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Five questions for Pedro Martín

Nine kids. One motor home and a pick-up truck. In Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir (Dial, 10–14 years), Pedro Martín recalls his family’s 1977 road trip to pick up his abuelito from Jalisco, Mexico.  1. You seamlessly incorporate a few artistic styles. How did you decide which would best capture a mood...

From the Editor September 2023

Here in New England it’s just about fall (starts this Saturday), and last weekend we celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The start of Rosh Hashanah also coincided with the start of National Hispanic Heritage Latine/x Heritage Month (September 15–October 15), with this month’s issue of Notes dedicated to...

Books Mentioned in the September 2023 Issue of Notes from the Horn Book

From the September 2023 issue of Notes from the Horn Book. Five Questions for Pedro Martín Mexikid: A Graphic Memoir; Dial “Enchanting” and “unforgettable” The Enchanted Life of Valentina Mejía by Alexandra Alessandri; Atheneum Something like Home by Andrea Beatriz Arango; Random  Lalo Lespérance Never Forgot by Phillippe Diederich; Dutton What the Jaguar Told Her by Alexandra V. Méndez; Levine Querido Barely...

“Enchanting” and “unforgettable”

These five books for middle-graders and middle-schoolers draw on realistic Latine experience as well as some fantasy elements. See also our Five Questions interview with Pedro Martín about his graphic memoir Mexikid (Dial, 10–14 years). September 15–October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Latine/x Heritage Month. Find additional books, articles, interviews,...

Latine/x YA: Not alone

Here are five books about Latine/x young adults who forge connections with others across oceans, centuries, and planes of existence. September 15–October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Latine/x Heritage Month. Find additional books, articles, interviews, and more from the Horn Book here.  Frontera  by Julio Anta; illus. by Jacoby Salcedo  Middle...

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...

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...
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