school readers.At the start of Mighty Jack, young Jack, while visiting a flea market with his single mother and younger sister Maddy (who does not speak), foolishly trades...
      

Books behaving badly

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Some books sit quietly and do what they're told. Others seem to have minds of their own. The following picture books feature picture books themselves as the stars of the show.Ben, Bella, and Bella's dog star in a new book — This Book Is Out of Control! — which is...
      

Friends to the animals

The following chapter books feature kids — and kids at heart — whose animal-loving ways lead to beautiful interspecies friendships.In Frances O'Roark Dowell's Sam the Man & the Chicken Plan, seven-year-old Sam Graham is too young to have a real job. But when neighbor Mrs. Kerner tries to hire Sam's...
      

Five questions for Vera Brosgol

Vera Brosgol's 2011 YA debut was Anya's Ghost (Roaring Brook/First Second, 12–16 years), a graphic novel about a quirky friendship — between a girl and a ghost. Her first picture book, Leave Me Alone! (Roaring Brook, 5–8 years), has a similarly wry and witty tone and highlights a point of...
      

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

Five questions for Vera BrosgolAnya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol, Roaring Brook/First Second, 12–16 years.Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol, Roaring Brook, 5–8 years.Books behaving badlyThis Book Is Out of Control! by Richard Byrne, Holt, 4–7 years.We're in the Wrong Book! by Richard Byrne, Holt, 4–7 years.This Book Just Ate My...

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