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Field Notes: Hosting a Middle-Grade Graphic Novel Club

Graphic novels are everywhere nowadays, and for good reason. Their narrative style offers many entry points for readers: they can be colorful, visually engaging, often diverse, and enjoyable. Some publishers have launched imprints devoted to them, strengthening commitment to the category’s future and giving librarians more opportunities to cheerlead, share, and...

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...

The Writer's Page: How Did I Get Here?: From Picture Books to a Graphic Memoir

The revision for my next picture book was late. I usually meet my deadlines, but this time I had a good excuse. A routine colonoscopy had revealed a large tumor, and it was cancerous. My treatment schedule would last a year, including two rounds of chemo, radiation, and two surgeries. As...

Editorial: "What Else Is New?" (September/October 2023)

A few things have changed for the Horn Book since our last issue when Martha V. Parravano, “Keeper of the Horn Book Flame” and the one-and-only recipient of our MVP Award, announced her (semi)retirement; read, re-read, and have a good cry over her July/August editorial, “What a Gift That Is.”...

Table of Contents: September/October 2023 Horn Book Magazine

Cover from It's Fall! © 2023 by Hachette Book Group, Inc. Art © 2023 by Renée Kurilla.   Columns  Editorial "What Else Is New?" by Elissa Gershowitz Embracing what comes next. The Writer’s Page  "How Did I Get Here?" by Marisabina Russo   The role a cancer diagnosis played in one author's...

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...

Preview September/October 2023 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art by Renée Kurilla from It's Fall! The Writer’s Page: Marisabina Russo’s journey from picture books to a graphic memoir. Field Notes: Amanda Lawrence on hosting a middle-grade graphic novel book club. A poem by Lynne Rae Perkins. Horn BOO!: a roundup of Halloween and seasonal books....

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...

2023 Mind the Gap Awards: The books that didn't win at ALA

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. The books that didn’t win.   Not-dog Every Dog in the Neighborhood by Philip C. Stead; illus. by Matthew Cordell Don’t Worry, Murray by David Ezra Stein     Locked out Farmhouse by Sophie Blackall     Swept away A Day for...
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