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Books mentioned in the March 2012 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Erin E. Stead A Sick Day for Amos McGee written by Philip Stead, illus. by Erin E. Stead, Roaring Brook/Porter, 4–8 years. And Then It’s Spring written by Julie Fogliano, illus. by Erin E. Stead, Roaring Brook/Porter, 5–8 years. Picture books about the great outdoors Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff, […]

From the Editor – March 2012

It’s a pretty easy bet that you are reading this issue of Notes from the Horn Book on some kind of screen. And in the current issue of The Horn Book Magazine, we look at all the different places that children’s books are likely to be read (or heard or watched . . .) in […]

Story time for big kids

Who says little kids are the only ones who like being read to? The expertly performed audio versions of these books for older readers capture the stories’ affecting dramas and strongly felt emotions. In Patrick Ness’s haunting tale of pain and redemption, A Monster Calls, thirteen-year-old Conor O’Malley faces the death of his mother from […]

Turn of the (last) century

Two horrific tragedies and an infamous hoax: these nonfiction titles bring headline-worthy events from nearly one hundred years ago to new life for contemporary readers. In Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917, Sally M. Walker sets the stage with a brief history of Halifax, Nova Scotia; a summary of World War I; an […]

Middle-grade humor

“Absurd,” “preposterous,” “slapstick.” Know any middle-grade readers who like their stories like that? Here are three new novels that fit the bill. In Mr. and Mrs. Bunny — Detectives Extraordinaire!, Madeline, in the manner of many previous Polly Horvath heroines, has lost her parents. It turns out that they have been kidnapped, and capable Madeline […]

Picture books about the great outdoors

As we (in the northeast, anyway) move from winter into “mud-luscious,” “puddle-wonderful” early spring, the outside becomes irresistible. Here are four new picture books celebrating nature and outdoor play to read after all that puddle-splashing. A young bear explores his surroundings in Ashley Wolff’s Baby Bear Sees Blue. Baby Bear asks about the birdsong he […]

Five questions for Erin E. Stead

After winning the 2011 Caldecott Medal for A Sick Day for Amos McGee, written by her husband, Philip, Erin E. Stead returns with a second picture book, this one about waiting and planning and hope. And Then It’s Spring (5–8 years) grows out of a long friendship; see below. 1. What about Julie Fogliano’s (glorious) […]