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Marching for their lives

Art by Friend of The Horn Book Innosanto Nagara. With the horror of having to update this booklist yet again: The topics of guns, gun safety, and especially school shootings can be difficult to broach. Here are a selection of books that could help get these vital conversations going. Reviews...

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2022

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, "a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States." Here are some articles, interviews, and booklists by and about Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to help acknowledge, celebrate, and amplify the voices of children's book creators of Asian and Pacific...

Week in Review, May 16th-20th

  This week on hbook.com... May Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Qs for Ruta Sepetys about I Must Betray You; 4 books for older readers about the costs of conflict; 5 middle grade titles about the Jewish experience for Jewish American Heritage Month; 6 middle grade realism novels for...

Five questions for Ruta Sepetys

I Must Betray You (Philomel, 12 years and up) by Ruta Sepetys takes place in 1989 Romania under the repressive rule of Ceauşescu and on the cusp of revolution. Sepetys (most recently The Fountains of Silence) once again proves her mastery of immersive, propulsive, historical-fiction thrillers. 1. What draws you...

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

Five questions for Ruta Sepetys I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys; Philomel. The costs of conflicts Enduring Freedom by Jawad Arash and Trent Reedy; Algonquin. Sugar Town Queens by Malla Nunn; Putnam. World in Between: Based on a True Refugee Story by Kenan Trebinčević and Susan Shapiro; Clarion. The...

Under the sea

Anglerfish, bowhead whales, sharks, krill…and rubber duckies?! These five nonfiction picture books with an ocean setting should appeal swimmingly to young readers. For more picture books about the beach, tide pools, the ocean, fish, and even surfing, see our 2022 Summer Reading recommendations. Anglerfish: The Seadevil of the Deep by...

Asian/Pacific American contemporary realism

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, celebrating people in the United States with ancestral ties to the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Here are six works of realistic fiction for middle-graders and middle-schoolers that grapple with identity in engaging, often entertaining, and relatable ways....

Jewish experiences

May is Jewish American Heritage Month, and the following five middle-grade and middle-school titles provide glimpses into diverse Jewish experiences. Find more recommendations on hbook.com and in the Guide/Reviews Database; and see also the Association of Jewish Libraries’ Sydney Taylor Book Award winners. Hidden Powers: Lise Meitner’s Call to Science...

The costs of conflicts

The tolls of war, conflict, and instability are innumerable, especially to young people. The following books, three YA novels and one memoir for a slightly younger audience, aim to capture these difficult-to-fathom experiences and their aftermaths. See also Five Questions for Ruta Sepetys about I Must Betray You. Enduring Freedom...
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