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Promoting good books for children and young adults is the heart of The Horn Book’s editorial mission.

Promoting tolerance

Bakshi, Kelly  Roots of Racism Middle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential    2017 Blakemore, M. T.  White Privilege Middle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential    2017 Burling, Alexis  Race in the Criminal Justice System Middle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential    2017 Eboch, M. M.  Race and Economics Middle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential    […]

Empowering girls and women

Conkling, Winifred  Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot Middle school, high school    310 pp.    Algonquin    2018 This fascinating chronological account of the bumpy road to women’s suffrage in the U.S. begins with the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention and culminates with ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Over half the book focuses […]

Election Day 2018

Harris, Duchess  Freedom of Religion Middle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential    2017 Harris, Duchess, with Kari A. Cornell  Freedom of the Press Middle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential    2017 Harris, Duchess  Governmental Checks and Balances Middle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential    2017 Harris, Duchess, with Rebecca Morris  The Right to Bear Arms […]

Books mentioned in the October 2018 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Election Day 2018 American Values and Freedoms series Harris, Duchess  Freedom of Religion Middle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential    2017 Library binding ISBN 978-1-5321-1299-7 Ebook ISBN 978-1-5321-5187-3 Harris, Duchess, with Kari A. Cornell  Freedom of the Press Middle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential    2017 Library binding ISBN 978-1-5321-1300-0 Ebook ISBN 978-1-5321-5188-0 Harris, Duchess  […]

Review of My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder

My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder by Nie Jun; illus. by the author; trans. from the Chinese by Edward Gauvin Primary, Intermediate    Graphic Universe/Lerner    128 pp. 9/18    978-1-5124-4590-9    $30.65 Paper ed.  978-1-5415-2642-6    $9.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5124-9859-2    $30.65 In the first of four stories in this graphic novel for young readers, Yu’er, who walks with […]

Review of Blue

Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp. 9/18    978-1-62672-006-4    $17.99 Where this inventive author-illustrator explored both the palette and politics of the color green in Green (rev. 3/12), Blue finds her sneaking up on us with a story about loss, even if at first we think we […]

Review of Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice: Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the World

Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice: Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the World by Ilene Cooper Intermediate, Middle School    Abrams    184 pp. 8/18    978-1-4197-2295-0    $17.99 Our country has a long history of citizens who have fought for social change — among them, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. This chronological account traces […]

Review of The Third Mushroom

The Third Mushroom by Jennifer L. Holm; illus. by Tad Carpenter Intermediate    Random    230 pp.    g 9/18    978-1-5247-1980-7    $16.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-1981-4    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-1982-1    $10.99 Grandpa Melvin returns in this sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish, still stuck in the body of a teenager (thanks to his earlier anti-aging experiment) and ready to help […]

Review of A Gift from Abuela

A Gift from Abuela by Cecilia Ruiz; illus. by the author Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 8/18    978-0-7636-9267-4    $15.99 Ruiz elevates a standard tale about the loving bond between a grandmother and granddaughter with historically significant and culturally relevant detail (the book is set in 1980s Mexico City). The beauty of Abuela and Niña’s quotidian […]

Review of The Ghostly Carousel: Delightfully Frightful Poems

The Ghostly Carousel: Delightfully Frightful Poems by Calef Brown; illus. by the author Primary    Carolrhoda    32 pp. 8/18    978-1-5124-2661-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5415-2468-2    $17.99 Brown (Soup for Breakfast, rev. 3/09; Hypnotize a Tiger, rev. 3/15) gives his quirky, funny verse and art a spooky twist here with seventeen poems celebrating ghosts, witches, demons, and even […]