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Five questions for Sarah Sax

Each book in Sarah Sax’s Brinkley Yearbooks graphic novel series (Knopf, 9–12 years) centers on a different protagonist. In the second and latest, Tryouts, athletic Al becomes the only girl on the school’s baseball team, and that’s just the beginning of a nuanced tale of teamwork. See also the Sports...
      

Lots to learn

What clubs should I join? Who are my real friends? Where should I sit at lunch?? The protagonists of these eight books recommended for intermediate and/or middle-school readers have more to figure out than just homework questions. For more, see our Five Questions interview with Sarah Sax about Tryouts, and...
      

Hena Khan Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by   In We Are Big Time, picture-book writer and middle-grade novelist Hena Khan essays her first graphic novel, illustrated by another first-timer, Safiya Zerrougui. Aliya is the new kid in...
      

Five questions for Edel Rodriguez

Edel Rodriguez has worked in formats and genres including adult graphic memoir, fiction and nonfiction picture books, and iconic covers for Time magazine. His fantastical wordless picture book The Mango Tree / La mata de mango (Abrams, 4–8 years) is inspired by his own story of migration from Cuba and...
      

Presenting the 2024 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners

On Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 12 pm EDT, Horn Book Editor in Chief Elissa Gershowitz announced the 2024 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. If you want to relive the excitement, you can watch the archived video here:     2024 BOSTON GLOBE–HORN BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED Prestigious Program Honors...
      

Horn Book Podcast

  In 2007 and 2008 the Horn Book had a (more-or-less) monthly podcast. The Horn Book’s new podcast aired in 2016 and 2017, hosted by Roger Sutton (editor in chief at the time) and Siân Gaetano (then Guide editorial assistant). We are happy to make these episodes available once again here. Our podcasts featured...
      

Butterfly in the Sky Screening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre

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On June 2, as part of their Panorama series, the (newly renovated — door's in the back!) Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA, hosted a screening and discussion of Butterfly in the Sky, the recent documentary about (everyone's favorite) Reading Rainbow: "Take a look / it's in a book..." The movie presented extensive interviews with the show's...
      

"With a Salute to All Children's Librarians": Amplifying the Work of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

Left to right: Dr. Henrietta M. Smith, Effie Lee Morris, and Dr. Claudette S. McLinn. Photo courtesy of Claudette S. McLinn. Throughout its hundred years, the Horn Book has reviewed the works of prominent BIPOC children’s librarians; their names have been mentioned within interviews, articles, book award recaps; and, like...
      

Five questions for Paula Yoo

Rising from the Ashes: Los Angeles, 1992. Edward Jae Song Lee, Latasha Harlins, Rodney King, and a City on Fire (Norton, 12–18 years) by Paula Yoo provides a thoughtful, in-depth, and very compelling account of the 1992 Los Angeles uprising, the events leading up to it, and its aftermath from...
      

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month." Here are some articles, interviews, and booklists by and about Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islander Americans to help acknowledge, celebrate, and amplify the voices of children's book creators of Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander descent. Also...
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