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Journeys through grief

Though each of the protagonists of these middle-grade and middle-school stories navigates grief in her or his own way, their paths to healing are all poignant and relatable. In Kwame Alexander‘s Rebound, the 1988-set prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, twelve-year-old Charlie Bell is spending the summer with his grandparents following the sudden death […]

Week in Review, April 1st – 5th

This week on… Preview May/June 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The CSK Book Awards at 50 Starred reviews coming in the May/June issue Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Great Indoors by Julie Falatko; illus. by Ruth Chan Fiction: A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée Nonfiction: Titanosaur: Discovering the […]

Week in Review, March 25th – 29th

This week on… Last chance to apply for a summer internship! March Nonfiction Notes: collective biographies for Women’s History Month; springy poetry collections for National Poetry Month; books about animal migration; and titles about librarianship and information science Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis Fiction: Dig. by A.S. King […]

Week in Review, March 18th – 22nd

This week on… Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour; illus. by Daniel Egnéus Fiction: Internment by Samira Ahmed Nonfiction: Unpresidented: A Biography of Donald Trump by Martha Brockenbrough Poetry: The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog: And Other How-To Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko; illus. by Richard Jones Out […]

Picture-book biographies of pioneering women 2019

March is Women’s History Month, but we believe women’s history and empowerment are important topics to talk about with kids all year long. (And at every age — check out this onesie I was stoked to find for a friend’s baby!) The following recent picture-book biographies of amazing women can be a part of the […]

Week in Review, March 4th – 8th

This week on… From the March/April 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Table of Contents Editorial: “On Citizenship” by Elissa Gershowitz and Martha V. Parravano “My Characters Don’t Wear Shoes in the House” by Sayantani DasGupta For Paul B. Janeczko: a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye with art by Lynne Rae Perkins Reviews […]

Week in Review, February 25th – March 1

This week on… In memoriam: Gregory Maguire remembers his friend, author Jane Langton Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Meet Miss Fancy by Irene Latham; illus. by John Holyfield Fiction: The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman Nonfiction: I Am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon by Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul; illus. by Elizabeth Zunon Out […]

Books for Black Future Month

This February, as in previous years, we’ve been commemorating Black History Month by highlighting articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about Black authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field. New additions this year include “’To Be Great, Heroic or Beautiful’: The Enduring Legacy of The Brownies’ Book” by […]

Week in Review, February 18th – 22nd

This week on… Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Undocumented: A Worker’s Fight by Duncan Tonatiuh Fiction: Duck & Goose: A Gift for Goose [Step into Reading] by Tad Hills Nonfiction: Let ’Er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People’s Champion by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illus. by Gordon C. James Read Roger: But what IS reality, really? Out […]

Be “the hero and the author” of your story

If you have the opportunity to see Elizabeth Acevedo speak, go. I was lucky enough to attend two of her events as the inaugural Gwen Ifill Mentor-in-Residence at Simmons University last week, and I still can’t get enough.* (And that’s in addition to hearing her Fiction & Poetry Award acceptance speech at the 2018 BGHB […]