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Five questions for Paula Yoo

Rising from the Ashes: Los Angeles, 1992. Edward Jae Song Lee, Latasha Harlins, Rodney King, and a City on Fire (Norton, 12–18 years) by Paula Yoo provides a thoughtful, in-depth, and very compelling account of the 1992 Los Angeles uprising, the events leading up to it, and its aftermath from...

Books mentioned in the May 2024 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five Questions for Paula Yoo Rising from the Ashes: Los Angeles, 1992. Edward Jae Song Lee, Latasha Harlins, Rodney King, and a City on Fire by Paula Yoo; Norton. Stories for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month The Partition Project by Saadia Faruqi; Quill Tree/HarperCollins.  Next Stop by Debbie Fong; RH...

From the Editor - May 2024

I’m not one to pick favorites, but May (Mother’s Day! my birthday!) may be my favorite month. As may be the new May/June Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Our Centennial, with foldout cover by April Harrison from Go Forth and Tell, written by Breanna J. McDaniel. The Horn Book’s May/June...

For die-hard dino fans

In these four books recommended for primary readers, some fiction and some nonfiction, you’ll find prehistoric creatures…and humans fascinated by them, as so many kids are! See also Danielle J. Ford’s May/June 2007 Horn Book Magazine article “Beyond Barney: What Makes a Good Dinosaur Book?” and the Guide Reviews/Database subject...

The page-turning past

An engrossing story can help you see history in a new way. In these four novels for middle- and/or high-school readers — including realistic historical fiction as well as fantasy — moments in the past come alive. Farewell Cuba, Mi Isla by Alexandra Diaz Middle School    Wiseman/Simon    336 pp. 9/23   ...

Stories for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Here are six works of fiction for intermediate and middle-school readers — novels, graphic novels, a short story collection — set in North America and starring characters of Asian heritage. And for slightly older readers, see our Five Questions...

Five questions for Sylvie Kantorovitz

Vehicles are a staple of picture books, and Sylvie Kantorovitz’s new early-reader comic A New Car for Pickle (Holiday, 5–8 years), capitalizes on that favorite topic for readers who are speeding toward independence — and with plenty of humor and whimsical panel illustrations, it’s perfect for summer reading. See Kantorovitz’s...

2024 Summer Reading Recommendations

Let's Go! © 2024 by Julie Flett. I’m not a skateboarder, but it sure looks like fun in Julie Flett’s picture book Let’s Go! (at right). It’s a story about a kid mustering the courage to try something new (using Mom’s childhood skateboard!) and then finding — and helping build...

2024 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 2023–2024 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual...
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