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Five questions for Thomas King

Originally a short story in the author’s 1993 adult collection One Good Story, That One, Thomas King’s Borders (Little, Brown, 11 years and up) is now a graphic novel, illustrated by Natasha Donovan. When the narrator and his mother are stopped at the U.S.-Canada border and asked about their citizenship,...

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

Five questions for Thomas King Borders by Thomas King, illus. by Natasha Donovan; Little, Brown. Middle-grade-and-up for Native American Heritage Month Peacemaker by Joseph Bruchac; Dial. Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac; Dial. The Sea in Winter by Christine Day; Heartdrum/HarperCollins. A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger; Levine...

From the Editor - November 2021

“I’m not sure that I know how to write for adults or how to write for children, or if there is a big difference. So when I write, I write for readers,” says Thomas King in this issue's Five Questions interview, and God bless him. We have all read books...

Nature walks

November in New England is an especially wonderful time to take a nature walk. These recent picture books capture the special feeling of walking around in the great outdoors, with or without a chill in the air. See also 2021: The Year of the Tree? and last week’s Guide/Reviews Database...

Transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary characters

The following YA titles star trans, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary characters whose identities are central to their stories without telling their whole stories. See also reviews of The Passing Playbook and Between Perfect and Real; Five Questions for Aiden Thomas about Cemetery Boys; and find additional books, articles, interviews, and more. Transgender Awareness...

Middle-grade-and-up for Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month. The following new books for middle-graders and middle-schoolers, all written by Indigenous creators, offer variety and depth in their depictions of Native characters and lives. See also Five Questions for Thomas King about Borders; reviews of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States...

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...
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