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Five questions for Marilyn Nelson

Through poetry that is captivating, evocative, and informative, Marilyn Nelson introduces readers to the life, work, and legacy of a prominent Harlem Renaissance sculptor in Augusta Savage: The Shape of a Sculptor’s Life (12 years and up, Ottaviano/Little, Brown). See also our Black History Month and Black History Month 2022 coverage....

Books mentioned in the January 2022 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Marilyn Nelson Augusta Savage: The Shape of a Sculptor's Life by Marilyn Nelson; Ottaviano/Little, Brown. Nonfiction for Black History Month 2022 Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Brandy Colbert; Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins. Rise Up!: How You Can...

From the Editor - January 2022

These works of fiction and nonfiction — all centering Black lives and reflecting a variety of perspectives and lived experiences — are excellent choices for Black History Month (and all year long!), to “augment and enrich the image libraries people carry in their hearts” per Christopher Myers in “Young Dreamers.”...

Black family love

The warmth, kindness, comfort — and silliness — of family shine through in these picture books starring Black protagonists and their loved ones, perfect for Valentine’s Day reading. See also our Black History Month and Black History Month 2022 coverage. The Electric Slide and Kai by Kelly J. Baptist; illus. by...

Stepping up

The young Black protagonists of these enjoyable and generally lighthearted middle-grade and middle-school novels step up when faced with challenges — and come into their own. See also our Black History Month and Black History Month 2022 coverage. The Swag Is in the Socks by Kelly J. Baptist Intermediate, Middle School    Crown   ...

Nonfiction for Black History Month 2022

These true stories and insights from history, including biographies of notable figures (two in graphic-novel form!), bring immediacy for YA readers about significant lives of and times for Black people in America. See also Five Questions for Marilyn Nelson about Augusta Savage: The Shape of a Sculptor's Life, Wade Hudson...

Fanfare 2021 Annotations

Welcome to the 2021 edition of Fanfare, the Horn Book’s choices of the best books for children and teens published in the last year. As always the forty-four selections contain something for pretty much everybody — the single book on the list I’ve been touting for and to pretty much...

Five questions for Thomas King

Originally a short story in the author’s 1993 adult collection One Good Story, That One, Thomas King’s Borders (Little, Brown, 11 years and up) is now a graphic novel, illustrated by Natasha Donovan. When the narrator and his mother are stopped at the U.S.-Canada border and asked about their citizenship,...

Books mentioned in the November 2021 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Thomas King Borders by Thomas King, illus. by Natasha Donovan; Little, Brown. Middle-grade-and-up for Native American Heritage Month Peacemaker by Joseph Bruchac; Dial. Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac; Dial. The Sea in Winter by Christine Day; Heartdrum/HarperCollins. A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger; Levine...
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