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

Five questions for Ilyasah Shabazz & Renée Watson X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon, Candlewick, 14 years and up. Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Renée Watson, Farrar, 11–14 years. When the weather outside is frightful… Chirri & Chirra: The Snowy Day by Kaya Doi, trans. by Yuki Kaneko, Enchanted Lion, […]

From the Editor – February 2018

Congratulations to all the authors and illustrators honored this week by the American Library Association! For a complete list of winning titles, with links to the Horn Book’s reviews, please click here. The July/August issue of The Horn Book Magazine will include the acceptance speeches and profiles of the Caldecott, Newbery, and Coretta Scott King […]

From the Editor – January 2018

Calling Caldecott will be wrapping up its picture book coverage of 2018 Caldecott Medal hopefuls this month, so get on over there to learn everything before the winner is announced on February 12. This week Edi Campbell considers Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, which would make my shortlist; how about yours? Calling Caldecott’s […]

January Notes from the Horn Book newsletter is here!

In this month’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book, we talk with Julie Danielson, newest Calling Caldecott team member (and long-time author of the awesome Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog!) about her favorite 2018 contenders, dashed Caldecott dreams, and picture-book publishing lore. picture books about persistence new easy readers and early-reader comics rockin’ […]

Five questions for Julie Danielson of Calling Caldecott

In 2017, Calling Caldecott welcomed Julie Danielson to the team. Along with Martha Parravano and Lolly Robinson, Jules — author of the Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog — stays up-to-date on the 2018 Caldecott contenders, offering entertaining observations and useful insight into the awards selection process. 1. How has your first year of Calling […]

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

Five questions for Julie Danielson of Calling Caldecott Silent Days, Silent Dreams by Allen Say, illus. by the author, Scholastic/Levine, 9–12 years. Windows by Julia Denos, illus. by E. B. Goodale, 4–8 years. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illus. by Gordon C. James, Agate/Bolden Books/  Millner, 5–7 years. The Little […]

November Notes out now!

In this month’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book, we chat with author Malinda Lo about her chilling new mystery novel A Line in the Dark. You’ll also find more YA psychological thrillers autumnal picture books to celebrate the season picture-book biographies to encourage budding architects and designers graphic novels (and one graphic memoir) […]

From the Editor — November 2017

It’s Calling Caldecott season, so make sure you head on over to the sometimes feisty debates. Martha and Lolly and Jules and their crew of contributors are doing a wonderful job of turning the contenders upside-down and inside-out to get at just what we mean when we say “the most distinguished picture book for children.” […]

October Notes is here!

In our spooky October issue, we chat with author Deborah Noyes about The Magician and the Spirits: Harry Houdini and the Curious Pastime of Communicating with the Dead. You’ll also find these treats: fresh YA takes on paranormal horror tropes more-giggly-than-ghoulish picture books for Halloween middle-grade novels exploring family, grief, and love via supernatural elements […]

From the Editor – October 2017

We are just done with this year’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards and Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Resistance.” With record attendance for both events, I can’t remember a more engaged and enthusiastic audience, and our speakers and discussion leaders were variously inspiring and provocative, and always informative. Congratulations to our awardees, and thank you to […]