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Gatos, perros, and more

Here are nine picture books for younger readers and listeners ranging from the silly to the serious and celebrating Latinidad. See also Spanish Is the Language of My Family (from our Back-to-School issue of Notes from the Horn Book). September 15–October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Latine/x Heritage Month. Find...
      

Back-to-School 2023 (redux)

When I wrote this editorial for July's issue of Notes from the Horn Book, my own kids were still weeks away from back-to-school. Now the time has come! In solidarity with all late-starters: re-read our recommendations for school stories for all age groups, along with Five Questions interview with Kerascoët about...
      

In the summertime

These seven summer-set novels for middle-grade and middle-school readers are perfect for this time of year. (Or save them for winter when you’re ready to escape from the cold!) See also our Five Questions interview with Maxwell Eaton III about Lost in the Mountains (Roaring Brook, 7–10 years), the first entry...
      

Week in Review, July 24th-28th

  This week on hbook.com... July Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: Back-to-School edition: 5Qs for Kerascoët about Bear with Me + 5 picture books about going to school, 7 middle-grade and middle-school stories about navigating school, and 5 history lessons for YA   From the July/August 2023 Horn Book...
      

Five questions for Kerascoët

Bear with Me (Random House Studio/Random, 3–6 years) by Kerascoët (the French husband-and-wife team of Sébastien Cosset and Marie Pommepuy) is about a young child about to start school...without the comfort item of a favorite teddy bear. 1. What is it that draws you to create books about childhood emotions...
      

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

Five questions for Kerascoët Bear with Me by Kerascoët; Random House Studio/Random. Going to school 9 Kilometers by Claudio Aguilera, illus. by Gabriela Lyon, trans. from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel; Eerdmans. Spanish Is the Language of My Family by Michael Genhart, illus. by John Parra; Porter/Holiday. May’s Brave Day by...
      

From the Editor - July 2023

“Bear with Me” (ha!) as I present our annual Back-to-School issue of Notes from the Horn Book, featuring our Five Questions interview with Kerascoët about their BTS-perfect picture book of the same name. My kids have bear-ly been out a month, so we’re still in the dog days; if Summer...
      

True stories

The following five true stories provide young adults with captivating history lessons and also provide them opportunities to draw connections to the current events affecting our world. 83 Days in Mariupol: A War Diary by Don Brown; illus. by the author High School    Clarion/HarperCollins    128 pp. 5/23    9780063311565    $22.99 e-book...
      

Navigating school

Navigating school can be tricky for some middle-graders and middle-schoolers, especially when they’re also facing big life changes, as is the case for the protagonists of these seven books. Sincerely Sicily by Tamika Burgess Intermediate, Middle School    Harper/HarperCollins    304 pp. 1/23    9780063159600    $17.99 e-book ed.  9780063159624    $8.99 Sicily Jordan had...
      

Going to school

Whether it’s first day jitters, the journey itself, the activities happening there, or remembering past experiences, going to school holds significant meaning for children (and adults!), as these five picture books relate. See also Five Questions for Kerascoët about Bear with Me. 9 Kilometers by Claudio Aguilera; illus. by Gabriela...
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