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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 […]

Animals on the move

Bierregaard, Rob  Belle’s Journey: An Osprey Takes Flight Gr. 4–6     106 pp.     Charlesbridge Illustrated by Kate Garchinsky. Belle, an osprey born on Martha’s Vineyard, is tracked by two scientists as she migrates to South America and back. Bierregaard (one of the scientists) writes engagingly about Belle’s adventure — over eighteen months and thousands of miles […]

National Poetry Month 2019

Bulion, Leslie  Leaf Litter Critters Gr. 4–6     56 pp.     Peachtree Illustrated by Robert Meganck. Nineteen poems (in various forms) accompanied by bright digital illustrations provide information both whimsical and scientific about inhabitants of the brown food web — the layer of leaves and soil where organic matter breaks down and plants grow. Each poem is […]

Collective biographies for Women’s History Month

Bagieu, Pénélope  Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World Middle school, high school     296 pp.     Roaring Brook/First Second Translated by Montana Kane. French artist Bagieu’s brief vignettes of sequential comics art expose readers to brazen women of all fields, times, and places, both famous and little-known. Each entry gives just enough information about each heroine […]

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 […]