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Five questions for Marcie Colleen and Aaron Becker

This Saturday will mark the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. For children born after this tragic event in which 2,996 individuals lost their lives in New York; Washington, DC; and Pennsylvania, reading books such as Marcie Colleen and Aaron Becker’s moving tribute Survivor Tree (Little, Brown, 6–9 years)...

Books mentioned in the September 2021 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Marcie Colleen and Aaron Becker Survivor Tree by Marcie Colleen, illus. by Aaron Becker; Little, Brown. Remembering tragedies Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by Jeff Gottesfeld, illus. by Matt Tavares; Candlewick. A Day for Rememberin’: Inspired by the True Events of the First...

From the Editor - September 2021

September brings us an annual…celebration? Rite of passage? Holy Day of Obligation? I refer to the first day of school, loved and loathed in probably equal measure. (And that’s just by the teachers.) See our list of great books that acknowledge this momentous occasion and the power of the school...

Latinx-centered science fiction and fantasy

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15), check out these recent YA sci-fi/fantasy titles centering strong, capable, and creative Latinx protagonists. See also our Five Questions for Aiden Thomas about Cemetery Boys. Find much more to celebrate in our May/June 2021 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The Pura Belpré...

Ghost stories and urban legends

These middle-grade and middle-school spine-tinglers will leave fans thrilled and chilled. Stay tuned for more coverage of spooky reads this October leading up to Halloween, including our annual Horn BOO! roundup. Follow #13BooksofHalloween on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Only If You Dare: 13 Stories of Darkness and Doom by Josh...

Wordless wonders

These picture books may be wordless (or nearly so), but they speak volumes through their illustrations, weaving captivating stories of everything from shared adventure to belonging and community. The Farmer and the Circus by Marla Frazee; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-5344-4621-2    $17.99...

Remembering tragedies

These sensitive picture books memorializing somber subjects can help begin candid conversations about difficult parts of history that should not be forgotten. See also Five Questions for Marcie Colleen and Aaron Becker about Survivor Tree; Five Questions for Carole Boston Weatherford about 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book Unspeakable,...

Five questions for Emily Jenkins

On the hundredth day of school, members of Harry Bergen-Murphy’s first-grade class will celebrate the milestone by each bringing in one hundred of something. “But what?” he worriedly wonders. Emily Jenkins’s slice-of-life chapter book Harry Versus the First 100 Days of School (ages 4–7, Schwartz/Random; Educators’ Guide here), illustrated by...

From the Editor - August 2021

Notwithstanding COVID-19 and its restrictions, I hope all kids this year will still get some semblance of a First Day of School. They all deserve it. Hell, we all deserve it, a day for reset, reinvention, renewal. (And anxiety, of course, but that seems like everybody’s default setting already anyway.)...
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