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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 10th - 14th

This week on hbook.com…Jarrett J. Krosoczka Talks with Roger (LIVE Video Edition) and Meg Medina Talks with RogerSeptember Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Zetta Elliott, more fantasy/magical realism stories for intermediate readers, concept books with creative twists, and YA dramas about back-to-school bluesReviews of the Week: Picture Book: A...
      

September Notes is on the way!

This afternoon subscribers to Notes from the Horn Book will receive the September issue, in which we chat with Zetta Elliott about her middle-grade urban fantasy series-starter Dragons in a Bag. This issue also boasts more fantasy/magical realism stories for intermediate readers concept books with creative twists YA dramas about...
      

Learning curves

A new school year means emotional challenges in addition to academic ones. The teen protagonists of these nuanced YA dramas navigate the complex intersections of their school, familial, and social identities. See also our recommendations for middle-school and high-school readers in the 2018 Back-to-School Herald.Sophomore Darius Kellner doesn't fit in...
      

Everyday — and otherworldly — wonders

In these new books for intermediate readers, the boundaries between our reality and more fantastical realms blur, allowing protagonists and magical beings alike to walk between worlds.My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder, author-illustrator Nie Jun's graphic novel for young readers, begins with a girl, Yu'er, who dreams of swimming...
      

Five questions for Zetta Elliott

Zetta Elliott's Dragons in a Bag (Random, 8–11 years) kicks off a new middle-grade fantasy series starring Jaxon, a young African American Brooklynite who gets a glimpse of the magical possibilities of our world (and others) when he spends a day with new acquaintance Ma.1. In the acknowledgements of Dragons...
      

Books mentioned in the September 2018 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Zetta ElliottDragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott, illus. by Geneva B, Random House, 8–11 years.Everyday — and otherworldly — wondersMy Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder by Nie Jun, trans. by Edward Gauvin, Lerner/Graphic Universe, 8–11 years.The Tale of Angelino Brown by David Almond, illus. by...
      

Creative concepts

Crafting a fresh concept book is no easy task, but the creators of these new picture books introduce fundamental topics in imaginative ways."Look! Elephants! / One, two, three, four, five…" Five elephants, each rendered in a different pastel color with a thick brown outline, march across the pages of A...
      

From the Editor - September 2018

As a subscriber to Notes from the Horn Book you also receive Talks with Roger, a series of interviews with authors and illustrators of new books, sponsored by their publishers. You can find the archive here — including my first-ever live Talks, with newly minted National Book Award long-lister Jarrett...

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