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Review of Leaving China: An Artist Paints His 
World War II Childhood

Leaving China: An Artist Paints His 
World War II Childhood by James McMullan; 
illus. by the author Middle School, High School    Algonquin    113 pp. 3/14    978-1-61620-255-2    $19.95 McMullan was born in Tsingtao, North China, in 1934 to an Irish-English missionary family. His privileged childhood was disrupted by the 1937 Japanese occupation; by 1941, he and […]

Review of The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life

The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert; illus. by the author Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    72 pp. 3/14    978-1-4424-3571-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4424-3572-8    $10.99 In a generously illustrated picture book memoir, Ehlert speaks directly to her audience, particularly readers who like collecting objects and making things. Aptly titled, the book is jam-packed […]

Hello and a book recommendation

By way of introduction, a story and a book recommendation. When I was in school, I had an experience that many people have and one I think about often as a teacher — I felt like I rarely saw myself in a book (though disclaimer — I had some excellent teachers). I always feel that […]

Review of March: Book One

March: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. by Nate Powell Middle School, High School   Top Shelf Productions   128 pp. 8/13   978-1-60309-300-2   $14.95 Congressman John Lewis — the last surviving member of the “Big Six” civil rights leaders — recounts his formative years in this first volume of a planned trilogy. The book […]

Creative lives

Recent posts have given us tantalizing glimpses behind the scenes with Rebecca Stead, Lee Kingman Natti, and Shaun Tan. Read more about the lives of artists you admire — including cartoonists, dancers, writers, musicians, and mimes! — with our new artist memoir and biography booklist. These  titles were all published within the last several years […]

Artist memoirs and biographies

The books recommended below were all published within the last several years and reviewed by The Horn Book Magazine. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. Picture Books Suggested grade level listed with each entry. Keep Your Eye on the Kid: The Early Years of Buster Keaton by Catherine Brighton […]