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Week in Review, September 26th-30th

  This week on hbook.com... Tribute to Patricia MacLachlan by Lesléa Newman Jodi Lynn Anderson Talks with Roger about Each Night Was Illuminated   From the September/October 2022 Horn Book Magazine: The Art of Visual Storytelling in Long-Form Nonfiction by Tanya Lee Stone   Calling Caldecott: John's Turn by Adrienne L....

Week in Review, September 19th-23rd

  This week on hbook.com... September Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Qs for Margi Preus + 6 middle grade/middle school folklore and magic novels, 4 early reader comics, and 4 YA STEM-focused books   From the September/October 2022 Horn Book Magazine: Field Notes: The Day the Book Banners Came...

Five questions for Margi Preus

In Windswept (Amulet/Abrams, 9–12 years) by Newbery Honoree (for Heart of a Samurai) Margi Preus, children are kept indoors to protect against wielders of cataclysmic weather-related weaponry. An intrepid band of youngsters sets out to fight these “Powers-That-Be.” The tale is steeped in Norwegian folklore, with a satisfying mix of...

Books mentioned in the September 2022 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Margi Preus Windswept by Margi Preus, illus. by Armando Veve; Amulet/Abrams.   Folklore magic Lifeling by Kirsty Applebaum; Holt. The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill; Algonquin. The Mirrorwood by Deva Fagan; Atheneum. Black Bird, Blue Road by Sofiya Pasternack; Versify/HarperCollins. The Callers by Kiah Thomas; Chronicle....

Learning from Mother Nature

The following high-interest, engagingly written, STEM-focused titles explore natural history and the natural world for young adults. For slightly younger teens (and tweens), see also How to Build a Human: In Seven Evolutionary Steps by Pamela S. Turner, illustrated by John Gurche. Duet: Our Journey in Song with the Northern...

Early reader comics

Back-to-school can mean learning to read — and the following comic-format early readers for those just starting out can help build confidence and reading enjoyment. See also our “New for New Readers” column in the Horn Book Magazine, our Summer Reading Beginning Readers and Primary Grades list, and many more...

Folklore magic

The following books for middle graders and middle schoolers use elements of folklore and magic to engage readers in the protagonists’ quests. See also in this newsletter issue our interview with Margi Preus about her new book Windswept, illustrated by Armando Veve. Lifeling by Kirsty Applebaum Intermediate    Holt    272 pp.   ...

Banned Books Week 2022

It’s Banned Books Week! From The American Library Association’s website: “ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country. We compile lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that...

Week in Review, September 12th-16th

  This week on hbook.com... Christina Diaz Gonzalez Talks with Roger about The Bluest Sky   From the September/October 2022 Horn Book Magazine: A Journey of Transformation — The Zena Sutherland Lecture by Yuyi Morales   Calling Caldecott: Books, Books, and More Books by Martha V. Parravano A Conversation with...
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