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Remember

Remember started its life as a poem published in 1983 by the esteemed poet Joy Harjo, a member of the Mvskoke Nation and former U.S. poet laureate (the first Native American to hold that title). Caldecott Award–winning illustrator Michaela Goade (Tlingit Nation) gives Harjo's poem new life in rich and beautifully layered illustrations. Endpapers are the first point of...
      

Review of Stuntboy, In-Between Time

Stuntboy, In-Between Time by Jason Reynolds; illus. by Raúl the Third Intermediate, Middle School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    272 pp. 8/23    9781534418226    $14.99 e-book ed.  9781534418240    $9.99 Set one week after its predecessor (Stuntboy, in the Meantime, rev. 1/22), this illustrated novel follows Portico Reeves through one very eventful day as the self-appointed...
      

The Writer's Page: Not-Quite-All-of-a-Kind: Seeking My Jewish Life in Books

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The author, age eight, in an Easter bonnet, hunting for eggs in her yard. Photo courtesy of Laurel Snyder. We talk a lot lately about representation in children’s literature, about the need for all kids to see themselves in the books they read. And, of course, this has been a...
      

Fanfare 2023 Annotations

Welcome to Fanfare, the Horn Book’s annual best books list! Being at the brink of the Magazine’s centennial — in 2024 — provides ample opportunity (slash excuse) to peruse our bound-volumes archive. For example: is this the one-hundredth Fanfare list? Turns out no: Fanfare started in 1939. From March 1938: “Horn...
      

Review of I’m Gonna Paint: Ralph Fasanella, Artist of the People

I’m Gonna Paint: Ralph Fasanella, Artist of the People by Anne Broyles; illus. by Victoria Tentler-KrylovPrimary, Intermediate  Holiday    48 pp.10/23    9780823450060    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823457380    $11.99In this engaging and child-friendly overview of Fasanella’s (1914–1997) life and evolution as a self-taught, working-class artist, Broyles highlights the man’s “rambunctious,” resilient, and independent nature,...
      

An Excerpt from "I Am Myrtilla's Daughter" — The Zena Sutherland Lecture

Like so many authors, I have had to deal with book banners, though on a relatively small scale. Last year my picture book A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart was challenged in Virginia by a parent whose child thought it was about skateboards. Spoiler alert...
      

Review of Coretta’s Journey: The Life and Times of Coretta Scott King

Coretta’s Journey: The Life and Times of Coretta Scott King by Alice Faye Duncan; illus. by R. Gregory ChristieIntermediate    Calkins/Astra    48 pp.9/23    9781662680045    $18.99e-book ed.  9781662680052    $11.99In a sophisticated, poetic picture-book biography, Duncan alternates double-page spreads featuring prose or poems in a variety of forms that highlight Coretta Scott King’s...
      

Review of Those Pink Mountain Nights

Those Pink Mountain Nights by Jen FergusonHigh School    Heartdrum/HarperCollins    352 pp.9/23    9780063086210    $19.99e-book ed.  9780063086234    $10.99Kiki, who is Black and Cree, has been gone for five months when the book begins, and the police have stopped looking for her. Her friend and fellow First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Student Association...
      

Review of A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods by Nikki Grimes; illus. by Jerry Pinkney and Brian PinkneyPrimary  Porter/Holiday    40 pp.9/23    9780823449651    $18.99Shortly after his father’s death, a boy opens an envelope his father left him to find a map of the woods with a bright red X marking a destination. Still coping...
      

Review of Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir

Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir by Pedro Martín; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Dial    320 pp. 8/23    9780593462287    $24.99 Paper ed.  9780593462294    $14.99 e-book ed.  9780593462300    $9.99 Martín’s humorous and heartfelt memoir recounts a momentous 1977 road trip with his “big Mexican American family.” Apá and Amá gather the...
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