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

Five questions for Traci Sorell and Frané Lessac We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, illus. by Frané Lessac, Charlesbridge, 5–8 years. Noticing nature’s cycles They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki, Abrams, 5–8 years. Look at the Weather by Britta Teckentrup, trans. by Shelley Tanaka, 5–8 years. Quiet by Tomie dePaola, Greenwillow, 3–7 years. Winter […]

Veterans Day 2018 reading

Today, Veterans Day, is a good day to share books about veterans, their experiences and sacrifices, and their supportive families and communities on the homefront. These titles, both fiction and nonfiction for a range of reader ages, were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide at the time of their publication; […]

Bearing witness

“It is amazing that art could come from such unimaginable atrocity, that writers have found so many different forms — fiction, memoir, poetry, history, even comic strip — to bear witness. These authors have found a form to give voice to the unspeakable.” — Hazel Rochman I was planning to post a response to last […]

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

Five questions for Kate DiCamillo Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, 8–11 years. Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, 8–11 years. Finding home Front Desk by Kelly Yang, Scholastic/Levine, 8–11 years. Just Under the Clouds by Melissa Sarno, Knopf, 9–12 years. Why Can’t I Be You by Melissa Walker, HarperCollins/Harper, 9–12 years. No Fixed Address by […]

Books mentioned in the September 2018 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book: 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Awards Edition

Trailblazing Latinx women Quintero, Isabel  Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide Illustrated by Zeke Peña Middle school, high school     96 pp.     Getty     2018 Trade ISBN 978-1-947440-00-5 Acevedo, Sylvia  Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist Gr. 4–6, middle school    311 pp.     Clarion     2018 Trade ISBN 978-1-328-80956-8    $17.99 Ebook ISBN 978-1-328-52690-8    […]

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 […]