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Coming soon: Blowing the Horn: The Horn Book Musical!

April Fools’! Sad to say, there’s no Horn Book musical in our future (YET 😉). But just imagine the possibilities for a showstopping tap-shoes-and-bow-ties dance number! Thanks as usual to resident prankster/punster Shoshana Flax. Musicals are everywhere these days, and we’re thrilled to announce that the Horn Book is getting in on the fun. Blowing […]

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

Collective biographies for Women’s History Month Bagieu, Pénélope  Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World Translated by Montana Kane Middle school, high school     296 pp.     Roaring Brook/First Second     2018 Trade ISBN 978-1-62672-868-4 Paperback ISBN 978-1-62672-869-1 Clinton, Chelsea  She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger Gr. K–3     32 pp.     […]

Librarianship and information science

Agard, John  Book: My Autobiography Gr. 4–6     138 pp.     Candlewick Illustrated by Neil Packer. This is a quirky history of the codex (with a brief glimpse at ebooks), narrated in an alternately whimsical and lyrical style by the personified Book. Packer’s illustrations, many of which resemble woodcuts, punctuate the brief narratives, as do quotes about […]

Animals on the move

Bierregaard, Rob  Belle’s Journey: An Osprey Takes Flight Gr. 4–6     106 pp.     Charlesbridge Illustrated by Kate Garchinsky. Belle, an osprey born on Martha’s Vineyard, is tracked by two scientists as she migrates to South America and back. Bierregaard (one of the scientists) writes engagingly about Belle’s adventure — over eighteen months and thousands of miles […]

National Poetry Month 2019

Bulion, Leslie  Leaf Litter Critters Gr. 4–6     56 pp.     Peachtree Illustrated by Robert Meganck. Nineteen poems (in various forms) accompanied by bright digital illustrations provide information both whimsical and scientific about inhabitants of the brown food web — the layer of leaves and soil where organic matter breaks down and plants grow. Each poem is […]

Collective biographies for Women’s History Month

Bagieu, Pénélope  Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World Middle school, high school     296 pp.     Roaring Brook/First Second Translated by Montana Kane. French artist Bagieu’s brief vignettes of sequential comics art expose readers to brazen women of all fields, times, and places, both famous and little-known. Each entry gives just enough information about each heroine […]

Week in Review, March 11th – 15th

This week on hbook.com… From the March/April 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: New for New Readers: What (Exactly) Is an Easy Reader? From Out of the Box: “Refugees welcome here”: Booklist and resources to help counter Islamophobia (from 2017) Pi Day 2019 Picture-book biographies of pioneering women 2019 Daylight snoozing time From the […]

Pi Day 2019

Today is Pi Day (get it? March 14? 3/14? 3.14…?). To celebrate, here are two recent picture books about pie (and sharing and social justice and community and…). March being Women’s History Month, check out these two recommended booklists about women in STEM and computing; this Notes from the Horn Book piece highlighting Strong women making an […]

Five questions for Laurie Halse Anderson

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Laurie Halse Anderson’s landmark novel Speak (Farrar, 12–16 years), about Melinda, a teenage rape victim who reclaims her voice. Now in SHOUT (Viking, 14 years and up), the author presents a “poetry memoir” that explores frequently painful events in her own life, her complicated family members’ lives, and […]

Books mentioned in the March 2019 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Laurie Halse Anderson Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Farrar, 12–16 years. SHOUT by Laurie Halse Anderson, Viking, 14 years and up. Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, illus. by Emily Carroll, Farrar, 12–16 years. Strong women making an impact 2019 Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket […]