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From the Editor - May 2022

We are still reacting in horror to the racist murders in Buffalo, New York, over the weekend. Because we strongly believe that more, not less, learning and contemplation helps overcome hate, we hope that the Guide/Reviews Database booklist “Unlearning Hate,” with books for all ages, proves useful. And with May...

Mother's Day 2022

Not breaking news, but motherhood is hard (fatherhood, too; check back next month). Of course it's also all the good stuff — rewarding, gratifying, exhilarating, heartwarming — but easy it is not; and, to borrow from The Princess Bride, "anyone* who says differently is selling something." Mother's Day is this Sunday, May...

Review of Saving the Butterfly

Saving the Butterfly by Helen Cooper; illus. by Gill SmithPrimary, Intermediate    Candlewick Studio    32 pp.    g6/22    978-1-5362-2055-1    $17.99This affecting and emotional picture book about displacement, tragedy, grief, and hope begins with a dramatic rescue, as two young children arrive by boat to a foreign shore: “There were two of them...

Review of Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone

Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone by Tae KellerIntermediate, Middle School    Random    288 pp.    g4/22    978-0-593-31052-6    $17.99Library ed.  978-0-593-31053-3    $20.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-31054-0    $10.99Twelve-year-old narrator Mallory is distressed to learn that her neighbor and sometime-friend Jennifer Chan has disappeared. Having recently moved to town (deemed “Nowhereville” Florida by Mallory), Jennifer—who is Chinese...

Review of Frank and the Bad Surprise

Frank and the Bad Surprise [Frank and the Puppy]by Martha Brockenbrough; illus. by Jon LauPrimary    Levine Querido    64 pp.    g4/22    978-1-64614-088-6    $14.99“This was not fair. But it was the way of the world. Just when you think you’ve got it good, someone brings home a puppy.” Narrator Frank, the highly...

Independent Bookstore Day 2022

Saturday, April 30, is Independent Bookstore Day (art: IndieBound) — and we suggest consulting our new, handy-dandy Summer Reading PDF that you can print and take with you to the store for book-recommendation reference. Independent Bookstore Day is a celebration near and dear to our hearts. Of course, we're big independent...

Día 2022

April 30 is El día de los niños / El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), a "celebration of children, families, and reading...that emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds." This year marks the twenty-sixth anniversary of Día — read about its history here and find resources...

2022 Summer Reading Recommendations

Welcome to the Horn Book’s annual Summer Reading list, this year supersized and coming to you in springtime. (Hi, Earth Day, April 22!) We’ve heard your feedback and are starting a month earlier, with this April issue of Notes debuting our Summer Reading goodies: Five Questions for Kat Fajardo about...

Patriots' Day and School Vacation Week

Today is Patriots' Day in Massachusetts, a state and regional holiday that commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord and the beginnings of the Revolutionary War. It's the day the Boston Marathon is traditionally run, and the start of Spring Break for the public schools.  To keep the little ones busy,...

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