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The Power of Literacy

September 8th is International Literacy Day, the perfect bridgehead from which to use these three picture books to proclaim the power of books and reading in the face of increasing attacks on libraries and literacy. For more related books, see Make way from the August 2023 issue of Notes from the...

From the Editor - August 2023

We book people can be suckers for books about book people. See “Make way,” featuring seven picture-book biographies about authors, illustrators, editors, and a sculptor of literary ducklings. Visitors can quack at those famous creatures at the Boston Public Garden year-round; a little farther north, in Brunswick, Maine, visit the Curtis...

Make way

These seven picture-book biographies for primary and intermediate readers celebrate book creators: authors, illustrators, editors (and even, in a dual-Ducklings twist, a sculptor!). For more, see the Authors tag on the Guide/Reviews Database; for example, check out Planting Stories by Anika Aldamuy Denise and Pura’s Cuentos by Annette Bay Pimentel...

Class is in session

There’s lots to learn for the protagonists of these five school-set novels for middle- and high schoolers — and, in many cases, for the other characters around them. All You Have to Do  by Autumn Allen; lyrics by Kahlil AkNahlej Allen  High School    Kokila/Penguin    432 pp.  8/23    9780593619049    $19.99  e-book...

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...

Five questions for Maxwell Eaton III

Scout, the protagonist of Maxwell Eaton’s new graphic-novel series Survival Scout, may be fictional, but when she gets lost on a hike (and her adult brother gets chased away by a bear) in series debut Lost in the Mountains (Roaring Brook, 7–10 years), the wilderness safety advice she offers is real. ...

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

From the August 2023 issue of Notes from the Horn Book. Five Questions for Maxwell Eaton III Lost in the Mountains by Maxwell Eaton III; Roaring Brook In the summertime The Secret Letters by Margaret Peterson Haddix; Tegen/HarperCollins    Ruby Lost and Found by Christina Li; Quill Tree/HarperCollins   Lo & Behold by Wendy Mass; illus. by Gabi Mendez;...

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[See also our Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book archives]   2024 January 2024 Five questions for Breanna J. McDaniel and April Harrison Go forth and help Rising to the occasion It's almost Valen-time From the Editor February 2024 Five questions for Dean Robbins and Susanna Chapman Express yourself Across...

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