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Week in Review, June 14th-18th

  This week on   Read Roger: A Note from Me (Jun 18, 2021)   Family Reading: LGBTQIA+ books that I have read by Onyx H.   Out of the Box: National Caribbean American Heritage Month   Reviews of the Week: Starred Picture Book: The Night Walk by Marie...

A Note from Me (Jun 18, 2021)

Dear friends: Slinging on my bowtie to announce the winners of the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards on Wednesday at noon EDT on I like ʼem and hope that you do, too. (Note to self: also remember to shave.) You can review the winners since 1967 here to see...

LGBTQIA+ books that I have read

Editor’s note: Thirteen-year-old Onyx (they/them) has been keeping track of the books they’ve read during their pandemic year. Onyx notes the gender identities and/or sexual orientations represented in the books, their recommendation for age level, and whether or not the stories include romance. They’ve even created their own rating system, explained below. We’re delighted that Onyx has given us permission to share their list with our readers.   YA means young adult books, middle grade means middle-school books, kids means kids books.  The star✨ means...

National Caribbean American Heritage Month

June is National Caribbean American Heritage Month, which celebrates “the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States.” There are many ways to participate — see the calendar of events. The May/June Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The Pura Belpré Award at 25 offers...

Week in Review, June 7th-11th

  This week on June Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Qs for Matt Ringler about Strollercoaster; 6 picture books for Father's Day; 4 new books for tweens during Pride Month; 5 recent YA memoirs   From the May/June 2021 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: The Pura Belpré Award...

A Note from Me (Jun 11, 2021)

Dear friends: So sorry to have missed you last week (dummy-reading-duty called!), but I hope everyone had an enjoyable long weekend/Memorial Day holiday. One of your number took perplexing exception to something anodyne I wrote here referencing Kamala Harris; I think our Vice President is in all ways wonderful, and...

Week in Review, May 31st-June 4th

  This week on   From the May/June 2021 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: The Pura Belpré Award at 25: Lighting the Candle: A Wild Ride by Carmen Agra Deedy Notes from Our Backyard by Bobby and Lee Byrd Lighting the Candle: Thinking About the Verb by Joe Cepeda...

Ask Family Reading: Non-wicked stepparents

Shannon writes: There's something that's been bothering me about children's books (and movies) and I was hoping that you would let me know what you know about this. In what children's books are stepparents portrayed in a non-negative way? I feel like I rarely see them depicted, and when they are there, they...

July/August 2021 Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

Illustration by Michael Emberley and Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, from I Can Make a Train Noise. The following books will receive starred reviews in the July/August 2021 Horn Book Magazine: My Two Border Towns; by David Bowles; illus. by Erika Meza (Kokila/Penguin). I Can Make a Train Noise; by Michael Emberley and Marie-Louise...
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