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Five questions for Anthony Perry and Alexis Bunten

Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story (Charlesbridge, 6–10 years) by Danielle Greendeer, Anthony Perry, and Alexis Bunten, illustrated by Garry Meeches Sr., reframes the story of Thanksgiving as Keepunumuk, “the time of harvest.” The book is dedicated “to our children, who are our ancestors’ dreams come true”; and in it, a grandmother...

Books mentioned in the November 2022 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Anthony Perry and Alexis Bunten Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story by Danielle Greendeer, Anthony Perry, and Alexis Bunten, illus. by Garry Meeches Sr.; Charlesbridge.   Stories about storytelling The Flamingo by Guojing; Random House Studio/Random. The Book That Kibo Wrote by Mariana Ruiz Johnson, trans. from Spanish by Lawrence...

From the Editor - November 2022

This is our second-to-last issue of Notes for 2022; December is our Fanfare issue — our annual “best of” list — and, spoiler alert, it’s going to be great. This issue, too, is a good one, including a selection of picture books about one of our favorite subjects: stories! And...

Fascinating figures

These five absorbing YA biographies introduce readers to an iconic Olympics activist; a groundbreaking civil rights activist; a German Jewish artist; a suspected Lincoln assassination conspirator — and present well-known lives (e.g., Einstein’s) in eye-catching ways. Hanged!: Mary Surratt & the Plot to Assassinate Abraham Lincoln by Sarah Miller Middle...

Quirky sci-fi

A lifelike robot boy; a cybernetically enhanced cat; a sentient space rover; and ocean creatures in a diving suit on land are the central characters in these four entertaining science fiction stories (two of which are graphic novels) for middle-grade readers. Brand New Boy by David Almond; illus. by Marta...

Stories about storytelling

Here are five recent picture books that creatively introduce (in different ways) the concept of storytelling. The Guide/Reviews Database also includes the subject Storytelling; when browsing that extensive list you’ll find other picture books in the same vein, such as Nahid Kazemi’s Shahrzad & the Angry King (rev. 1/22) and...

Five questions for Andrea L. Rogers

The eighteen interconnected short horror stories in Man Made Monsters (Levine Querido, 12 years and up) by Andrea L. Rogers (Cherokee), illustrated by Jeff Edwards (Cherokee), follow a family forced from their ancestral lands through generations spanning two centuries, from 1839 to 2039. 1. What inspired you to combine fantastical...

Books mentioned in the October 2022 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Andrea L. Rogers Man Made Monsters by Andrea L. Rogers, illus. by Jeff Edwards; Levine Querido.   Pulse-pounding reads Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed; Little, Brown. Phalaina by Alice Brière-Haquet; Levine Querido. The Getaway by Lamar Giles; Scholastic. What We Saw by Mary Downing Hahn; Clarion/HarperCollins. Murder for...

From the Editor - October 2022

Now that the November/December issue of the Magazine is at the printer (it’s a good one!), I can look up from between deadlines and give a heartfelt thank-you to everyone who has reached out with kind words and congratulations about my being named editor in chief of The Horn Book,...
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