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Picture-book biographies of pioneering women 2019

March is Women’s History Month, but we believe women’s history and empowerment are important topics to talk about with kids all year long. (And at every age — check out this onesie I was stoked to find for a friend’s baby!) The following recent picture-book biographies of amazing women can be a part of the […]

Books mentioned in the March 2019 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Laurie Halse Anderson Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Farrar, 12–16 years. SHOUT by Laurie Halse Anderson, Viking, 14 years and up. Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, illus. by Emily Carroll, Farrar, 12–16 years. Strong women making an impact 2019 Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket […]

Books for Black Future Month

This February, as in previous years, we’ve been commemorating Black History Month by highlighting articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about Black authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field. New additions this year include “’To Be Great, Heroic or Beautiful’: The Enduring Legacy of The Brownies’ Book” by […]

Books mentioned in the February 2019 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Claire Hartfield A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield, Clarion, 12–16 years. Celebrating Black History 2019 The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illus. by Kadir Nelson, Houghton/Versify, 8–14 years. We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, ed. by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, illus. by […]

Books mentioned in the January 2019 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

General knowledge 13½ Incredible Things You Need to Know About Everything Gr. 4–6, middle school     176 pp.     DK     2017 Trade ISBN 978-1-4654-6112-4 DiPiazza, Francesca Davis  Fandom: Fic Writers, Vidders, Gamers, Artists, and Cosplayers Middle school, high school     120 pp.     Twenty-First Century     2018 Trade ISBN 978-1-5124-5049-1 Ebook ISBN 978-1-5124-9887-5 Esbaum, Jill  Little Kids First Big Book […]

Books mentioned in the January 2019 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Caroline Cala Best Babysitters Ever by Caroline Cala, Houghton, 10–12 years. Non-snoozy storytimes  I’m Tough! by Kate McMullan, illus. by Jim McMullan, HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, 3–5 years. Bigger Than You by Hyewon Kyung, Greenwillow, 3–5 years. Bark Park! by Trudy Krisher, illus. by Brooke Boynton-Hughes, Simon/Beach Lane, 3–5 years. Lost and Found […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2018

Here is Fanfare, the Horn Book’s annual list of the books we really loved the most. I wish I could tell you there was some more objective criteria, but there isn’t: these are the books the Horn Book editors, in consultation with our reviewers, are happiest to have read. They are books that both confirmed […]

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

Religions of the world Darvic, Debra B.  We Are Jewish Faces Gr. PS, K–3     32 pp.     Behrman/Apples     2018 Trade ISBN 978-1-68115-536-4 Gilani-Williams, Fawzia  Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam Illustrated by Chiara Fedele Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Kar-Ben     2017 Library binding ISBN 978-1-4677-8938-7 Paperback ISBN 978-1-4677-9423-7 Ebook ISBN 978-1-5124-2717-2 Jordan, Deloris  A Child’s Book of Prayers […]

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; […]