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Brave girls in audiobooks

These audiobooks starring brave and resilient female protagonists will appeal to middle-grade fans of historical fiction featuring strong and lively young women. March is Women’s History Month. See also our Five Questions interview with Laurie Halse Anderson and the “Strong women making an impact 2019” section in this issue of Notes from the Horn Book; […]

Embracing friendship and community

The following picture books provide models for warmth, friendship, community-building, and inclusivity in ways that very young children can understand and embrace. David Soman’s inviting How to Two is a counting book that could also serve as a set of inclusivity instructions. A lone boy plays on a slide (“how to one”); when he joins […]

Strong women making an impact 2019

For Women’s History Month, here are four new memoirs and biographies of women who have made a lasting impact in their respective fields. See also our Five Questions interview with Laurie Halse Anderson in this issue; our list of new picture-book bios; the tag women’s history; and KidLitWomen* for more stories of amazing and inspirational […]

New for New Readers: What (Exactly) IS an Easy Reader?

Why are high-quality books for emerging readers so challenging to find? I ask this question as a parent of an emerging reader, as well as in my professional capacity as an elementary school librarian. I’m also asked this same question by teachers, other parents, and professional colleagues. After ruminating about easy readers for years (and […]

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

Five questions for Laurie Halse Anderson Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Farrar, 12–16 years. SHOUT by Laurie Halse Anderson, Viking, 14 years and up. Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, illus. by Emily Carroll, Farrar, 12–16 years. Strong women making an impact 2019 Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket […]

My Characters Don’t Wear Shoes in the House

This article is not meant as a judgment upon people who wear shoes in the house. Some of my closest friends wear shoes in the house. I fully support the rights of people to have different shoe-wearing practices in their own houses. That said, I don’t wear shoes in my house. My spouse doesn’t, my […]

Books for Black Future Month

This February, as in previous years, we’ve been commemorating Black History Month by highlighting articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about Black authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field. New additions this year include “’To Be Great, Heroic or Beautiful’: The Enduring Legacy of The Brownies’ Book” by […]

Star-crossed love

Space, time, war, death, capricious gods: teen protagonists defy cosmic forces to be together in these out-of-the-ordinary love stories. On a Sunbeam, Tillie Walden’s serial webcomic turned epic graphic novel, follows two alternating, far-future timelines. In the first, eighteen-year-old Mia seeks her place among the tight-knit crewmates of a spacecraft; five years earlier, at an […]

Picture book love and community

These new picture books model self-love, strength in community, and pride in identity for very young children of color. Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel, illustrated by Shane W. Evans, is an affirmation of self-love for children of color. An exuberant brown-skinned girl recounts many situations in which she puts her “hands up”: playing peek-a-boo, […]

Celebrating Black History 2019

February is Black History Month. The following nonfiction titles present informative, inspirational, and moving stories about notable African American people and events, to be shared with readers all year long. See also our Five Questions interview with Claire Hartfield, winner of the 2019 Coretta Scott King Author Award for A Few Red Drops: The Chicago […]