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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...

Review of Dragon Bones: The Fantastic Fossil Discoveries of Mary Anning

Dragon Bones: The Fantastic Fossil Discoveries of Mary Anning by Sarah Glenn Marsh; illus. by Maris Wicks Primary    Roaring Brook    48 pp.    g 11/21    978-1-250-14021-0    $19.99 Mary Anning (1799–1847) loved “treasure hunting” with her father and brother along the storm-pounded cliffs of their seaside English hometown, Lyme Regis. The treasures...

Review of Oscar's Tower of Flowers

Oscar’s Tower of Flowers by Lauren Tobia; illus. by the author Preschool    Candlewick    40 pp.    g 5/21    978-1-5362-1777-3    $17.99 In her first solo picture book, Tobia (illustrator of the beloved Anna Hibiscus books) crafts an affecting and wordless tale of separation, growth, neighborliness, and love. Viewers are introduced to young...

Five questions for Marcie Colleen and Aaron Becker

This Saturday will mark the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. For children born after this tragic event in which 2,996 individuals lost their lives in New York; Washington, DC; and Pennsylvania, reading books such as Marcie Colleen and Aaron Becker’s moving tribute Survivor Tree (Little, Brown, 6–9 years)...

2021: The Year of the Tree?

We've spotted the birds and the bees, then bears, now trees? Yes, that's right, a new trend in picture books is putting down roots (and it's also been pretty prevalent in longer works, too; see Maybe, Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly for just one such example from this...
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