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August 2018 Horn Book Herald: Back-to-School Edition

Welcome to our back-to-school issue of The Horn Book Herald, in which we chat with Dear Substitute co-authors Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick, recommend new books for students of all ages as well as essential reading for parents and teachers, and take a break from the school-day grind with...
      

Teacher Appreciation 2018

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May 7-11 is National Teacher Appreciation Week, and today is National Teacher Day, a day on which the National Education Association hopes we will all go out of our way to #ThankATeacher. We are both the parents of two elementary-school-aged children, and we send HUGE thank yous to the teachers,...
      

School days 2017

Allman, Toney  Food in SchoolsGr. 4–6, middle school   64 pp.     NorwoodMatters of Opinion series. This book examines three school lunch–related issues: what should be served, how much government control there should be, and what the schools' involvement in nutrition should be. In addition to the pros and cons of each and...
      

Back-to-school silliness

School is in session. Here are some new picture books that play up the silliness for students and teachers — including one most ridiculous substitute. For more, look to our Back-to-School Horn Book Herald and What Makes a Good School Story? newsletters.The mischievous feline star of Here Comes Teacher Cat...
      

August 2017 Horn Book Herald: Back-to-School Edition

Welcome to our back-to-school issue of The Horn Book Herald, in which we chat with school-story master Andrew Clements, recommend new books for students of all ages as well as essential reading for parents and teachers, and take a break from the school-day grind with pleasure reading and extracurricular activities.Throughout...
      

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Recommended Reading

Picture Books (click through for reviews)Magnets Push, Magnets Pull by David A. Adler, illus. by Anna Raff, HolidayLucía the Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza, illus. by Alyssa Bermudez, Pow!The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain, illus. by Yuval Zommer, QuartoThis Is How We Do It: One Day in the...
      

Week in Review, August 22nd-26th

This week on hbook.com…"What Makes a Good School Story?" newsletter featuring 5Q for Adam Rex and Christian Robinson and recommended picture book, primary, intermediate, middle-school, and high-school storiesFrom the September/October 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: "From the Guide: First-Day-of-School Picture Books"Jewell Parker Rhodes Talks with RogerJohn Steptoe's 1987...
      

From the Editor – August 2016

Perhaps it was only ever a fantasy of mine that every child in America started the school year on the same day I always did (the Tuesday after Labor Day) but now, all over the map, it's all over the map. And for those unfortunates who attend "year-round school" —...
      

Books mentioned in the August 2016 issue of What Makes a Good…?

What Makes a Good School Story?Picture BooksBean, Jonathan This Is My Home, This Is My School48 pp.     Farrar     2015     ISBN 978-0-374-38020-5Bell, Cece Chuck and Woodchuck32 pp.     Candlewick     2016     ISBN 978-0-7636-7524-0Bottner, Barbara Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don't)Illustrated by Michael Emberley32 pp.     Knopf     2010     ISBN 978-0-375-84682-3Library binding ISBN 978-0-375-94682-0Holub, Joan...
      

Five Questions for Adam Rex and Christian Robinson

Adam RexSchool's First Day of School (Roaring Brook/Porter, 2016) by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson, provides a new perspective on the first day of school — that of the building itself. From worry and anticipation to excitement, jealousy, and, finally, contentment and eagerness for the next day, the school's...

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