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Review of Mom, It’s My First Day 
of Kindergarten!

 Mom, It’s My First Day 
of Kindergarten! by Hyewon Yum; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Foster/Farrar    40 pp. 7/12    978-0-374-35004-8    $16.99    g “Mom, wake up!” In the art, a young boy looms large, while his mom appears small and kind of blue (as in “sad,” though she’s also pale blue from head to toe). […]

Review of A Home for Bird

A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead; illus. by the author Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    32 pp. 6/12    978-1-59643-711-1    $16.99    g Stead (author of A Sick Day for Amos McGee, rev. 5/10) returns with another terrific tale of devoted friendship. Starting on the copyright page, we see a little bird thrown from the back of […]

Phillip Hoose on Moonbird

From the July/August 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Reviewer Joanna Rudge Long asks Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 author Phillip Hoose about the rufa red knot’s current whereabouts. Read the full starred review of Moonbird here. Joanna Rudge Long: Has there been another sighting of B95 since […]

Review of Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with 
the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose Intermediate, Middle School, High School Farrar    
148 pp.    7/12    978-0-374-30468-3    $21.99 He’s called “Moonbird” because, over a lifespan of twenty years, he’s flown some 325,000 miles, the distance to the moon and almost halfway back. This robin-sized red knot (subspecies rufa), […]

Review of Jimmy the Greatest!

Jimmy the Greatest! by Jairo Buitrago; illus. by 
Rafael Yockteng; trans. from 
the Spanish by Elisa Amado Primary    Groundwood    48 pp. 5/12    978-1-55498-178-6    $18.95 e-book ed.  978-1-55498-206-6    $18.95 What happens when a boy from a nondescript small town grows up to be a talented boxer? Most would dream of bigger and better places, but not […]

Medalist matching game round-up

For our July/August 2012 special awards issue, The Horn Book Magazine asked Newbery and Caldecott Medalists to write about their favorite winning books. On Out of the Box we challenged readers to match each author or illustrator to his or her choice. We’ve collected all the entries here in case you missed any. For each […]

“My Favorite Caldecott” matching game featuring David Wiesner

David Wiesner has won the Caldecott Medal three times: in 1992 for Tuesday, in 2002 for The Three Pigs, and in 2007 for Flotsam. Which of these books is the illustrator’s favorite Caldecott winner? a) A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka (2012) b) The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (2008) c) Black […]

Review of The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to 
Their Younger Selves

The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to 
Their Younger Selves edited by Sarah Moon, with 
contributing editor James Lecesne Middle School, High School    Levine/Scholastic    
282 pp. 5/12    978-0-545-39932-6    $17.99 Inspired by mentors in her own childhood, editor Sarah Moon asked sixty-four gay, lesbian, and bisexual writers, illustrators, and publishing professionals to write letters to themselves […]

“My Favorite Newbery” matching game featuring Laura Amy Schlitz

In 2008 Laura Amy Schlitz won the Newbery Medal for Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village, which introduces readers to residents of a 1255 English village through twenty-two poetic portraits. Which of these other Newbery-winning books is her favorite? a) The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (1923) b) Strawberry Girl […]

“My Favorite Newbery” matching game featuring Robin McKinley

Robin McKinley won the 1985 Newbery for her high fantasy The Hero and the Crown, in which Aerin, the outcast daughter of the king, battles the great dragon Maur. Can you guess which of these Newbery-winning books is the author’s favorite? a) Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi (2003) b) Number the Stars by […]