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Five questions for Dean Robbins and Susanna Chapman

The picture-book biography The Fastest Drummer: Clap Your Hands for Viola Smith! (Candlewick, 6–9 years) introduces young readers to a passionate musician whose long career also included influential advocacy for women in music. For books that sing a similar tune, see the “Express yourself” section of this issue of Notes...

Books mentioned in the February 2024 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Dean Robbins and Susanna Chapman The Fastest Drummer: Clap Your Hands for Viola Smith! by Dean Robbins, illus. by Susanna Chapman; Candlewick. Express yourself Rock, Rosetta, Rock! Roll, Rosetta, Roll!: Presenting Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Godmother of Rock & Roll by Tonya Bolden, illus. by R. Gregory Christie; Harper/HarperCollins. Song After Song:...

Empowering tales

Oppressive patriarchal systems are to everyone’s detriment. The protagonists of these six novels for middle- and high-school readers do what they can to take back their power. See also our Women’s History Month tag and Women’s History Month 2024 coverage. Plan A by Deb Caletti High School    Labyrinth Road/Random    416...

Across so many years

These historical novels for intermediate and middle-school readers bring to life the journeys of female protagonists from a wide range of points in history. See also “Learning from history” from the January 2023 Notes issue and “Living through history” from the July 2022 issue, plus our Women’s History Month tag...

Express yourself

In honor of Women’s History Month, coming up in March, here are eight picture-book biographies about women in the arts. See also our Five Questions interview with Dean Robbins and Susanna Chapman about The Fastest Drummer: Clap Your Hands for Viola Smith!, Guide/Reviews Database section The Arts, and our Women’s...

Week in Review, February 12th-16th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the January/February 2024 Horn Book Magazine: BGHB Fiction and Poetry speeches - Nick Brooks | Thanhhà Lại | Angeline Boulley   Out of the Box: Horn Book trivia A Roundup of Picture Books About Food by Shenwei Chang Black History Month 2024  ...

Week in Review, February 5th-9th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the January/February 2024 Horn Book Magazine: BGHB Nonfiction speeches - Dinah Johnson | April Harrison | Angela Joy | Janelle Washington | Jarrett J. Krosoczka   From the March/April 2024 Horn Book Magazine: Preview   Out of the Box: Afikomen: Sydney Taylor Book Award...

Preview March/April 2024 Horn Book Magazine

Cover photo by Kristen Joy Emack.   Second issue of our centennial year! HB100: Poetry & Folklore: Continuing our centennial coverage with discussion of this issue’s mini-theme. A photo essay by Kristen Joy Emack centering a diverse group of teens in fairy tales. In Memoriam: Patricia Lee Gauch remembers Ed...

Happy Lunar New Year!

Lunar New Year begins on Saturday. Happy Year of the Dragon! We wish all who are celebrating a new year full of joy and prosperity. Here is our Lunar New Year reading list with fiction and nonfiction books featuring the holiday for preschool, primary, and intermediate readers; and don't miss...
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