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Field Notes: A Family Affair: Connecting Community to Books

On a rainy day in July 2017, a group of teachers, librarians, and community activists gathered at Frugal Bookstore, Boston’s only Black-owned bookstore, to participate in a discussion of Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give (which would go on to be named a 2018 Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor Book). As co-chairs of the […]

Happy International Dance Day!

Today is International Dance Day, a day to “to celebrate dance, revel in the universality of this art form, cross all political, cultural and ethnic barriers, and bring people together with a common language — dance.” We hope you are movin’ and groovin’ in celebration, but when you need a breather, check out these recommended […]

April 2019 Horn Book Herald: Spring News

Spring is here, and with it comes this Spring News edition of our Horn Book Herald e-newsletter, a bimonthly supplement to Notes from the Horn Book. Five Questions for Raúl the Third National Library Week National Poetry Month Signs of Springtime From the April 2019: Spring News issue of The Horn Book Herald.

National Siblings Day 2019

Today is National Siblings Day (here is mine; and the picture above is Roger’s brother with his bloopah). Here are some booklists and articles that highlight “siblings doing what siblings do best.” From Notes from the Horn Book: Sassy siblings From Notes from the Horn Book: Sibling rivalry From Notes from the Horn Book: Family […]

Journeys through grief

Though each of the protagonists of these middle-grade and middle-school stories navigates grief in her or his own way, their paths to healing are all poignant and relatable. In Kwame Alexander‘s Rebound, the 1988-set prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, twelve-year-old Charlie Bell is spending the summer with his grandparents following the sudden death […]

Happy National Poetry Month 2019!

April is National Poetry Month. These illustrated collections for primary and intermediate readers show the variety of forms poetry can take (hello, riddle-ku!) and topics it can cover — from melting snowmen to creativity-unlocking pencils and more. For more on poetry from The Horn Book, see the tags National Poetry Month and poetry. Snowman – […]

Spring into nature

Spring is a season of rebirth, which makes it a great time to discover Mother Nature’s many wonders. These new picture books will inspire inquisitive preschoolers-and-up to venture outside and explore. The Home Builders by Varsha Bajaj invites children to observe nature as a variety of creatures busily create homes to live in with their […]

Books mentioned in the April 2019 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Christian Robinson Another by Christian Robinson, Atheneum, 3–7 years. Spring into nature The Home Builders by Varsha Bajaj, Simona Mulazzani, Penguin/Paulsen, 3–5 years. Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman, Viking, 3–5 years. Olive & Pekoe: In Four Short Walks by Jacky Davis, illus. by Giselle Potter, Greenwillow, 4–8 years. […]

Books mentioned in the March 2019 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Collective biographies for Women’s History Month Bagieu, Pénélope  Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World Translated by Montana Kane Middle school, high school     296 pp.     Roaring Brook/First Second     2018 Trade ISBN 978-1-62672-868-4 Paperback ISBN 978-1-62672-869-1 Clinton, Chelsea  She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger Gr. K–3     32 pp.     […]

Librarianship and information science

Agard, John  Book: My Autobiography Gr. 4–6     138 pp.     Candlewick Illustrated by Neil Packer. This is a quirky history of the codex (with a brief glimpse at ebooks), narrated in an alternately whimsical and lyrical style by the personified Book. Packer’s illustrations, many of which resemble woodcuts, punctuate the brief narratives, as do quotes about […]