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Newbery centennial roundup

All summer we've been celebrating the Newbery Award with our May/June Horn Book Magazine special issue dedicated to the Newbery centennial (featuring this amazing Newbery cover by honoree Grace Lin), plus our annual July/August ALA Awards special issue, which featured "The Year in Words and Pictures—and Stories" along with the...

Rainbow Reads

It may be the last day of June and thus Pride Month, but that doesn't mean the celebration should end today. Visit intersectional, inclusive bookstores such as All She Wrote Books in Somerville, MA. Or consider incorporating Pride into the look of your home, office, library, or classroom. How you...

Rainbow Reads List

As part of our Rainbow Reads project, below is bibliographic information for each of the recommended books we've selected, gathered from The Horn Book Magazine and Guide/Reviews Database. Organized by spine color (reflecting the colors in the Pride flag) and tagged with the main LGBTQIA+ identities represented, the titles collectively...
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Review of Bear and the Whisper of the Wind

Bear and the Whisper of the Wind by Marianne Dubuc; illus. by the authorPrimary    Princeton    72 pp.    g3/22    978-1-64896-119-9    $18.95Bear lives in a nice house with a favorite chair, spends time with good friends, and loves “the smell of freshly baked strawberry pie,” but sometimes even a sweet life needs...

May/June 2022 Horn Book Magazine Newbery cover key

Grace Lin, 2010 Newbery honoree for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, created our stunning cover for the May/June 2022 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The Newbery Centennial. Now here is a little backstory behind the creation of this very special cover: Back in early January, Grace agreed to take...
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Review of Harriet’s Ruffled Feathers: The Woman Who Saved Millions of Birds

Harriet’s Ruffled Feathers: The Woman Who Saved Millions of Birds by Joy McCullough; illus. by Romina GalottaPrimary, Intermediate    Atheneum    40 pp.    g3/22    978-1-5344-8676-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-8677-5    $10.99Harriet Lawrence Hemenway “loved a hat,” especially ones with “grand glorious feathers.” That is, until she read a Boston Daily Globe newspaper story in...
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Review of Gilded

Gilded by Marissa MeyerHigh School    Feiwel    512 pp.    g11/21    978-1-250-61884-9    $19.99e-book ed.  978-1-250-61883-2    $10.99Every full moon, the demon Erlking and his ­hunters and hellhounds roam freely, claiming the souls of humans and killing magical creatures for sport. On one such night, eighteen-year-old miller’s daughter Serilda saves two of the Erlking’s...

Review of Fearless World Traveler: Adventures of Marianne North, Botanical Artist

Fearless World Traveler: Adventures of Marianne North, Botanical Artist by Laurie Lawlor; illus. by Becca Stadtlander Primary, Intermediate    Holiday    48 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-8234-3959-1    $18.99 As a teenager, Marianne North (1830–1890) acquired a love of music, art, and especially botany (all things that her wealthy Victorian parents disapproved of), teaching...

Review of Good Night, Good Night

Good Night, Good Night by Sandra Boynton; illus. by the author Preschool    Little Simon    40 pp.    g 9/21    978-1-5344-9974-4    $17.99 In 1985 Boynton followed up her popular 1982 board book The Going to Bed Book with a “larger and longer” picture-book version, which has now been redrawn with small differences...
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