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Five questions for Emily Jenkins

Author Emily Jenkins seems equally at home in picture books and intermediate fiction (and even — shh! — in YA, under nom de plume E. Lockhart). Like several of Emily’s previous books, her latest, Water in the Park: A Book About Water & the Times of the Day (illus. by Stephanie Graegin; Schwartz & Wade/Random; […]

From the editor — May 2013

Many of the books in this issue of Notes implicitly enjoin us to look up from the page and head out into nature (or, as my mother would say, “put down that book and go out and play!”). As I write this, we’re just coming off of Screen-Free Week, an annual effort in which young […]

Books mentioned in the May 2013 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Emily Jenkins Water in the Park: A Book About Water & the Times of the Day written by Emily Jenkins, illus. by Stephanie Graegin, Schwartz & Wade/Random, 4–7 years. Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money written by Emily Jenkins, illus. by G. Brian Karas, Schwartz & Wade/Random, 4–7 […]

Teen audiobooks

Fill those earbuds with great adventure books, from a WWII spy thriller to sci-fi dystopias. These four audiobooks will keep teens on the edge of their seats. Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity was among the best of last year’s young adult fiction, and this audio version does it justice. Here is the intimate story of […]

Get moving

Baseball and basketball, auto racing and boat-jumping. The following picture book biographies of historical sports stars will inspire youngsters to pick up a bat, go for the dunk, or just zoom around for a while. Is there a bigger baseball fan in the children’s book world than Matt Tavares? His sixth title on the sport, […]

Historical fiction starring girls

Strong-willed, memorable female protagonists are the stars of these historical novels for middle-grade and middle-school readers. A small gold-mining town in Alaska; early-twentieth-century San Francisco; 1870s rural Wisconsin; and Reconstruction Louisiana provide the backdrops for their entertaining adventures. Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes is the story of a spirited ten-year-old African American girl who works […]

Get outside

Three new picture books for young children feature the great outdoors as the setting for small, familiar dramas. On the nonfiction side, a new photo-essay celebrates a school garden as an outdoor classroom and gathering place for the school community. In David Martin’s Peep and Ducky, two bird pals meet in the park for an […]