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Books mentioned in the September 2018 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Zetta Elliott Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott, illus. by Geneva B, Random House, 8–11 years. Everyday — and otherworldly — wonders My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder by Nie Jun, trans. by Edward Gauvin, Lerner/Graphic Universe, 8–11 years. The Tale of Angelino Brown by David Almond, illus. by Alex […]

August 2018 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: High School

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo HarperTeen     361 pp 3/18     978-0-06-266280-4     $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-266282-8     $9.99 Fifteen-year-old Xiomara, a self-described “brown and big and angry” Dominican girl from Harlem, finds peace in writing poetry. The slow-burning suspense of what will transpire when devoutly Catholic Mami discovers Xiomara’s clandestine relationship with a classmate is eclipsed only […]

August 2018 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Middle School

March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine by Melba Pattillo Beals; illus. by Frank Morrison Houghton     214 pp. 1/18     978-1-328-88212-7     $16.99 As one of the Little Rock Nine, Beals helped integrate Central High School in 1957; here she recounts the childhood years that led up to that important step (described in the […]

August 2018 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Intermediate

Stella Díaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez; illus. by the author Roaring Brook     202 pp. 1/18     978-1-62672-858-5     $16.99 Shy, artistic third grader Stella Díaz, who emigrated from Mexico to Chicago, is self-conscious about her accent and occasional English blunders. She’s also worried about being in a different class than best friend Jenny. Supportive […]

August 2018 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Picture Books

Lena’s Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma by Keith Calabrese; illus. by Juana Medina Atheneum     40 pp. 7/18     978-1-5344-0894-4     $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-0895-1     $10.99 Lena isn’t nervous to start kindergarten…but her shoes are. Lena enlists her headband (who is “a good listener”) to talk to them, and, with fears assuaged and a bit of reverse […]

Books mentioned in the August 2018 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Sergio Ruzzier Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier, Chronicle, 5–8 years. Two Mice by Sergio Ruzzier, Clarion, 3–5 years. Uncommon graphic novels for beginners The Itchy Book by LeUyen Pham, Hyperion, 5–8 years. New Shoes by Sara Varon, Roaring Brook/First Second, 5–8 years. The Dragon Slayer: Folktales […]

Books mentioned in the July 2018 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Catherine Gilbert Murdock     The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, illus. by Ian Schoenherr, Greenwillow, 9–12 years. The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras, Dawson/Penguin, 9–12 years. The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, illus. by Hatem Aly, Dutton, 12–16 years. The […]

Recommended reading for Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

The Islamic month of Ramadan, a solemn holiday of fasting, charity, and additional prayer, culminates in the joyous feasting of Eid al-Fitr — which begins tonight at sunset. Eid mubarak to those celebrating! We’d like to call your attention to reading suggestions from our friends at KitaabWorld, who review and recommend children’s books with a […]

Books mentioned in the June 2018 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Jessica Love Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love, Candlewick, 4–7 years. Summer lessons No Swimming for Nelly by Valeri Gorbachev, Holiday House, 2–5 years. Saturday Is Swimming Day by Hyewon Yum, Candlewick, 4–7 years. Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh, Scholastic/Levine, 4–7 years. The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier, illus. […]

Books mentioned in the May 2018 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Psychology, emotions, and wellness Savvy: Stress-Busting Survival Guides series Andrus, Aubre  Happiness Hacks: How to Find Energy & Inspiration With Karen Bluth; illustrated by Veronica Collignon Gr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.     Capstone     2017 Library binding ISBN 978-1-5157-6820-3 Andrus, Aubre  Me Time: How to Manage a Busy Life With Karen Bluth; illustrated by Veronica Collignon […]