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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 […]

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 […]

Love, friendship, and fashion

For Valentine’s Day, here are some new YA stories featuring friendship, romance, purported space aliens, and fabulous fashion. See also Katrina Hedeen and Rachel L. Smith’s 2013 Horn Book Magazine article: “What Makes a Good YA Love Story?” Edan, star of Cecil Castellucci’s Don’t Cosplay with My Heart, is a devotee of the (fictitious) comic […]

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 […]

When the weather outside is frightful…

A little imagination can go a long way towards alleviating snow-day cabin fever. These wintry picture books celebrate thinking outside the box (or, in one case, thinking a box into outer space), making them perfect companions to preschoolers’ indoor imaginative play. In their third outing, Chirri & Chirra: The Snowy Day, Kaya Doi’s rosy-cheeked (and, […]