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Five questions for Jack Wong

“Is a book about swimming really just about swimming?” When You Can Swim by Jack Wong (Orchard/Scholastic, 4–8 years) — winner of the just-announced 2023 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award! — is a joyful, inclusive, reassuring picture book that encourages all readers to take the plunge. 1. Did you...

Books mentioned in the June 2023 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Jack Wong When You Can Swim by Jack Wong; Orchard/Scholastic.   Summer activities Daddy & Me, Side by Side by Pierce Freelon, illus. by Nadia Fisher; Little, Brown. Summer Is for Cousins by Rajani LaRocca, illus. by Abhi Alwar; Abrams. A Bed of Stars by Jessica Love; Candlewick....

From the Editor - June 2023

In case you missed it, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards were announced yesterday; yes, we secretly knew, when we asked Scholastic if we could do a Five Questions interview with Jack Wong for this issue of Notes, that he had won the Picture Book Award for When You Can Swim,...

LGBTQIA+ representation

These seven recent YA titles are perfect for Pride Month in June — and for standing up to anti-LGBTQIA+ book banners all year round. See also last year’s Rainbow Reads project plus picture book, middle-grade, and teen booklists from the Guide/Reviews Database. Imogen, Obviously by Becky Albertalli High School    Balzer...

Appreciating the arts

From arts-focused summer camps to in-school art shows and performances, the following seven middle-grade and middle-school novels depict the value of arts as means of self-expression, friendship-making, and...vampire fighting?! See also our Guide/Reviews Database dance booklists for primary, intermediate, and older readers as well as our theater novels booklists for...

Summer activities

On summer’s official first day — June 21 — enjoy the following five entertaining and heartwarming picture books about summertime activities. See also Five Questions for Jack Wong — newly announced Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award winner for When You Can Swim; and find lots more great recommendations on...

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