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Five questions for Kevin Young

Emile and the Field (Make Me a World/Random, ages 3–6; illus. by Chioma Ebinama) is the picture-book debut of Kevin Young, an acclaimed poet, poetry editor of the New Yorker, and the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. In the lyrically...
      

From the Editor - March 2022

Our daily coverage of Women’s History Month continues throughout March. Please join me in belatedly celebrating the March 13 birthday of the Horn Book’s founder Bertha Mahony Miller, and follow #HBWomensHistoryMonth on Twitter and Facebook. As April’s National Poetry Month approaches, I’ve been thinking about all that poetry can be...
      

Say it in verse

Poetry can be a powerful way for people to express complex emotions, and that’s certainly the case in these four recent middle-grade verse novels about the timely subjects of COVID-19, structural racism, the plight of refugees, women’s health and education, and mental illness. See also our Five Questions interview with...
      

Picture books for National Poetry Month 2022

April is National Poetry Month, and in addition to our Five Questions interview with the New Yorker’s poetry editor Kevin Young about Emile and the Field, here are five other recent picture books and poetry books to inspire preschool and primary readers. We’ll be celebrating poetry all month long; catch...
      

Five questions for Linda Sue Park

The One Thing You’d Save (Clarion, 9–13 years) written by Linda Sue Park begins with a teacher’s question: “Imagine that your home is on fire. You’re allowed to save one thing. Your family and pets are safe, so don’t worry about them. Your Most Important Thing. Any size. A grand...
      

From the Editor - April 2021

It is National Poetry Month, and the books selected by our editors for this issue of Notes remind me of how pliable our definition of poetry has had to become: it can be poetry-poetry, as in the collections by Naomi Shihab Nye, Jack Prelutsky, and Nikki Grimes reviewed above; but...
      

New for National Poetry Month 2021

April is National Poetry Month, and the following seven titles, for middle-grade and up, represent the variety — and appeal — of the form. See also our Five Questions interview with Linda Sue Park about her new illustrated verse novel The One Thing You’d Save; along with Jacqueline Woodson’s 2021...
      

A Note from Me (Apr 2, 2021)

Dear friends: Awww, Beverly Cleary. Tributes are everywhere (including the front page of the Times, featuring yours truly) and we’ve rounded up several from among the many that have appeared in the Horn Book over the years. And I have a new “I’m so old…”: “I’m so old I remember...
      

Start of Poetry Month 2020

Did you know that April is #NationalPoetryMonth? Throughout the month we'll be posting links and resources — start here with articles + recommendations from our recent archive....
      

Books mentioned in the April 2020 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Diana Murray and Zachariah OHora Goodnight, Veggies by Diana Murray, illus. by Zachariah OHora, Houghton. Preschool bedtime books Brown Baby Lullaby by Tameka Fryer Brown, illus. by AG Ford, Farrar. I’m Brave! I’m Strong! I’m Five! by Cari Best, illus. by Boris Kulikov, Ferguson/Holiday. Bedtime for Sweet...
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