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Black History Month 2024

In commemoration of Black History Month, we'll be featuring articles, speeches, interviews, and reviews from The Horn Book's past year that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field — one a weekday through the month of February. Last Monday's ALA Youth Media Awards announcement...
      

Reviews of the 2024 Sibert Award Winners

Winner The Mona Lisa Vanishes: A Legendary Painter, a Shocking Heist, and the Birth of a Global Celebrity by Nicholas Day; illus. by Brett Helquist Intermediate, Middle School    Random House Studio/Random    288 pp. 9/23    9780593643846    $19.99 Library ed.  9780593643853    $22.99 e-book ed.  9780593643860    $11.99 The Mona Lisa wasn’t the world’s...
      

Reviews of the 2024 Geisel Award Winners

Winner Fox Has a Problem [My First I Can Read!] by Corey R. Tabor; illus. by the author Primary    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    32 pp. 8/23    9780063277915    $17.99 Paper ed.  9780063277922    $5.99 e-book ed.  9780063277946    $5.99 Fox and his friends are back in this newest installment in Tabor’s Geisel-winning (for Fox...
      

Reviews of the 2024 CSK Author Award Winners

Winner Nigeria Jones by Ibi Zoboi High School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    384 pp. 5/23    9780062888846    $19.99 e-book ed.  9780062888860    $12.99 Sixteen-year-old Nigeria is expected to lead the youth of the Movement (which is “like a small African West Philly village in the big, white state of Pennsylvania”) and model what...
      

Review of Great Carrier Reef

Great Carrier Reef [Books for a Better Earth]by Jessica Stremer; illus. by Gordy WrightPrimary    Holiday    40 pp.7/23    9780823452682    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455256    $11.99In 1976, after approximately twenty-five years of service, the massive aircraft carrier USS Oriskany was decommissioned. Rather than being sold or relegated to retirement, “chained to a pier. Rusted,...
      

Review of Enlighten Me

Enlighten Me by Minh Lê; illus. by Chan ChauIntermediate, Middle School    LB Ink/Little, Brown    144 pp.9/23    9780759555471    $24.99Paper ed.  9780759555488    $12.99e-book ed.  9780316395526    $9.99Middle-schooler Binh isn’t happy about his Vietnamese American family’s trip to a silent Buddhist meditation retreat. His beloved Game Boy is taken away, and, worse, Binh has...
      

Review of Mine!

Mine! by Candace Fleming; illus. by Eric RohmannPreschool    Schwartz/Random    40 pp.8/23    9780593181669    $18.99Library ed.  9780593181676    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593181683    $10.99“In a tall, tall tree, / at the tip-tippy top, / hung a single red apple, / just about to drop.” Crisp, bright illustrations with smooth black outlines, created on stained paper...
      

Review of Tee Time on the Moon: How Astronaut Alan Shepard Played Lunar Golf

Tee Time on the Moon: How Astronaut Alan Shepard Played Lunar Golf by David A. Kelly; illus. by Edwin FotheringhamPrimary    Calkins/Astra    40 pp.7/23    9781662680175    $18.99e-book ed.  9781662680182    $11.99Although the book offers a factual recounting of the Apollo 14 moon landing, its true focus is astronaut Alan Shepard Jr.’s personal experiment...
      

Review of Tiger Daughter

Tiger Daughter by Rebecca LimMiddle School, High School    Delacorte    192 pp.8/23    9780593648971    $17.99Library ed.  9780593648988    $20.99e-book ed.  9780593648995    $10.99Two “migrant kids”—first-generation immigrants to Australia from China—aspire to escape their dysfunctional lives and constricted futures by being accepted to a prestigious, government-funded high school. Wen Li Zhou, thirteen, and her best...
      

Review of Spanish Is the Language of My Family

Spanish Is the Language of My Family by Michael Genhart; illus. by John ParraPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.7/23    9780823450046    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455454    $11.99Spanish ed.  9780823454464    $18.99Genhart highlights the love between a grandson and his abuela through their connection with the Spanish language. Narrator Manolo signs up to compete in his school’s...
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