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2023 in review

Photo: Alamy. Belated welcome, 2024! Our year-long centennial celebration means that we'll be doing a lot of reminiscing this year, including our usual annual Horn Book Year in Review. Enjoy this look back on the past twelve months in the world of children's and YA literature! 2023 ALA Awards coverage May/June...
      

2023 Booklists and Resources Master List

Looking for books about annual observances, back-to-school season, human rights issues...or Star Trek? In 2023, we published booklists and resource lists covering a wide range of topics for all age levels, so we've compiled them together for readers to find some great new books to enjoy and share. Don't miss out — subscribe...
      

Black History Month 2024

In commemoration of Black History Month, we'll be featuring articles, speeches, interviews, and reviews from The Horn Book's past year that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field — one a weekday through the month of February. Last Monday's ALA Youth Media Awards announcement...
      

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...
      

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...
      

Twelve New Middle-Grade Novels with Caribbean Protagonists

Tweens are at the stage of cognitive development where their brains are beginning to gain a broader understanding of abstract ideas and predispose them to trying new things. Thus, the middle grades are a critical time for expanding young people’s reading palettes in order to form their literary tastes and...
      

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...
      

From the Editor - May 2023

Last month’s Notes from the Horn Book was our annual Summer Reading special issue, including a baker’s dozen of unique and enjoyable titles for each age range. If you haven’t yet downloaded the free PDF version, there’s no time like the present! In addition to being my birthday month, May...
      

Diverse stories for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, celebrating people in the United States with ancestral ties to the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Here are six works of fiction — featuring realism, folklore, short stories, and historical fiction — for middle-graders and middle-schoolers that...
      

Five Questions for Librarian Akunna Eneh

Akunna Eneh is programs & community outreach librarian for the Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library, one of the hosts of the Greater Roxbury Book Fair. This FREE community event takes place on Saturday, May 20, 2023, from 12–5pm.  1. Your title is Programs & Community Outreach Librarian. What does your job look...
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