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Publishers’ Preview: Picture Books: Five Questions for Anika Aldamuy Denise and Paola Escobar

This interview originally appeared in the November/December 2018 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Picture Books, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Before the award, there was a Great Lady, […]

Preview January/February 2019 Horn Book Magazine

Original cover art by Jillian Tamaki. Horn Book Fanfare: Our choices for the best books of 2018. Coverage of the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards: judges’ remarks, speeches, photos. Uma Krishnaswami asks: “Why Stop at Windows and Mirrors?” and looks at the ways books can act as “prisms.” #KidLitWomen* co-founder Grace Lin asks white authors […]

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

Religions of the world Darvic, Debra B.  We Are Jewish Faces Gr. PS, K–3     32 pp.     Behrman/Apples     2018 Trade ISBN 978-1-68115-536-4 Gilani-Williams, Fawzia  Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam Illustrated by Chiara Fedele Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Kar-Ben     2017 Library binding ISBN 978-1-4677-8938-7 Paperback ISBN 978-1-4677-9423-7 Ebook ISBN 978-1-5124-2717-2 Jordan, Deloris  A Child’s Book of Prayers […]

Myths and folktales around the world

Bowles, David  Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico Middle school, high school     303 pp.     Cinco In this dense but readable anthology of captivating tales from pre-Columbian Mexico, a variety of creation and origin myths are ordered chronologically to share a narrative history of the world from the Aztec and Maya perspectives. Background […]

Natural history of our world

Brake, Mark  The Big Earth Book: How Our Planet Was Shaped by Earth, Air, Fire, and Wind Gr. 4–6     256 pp.     Lonely Planet Illustrated by Brendan Kearney. This attractive oversize book is all about Earth: “how it was formed, what shaped it, and how it came to be full of living things.” Organized into sections […]

Protecting our world

Amstutz, Lisa J.  Bringing Back Our Freshwater Lakes Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Hand, Carol  Bringing Back Our Oceans Middle school, high school      112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Hand, Carol  Bringing Back Our Tropical Forests Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential MacCarald, Clara  Bringing Back Our Deserts Middle school, high school     112 pp. […]

Religions of the world

Darvic, Debra B.  We Are Jewish Faces Gr. PS, K–3     32 pp.     Behrman/Apples “BROTHER, SISTER, / FRIENDSHIP faces, / faces of all RACES and PLACES, / we are JEWISH faces.” A scrapbook-like format features bright photographs and lilting rhymes depicting the diversity of Jewish people — of various ages, skin colors, abilities, etc. — and […]

Native American Heritage Month 2018

November is Native American Heritage Month, a celebration of the many varied Native American cultures. Check out the official website for more information and lots of resources. Here are some additional articles and links from The Horn Book’s archives and beyond. Horn Book resources about Native writers and their work Five questions for Traci Sorell […]

Transgender Awareness Week 2018

This week is Transgender Awareness Week, and Transgender Day of Remembrance will be observed next Tuesday, November 20th. We join our trans, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary family members, friends, and neighbors near and far in celebrating the lives of trans people, remembering those lost to transphobic hate crimes, and renewing our commitment to fight for […]