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Sick-day reading, Newbery Special Issue-style

A sick-day photo, only slightly staged. Kid was already reading Newbery honoree Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, and I couldn't resist dropping in the May/June 2022 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The Newbery Centennial, with cover art by WTMMTM author/illustrator Grace Lin.   Single copies of this special issue are available for...

Marching for their lives

Art by Friend of The Horn Book Innosanto Nagara. With the horror of having to update this booklist yet again: The topics of guns, gun safety, and especially school shootings can be difficult to broach. Here are a selection of books that could help get these vital conversations going. Reviews...

Everywhere Babies 2022

I was surprised and also not surprised to learn the book Everywhere Babies has been the focus of conservative outrage in Walton County, Florida.  I was surprised because I hadn’t realized this book, written by Susan Meyers and illustrated by Marla Frazee, was well known. I have an embarrassing tendency...

Outgrowing shared reading someday

I fully expected my older grandchildren to start pulling away from reading together by now.  They’d be nice about it. They’d gently explain — and by gently, I mean raucously, interrupting and overlapping each other, but still gently, in the sense that they’d sincerely not want to hurt my feelings...

Mother's Day 2022

Not breaking news, but motherhood is hard (fatherhood, too; check back next month). Of course it's also all the good stuff — rewarding, gratifying, exhilarating, heartwarming — but easy it is not; and, to borrow from The Princess Bride, "anyone* who says differently is selling something." Mother's Day is this Sunday, May...

Teacher Appreciation 2022

The late, beloved Robin Smith's rocking chair. This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week, with today, Tuesday, May 3, being National Teacher Day. Please #ThankaTeacher — including teacher librarians, if your district is lucky enough to have them — and remember the extreme difficulties, unique challenges, and seeming near-impossibilities that our educators have been facing throughout...

Día 2022

April 30 is El día de los niños / El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), a "celebration of children, families, and reading...that emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds." This year marks the twenty-sixth anniversary of Día — read about its history here and find resources...

2022 Summer Reading List

Find annotations, interview, downloadable PDF, and more, here.    Picture Books Suggested grade level for all entries: PS–2   Together We Ride by Valerie Bolling; illus. by Kaylani Juanita (Chronicle) I’m Not Small by Nina Crews (Greenwillow) A Song of Frutas by Margarita Engle; illus. by Sara Palacios (Atheneum) The Tide...

2022 Summer Reading: High School

  Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Each of our lists — for all age ranges and including fiction, nonfiction, folklore, and poetry — includes thirteen selections (a baker's dozen!), all published 2021–2022 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the...
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