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

Five questions for Nikole Hannah-Jones, Renée Watson, and Nikkolas Smith The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson, illus. by Nikkolas Smith; Kokila/Penguin. East Asian intergenerational picture books I Dream of Popo by Livia Blackburne, illus. by Julia Kuo; Roaring Brook. Dumplings for Lili by...

From the Editor - October 2021

We’re celebrating the 2021 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards this month at; currently midway through Picture Book week, with Nonfiction up next. Please see my welcome post and video for a full schedule and links to our coverage. And look forward to the January/February 2022 issue of the Horn Book...

YA issues in verse

Like the sixteen-year-old protagonist of Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam’s Boston Globe–Horn Book honor book Punching the Air, illustrated by Omar T. Pasha, the stars of these YA verse novels use poetry and art as means of self-expression to help them remain true to themselves. See also Five Questions about The...

Difficult times for siblings

Boston Globe–Horn Book and Newbery honor book Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley follows two sisters through the foster system and toward a new idea of family. The following middle-grade and middle-school novels feature siblings who are similarly navigating difficult situations, sticking together emotionally while having each other’s backs. See...

East Asian intergenerational picture books

Like Boston Globe–Horn Book honor book Watercress written by Andrea Wang and illustrated by Jason Chin, these recent picture books center warm-hearted, culturally specific, intergenerational East Asian, Asian American, and Asian Canadian family relationships. For older readers, see also AAPI stories and voices from April’s issue of Notes; and more...

Five questions for Nikole Hannah-Jones, Renée Watson, and Nikkolas Smith

The 1619 Project, developed by journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, with writers from the New York Times and the New York Times Magazine, debuted in August 2019, marking “the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.” The project’s goal: “To reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and...

Five questions for Marcie Colleen and Aaron Becker

This Saturday will mark the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. For children born after this tragic event in which 2,996 individuals lost their lives in New York; Washington, DC; and Pennsylvania, reading books such as Marcie Colleen and Aaron Becker’s moving tribute Survivor Tree (Little, Brown, 6–9 years)...

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

Five questions for Marcie Colleen and Aaron Becker Survivor Tree by Marcie Colleen, illus. by Aaron Becker; Little, Brown. Remembering tragedies Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by Jeff Gottesfeld, illus. by Matt Tavares; Candlewick. A Day for Rememberin’: Inspired by the True Events of the First...

From the Editor - September 2021

September brings us an annual…celebration? Rite of passage? Holy Day of Obligation? I refer to the first day of school, loved and loathed in probably equal measure. (And that’s just by the teachers.) See our list of great books that acknowledge this momentous occasion and the power of the school...
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