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The Islamic month of Ramadan is a solemn holiday of fasting, charity, and additional prayer, culminating in the joyous feasting of Eid al-Fitr. Ramadan mubarak to those observing, and Happy Eid! We’d like to call your attention to archived reading suggestions from our friends at KitaabWorld, who used to review...

Céad míle fáilte!

Céad míle fáilte to all those celebrating St. Patrick's Day today. We've updated three Guide/Reviews Database booklists recommending books for primary, intermediate, and older readers on all things Irish. Sláinte!...

Neurodiverse characters

Neurodivergence can take many forms, and the following chapter-book and middle-grade titles, starring characters on the autism spectrum or those with ADHD (and by authors with first-hand knowledge on the subjects), highlight individuality and diversity of experience. April is Autism Acceptance/Awareness Month; see also our Guide/Reviews Database subject tags Autism...

Animals galore

These four nonfiction picture books engagingly introduce a variety of marine life and land animals. Their scientifically accurate information and illustrations plus plenty of “fun facts” will also be handy to share on Earth Day (April 22, 2023); see as well this Natural History tag in the Guide/Reviews Database for...

A variety of verse (novels)

April is National Poetry Month. These seven distinct novels in verse showcase a wide selection of poetry forms, narrative formats, and genres available to middle-school and high-school readers to meet their interests; see also the Guide/Reviews Database subject tag Poetry and read our five questions interview with Joseph Bruchac about...

2022 Booklists and Resources Master List

Booklists and resources on holidays, special events, seasons, social justice...and axolotls? We've covered a wide range of topics for all age levels in 2022, so we've compiled them together for readers to find some great new books to enjoy and share. Don't miss out — subscribe to The Horn Book...

Philosophical meditations

Those big, sometimes unanswerable questions of life may seem daunting to discuss as adults, and yet they are often subjects that pique children’s curiosity. These six fiction and nonfiction picture books introduce philosophy concepts in a kid-friendly manner. See also the Philosophy tag in the Guide/Reviews Database for more recommendations....

Sports and struggles

The five middle-grade protagonists in these selections (a mix of novels, graphic novel, and graphic memoir) are all passionate about a particular athletic activity. But they’re also experiencing struggles and/or setbacks in their personal lives. While practice doesn’t always make perfect, their beloved sports help teach these kids how to...

"Remember the ladies" during Women's History Month

While these five protagonists aren’t real figures to celebrate during March’s Women’s History Month, their powerful stories are rooted in history, often emphasizing past mistreatment and serving as a reminder of how far we’ve come…and how far we have yet to go. See also our five questions interview with Joy...
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