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Judith Kerr (1923-2019)

Author/illustrator Judith Kerr has passed away at the age of ninety-five. Kerr’s first book was the picture-book classic The Tiger Who Came to Tea. She is also the creator of a long-running series about Mog, the Forgetful Cat; and more recently Mister Cleghorn’s Seal, The Crocodile Under the Bed, One Night in the Zoo, and […]

Books mentioned in the May 2019 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Life skills Alexander, Kwame  The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life Photographs by Thai Neave Gr. 4–6, middle school     172 pp.     Houghton     2017 Trade ISBN 978-0-544-57097-9 Ebook ISBN 978-1-328-69892-6 Groban, Betsy, Editor  Totally Middle School: Tales of Friends, Family, and Fitting In Gr. 4–6, middle school     181 pp.    […]

Sustainable eating

Archer, Joe and Craig, Caroline  Plant, Cook, Eat!: A Children’s Cookbook Gr. 4–6     112 pp.     Charlesbridge Archer and Craig provide an overview of different plant food sources (including roots, leaves, flowers, and stems) and then, with an emphasis on the process, explain how to grow and cook them yourself. Readers are encouraged to try new […]


Bonner, Hannah  When Fish Got Feet, When Bugs Were Big, & When Dinos Dawned: A Cartoon Prehistory of Life on Earth Gr. 4–6     128 pp.     National Geographic New ed. Bonner’s excellent trilogy (published between 2004 and 2012) of the evolution of life from 430 to 65 million years ago — the rise and fall of […]

Activists and activism

Easton, Emily  Enough!: 20 Protesters Who Changed America Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Crown Illustrated by Ziyue Chen. Each spread of this book features a person, pair, or group that became known for their change-making actions, which are briefly described in a line of text (e.g., “Colin took a knee”) and ably represented in a large […]

Life skills

Alexander, Kwame  The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life Gr. 4–6, middle school     172 pp.     Houghton Photographs by Thai Neave. Alexander turns motivational speaker in this collection organized like a basketball game, with four quarters and rules. Alexander’s narrative of his early life in sports weaves its […]

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, “a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.” Here are some links, resources, and articles by and about Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to help acknowledge, celebrate, and amplify the voices of children’s book creators of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. Also look to […]

Happy anniversary, CSK!

As you know (and if you don’t, you must be new here 😉), the Coretta Scott King Book Awards celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, and the Horn Book’s annual special issue is themed around that anniversary. We are honored to have a roster of more than thirty African American authors, illustrators, scholars, and other […]

Summer Reading 2019: Five Questions for Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña

Author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña previously collaborated on 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award–winning graphic novel Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (Getty, 12 years and up). Now, in the summer-perfect picture book My Papi Has a Motorcycle (Kokila/Penguin, 5–8 years; concurrently published in Spanish as Mi papi tiene una moto), they go […]

Mother’s Day 2019

Happy Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 12, to those celebrating, especially our own mothers and our mom friends! Here are a few recommended books, articles, and blog posts featuring moms and Mother’s Day; find plenty more about mothers (and dads, and grandparents, and other kinds of loving caregivers) over at Family Reading. “Mama-Llama Day 2018” […]