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Five questions for Ilyasah Shabazz with Renée Watson

Malcolm X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz presented a fictionalized account of her father’s young-adulthood in 2015’s X: A Novel (Candlewick, 14 years and up; written with Kekla Magoon). Her new book, Betty Before X (Farrar, 11–14 years), written with 2018 CSK Author Award winner Renée Watson, and with a younger audience in mind, explores the life […]

Fantastic (graphic-novel) voyages

These engaging new graphic-novel adventures draw intermediate and middle-school readers in to fantastical worlds that are variously beautiful and bizarre. The Sand Warrior kicks off the 5 Worlds series, a sweeping, sci-fi/fantasy graphic-novel saga written by Mark Siegel and Alexis Siegel and illustrated by Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, and Boya Sun. Three kids from very […]

#HBBlackHistoryMonth18

Our commemoration of Black History Month continues with the following new picture books for older readers that recognize African American, Afro Caribbean, and South African trailblazers and pioneers. (And huge congratulations to all of this year’s Coretta Scott King Award winners!) Throughout February The Horn Book is highlighting articles, speeches, and reviews from our archive […]

Review of The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman; 
photos by the author Intermediate    Houghton    140 pp.    g 2/18    978-0-544-71713-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-328-83028-9    $9.99 Sidman introduces readers to Maria Merian, a seventeenth-century German naturalist whose illustrations of the life cycles of butterflies and moths included groundbreaking scientific details, such […]

Review of Older than Dirt: A Wild but True History of Earth

Older than Dirt: A Wild but True History of Earth by Don Brown and Mike Perfit; illus. by Don Brown Intermediate, Middle School    Houghton    104 pp.    g 9/17    978-0-544-80503-3    $18.99 An extended conversation between a science-savvy groundhog and a new-to-Earth’s-history worm features a comprehensive overview of the geological past of our planet. The graphic format, […]

Review of La Belle Sauvage

La Belle Sauvage [The Book of Dust] by Philip Pullman Intermediate, Middle School    Knopf    451 pp. 10/17    978-0-375-81530-0    $22.99 Library ed.  978-0-553-51072-0    $25.99 e-book ed.  978-0-553-51073-7    $11.99 Baby daemons are just as adorable as you’d think, and when it’s baby Lyra’s baby daemon we’re talking about — well, you could write a book. Set a […]

Review of Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship

Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham and Charles Waters; illus. by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko Primary, Intermediate    Carolrhoda    40 pp. 1/18    978-1-5124-0442-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5124-7214-1    $9.99 This clever book of poetry is about finding an unexpected friend. Classmates Irene and Charles (also the names of […]

Review of Hello, Universe

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly Intermediate, Middle School    Greenwillow    314 pp. 3/17    978-0-06-241415-1    $16.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-06-241417-5    $9.99 Virgil Salinas is shy and bullied at school. Since he doesn’t know his multiplication tables, his nasty classmate Chet Bullens, a.k.a. “the Bull” (your standard-issue middle-school bully), repeatedly calls […]

Review of Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up

Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up by Sally M. Walker; illus. by William Grill Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    48 pp.    g 2/18    978-0-7636-7512-7    $17.99 Nonfiction writer Walker (winner of the 2006 Sibert Award for Secrets of a Civil War Submarine) and illustrator Grill (winner of the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal for Shackleton’s Journey) team up […]

Geology nonfiction that rocks

These rockin’ nonfiction titles use a variety of formats and approaches to offer intermediate readers engaging lessons in earth science. Author Charlotte Guillain and illustrator Yuval Zommer’s The Street Beneath My Feet provides a journey to the center of the Earth via a clever vertical accordion-fold book design. Turn the sturdy pages from bottom to […]