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Five questions for Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick

In new picture book Dear Substitute (Disney-Hyperion, 4–7 years), a little girl arrives at school to find her regular teacher out sick (“Dear Substitute, / Wow. This is a surprise. / What are you doing here?”). She works through the disorientation of her disrupted routine through a series of free-verse letters that are sometimes poignant, […]

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 pleasure reading and extracurricular activities. […]

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

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo HarperTeen     361 pp 3/18     978-0-06-266280-4     $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-266282-8     $9.99 Fifteen-year-old Xiomara, a self-described “brown and big and angry” Dominican girl from Harlem, finds peace in writing poetry. The slow-burning suspense of what will transpire when devoutly Catholic Mami discovers Xiomara’s clandestine relationship with a classmate is eclipsed only […]

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

Stella Díaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez; illus. by the author Roaring Brook     202 pp. 1/18     978-1-62672-858-5     $16.99 Shy, artistic third grader Stella Díaz, who emigrated from Mexico to Chicago, is self-conscious about her accent and occasional English blunders. She’s also worried about being in a different class than best friend Jenny. Supportive […]

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

March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine by Melba Pattillo Beals; illus. by Frank Morrison Houghton     214 pp. 1/18     978-1-328-88212-7     $16.99 As one of the Little Rock Nine, Beals helped integrate Central High School in 1957; here she recounts the childhood years that led up to that important step (described in the […]

August 2018 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Picture Books

Lena’s Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma by Keith Calabrese; illus. by Juana Medina Atheneum     40 pp. 7/18     978-1-5344-0894-4     $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-0895-1     $10.99 Lena isn’t nervous to start kindergarten…but her shoes are. Lena enlists her headband (who is “a good listener”) to talk to them, and, with fears assuaged and a bit of reverse […]

August’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter

In this month’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book, Shoshana and Cindy talk with Sergio Ruzzier about his new picture book–graphic novel–easy reader hybrid The Party and Other Stories, first in the Fox + Chick series. In this issue you’ll also find four more uncommon graphic novels for beginners picture-book bios of groundbreaking women […]

From The Guide: Summer of Change

Summertime can be life-altering for young adults — preparing for work or college, travel, camp, summer jobs, etc. YA authors like Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, and Jennifer E. Smith have a way of capturing those quintessential coming-of-age experiences. Teens seeking read-alikes or the perfect beach or camping books might like these recent YA […]

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

Five questions for Sergio Ruzzier Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier, Chronicle, 5–8 years. Two Mice by Sergio Ruzzier, Clarion, 3–5 years. Uncommon graphic novels for beginners The Itchy Book by LeUyen Pham, Hyperion, 5–8 years. New Shoes by Sara Varon, Roaring Brook/First Second, 5–8 years. The Dragon Slayer: Folktales […]

Preview September/October 2018 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art from She Made a Monster by Lynn Fulton, illustration copyright 2018 by Felicita Sala. Jacqueline Woodson’s 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award acceptance speech. A profile of Jacqueline Woodson by Deborah Taylor. “Devoted to Diversity”: Shoshana Flax on publishers and imprints with a focus on diverse representation. Board Book Roundup: Julie Roach on new […]