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  2019 January 2019 • Five questions for Caroline Cala • Non-snoozy storytimes • Schemers, sleuths, and spies • Eye-opening history • From the Editor February 2019 • Five questions for Claire Hartfield • Celebrating Black History • Picture-book love and community • Star-crossed love • From the Editor March...
      

Week in Review, November 12th - 16th

This week on hbook.com…From the November/December 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: "The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: Spotlight on LGBTQ+ Stories" by Madeline Tyner From The Guide: "We Need Middle-Grade LGBTQ+ Books"November's Notes from the Horn Book newsletter: 5Q for Traci Sorell and Frané Lessac, picture books about nature’s cycles,...
      

November's Notes newsletter

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This afternoon subscribers to Notes from the Horn Book are receiving the November issue. This month you'll find an interview with We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga author Traci Sorell and illustrator Frané Lessac, plus picture books about nature's cycles intermediate historical fiction dystopian YA fictionMissing out? Read the full issue online...
      

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

Five questions for Traci Sorell and Frané LessacWe Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, illus. by Frané Lessac, Charlesbridge, 5–8 years.Noticing nature's cyclesThey Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki, Abrams, 5–8 years.Look at the Weather by Britta Teckentrup, trans. by Shelley Tanaka, 5–8 years.Quiet by Tomie dePaola, Greenwillow, 3–7 years.Winter Is...
      

From the Editor - November 2018

As award-speculation season begins, don't forget you can join in the chatter about the Caldecott Medal on our Calling Caldecott blog, and about the Newbery on the Heavy Medal blog over at SLJ. We are in the midst of reading and discussion for Fanfare, the Horn Book's own choices for...
      

Foreseeable futures

Speculative fiction can provide an effective vehicle for authors to comment on and critique the state of our own world. The following new YA novels examine timely social issues in new settings, whether far-flung galaxies or uncomfortably close-to-home dystopian societies. (And by the way, did you know The Hunger Games...
      

Historical heroes and heroines

These novels for intermediate and middle-school readers show landmark moments in history through the eyes of perceptive preteens.Young Zora Neale Hurston and her friend Carrie are pulled into another mystery involving their tight-knit African American community in Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground. The main narrative, set in 1903, alternates...
      

Noticing nature's cycles

These picture books invite readers to reflect upon the cycles of our environment (i.e., weather patterns, seasons) and to pay close attention to marvels of the natural world.In They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki, a girl considers the wondrousness of the world around her, prompted by the colors she encounters...
      

Five questions for Traci Sorell and Frané Lessac

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We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac (Charlesbridge, 5–8 years), is a lushly illustrated, through-the-seasons look at a contemporary Cherokee community's daily life, pausing for celebrations of traditional observances (e.g., Cherokee New Year) and making special note of gratitude.1. "Cherokee people say otsaliheliga to express gratitude....

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