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

Five questions for Mitali Perkins Open Mic: Riffs on Growing Up Between Cultures in Ten Voices, ed. by Mitali Perkins, Candlewick, 12–14 years. Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins, Charlesbridge, 12–14 years. Richshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins, Charlesbridge, 10–12 years. Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins, Delacorte, 14–16 years. Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins, Delacorte, 14–16 years. […]

Five questions for Mitali Perkins

Author and blogger Mitali Perkins was born in Calcutta and raised in suburban California, with stops along the way in Africa, the UK, and Mexico. She has written fiction about Burmese boy soldiers (Bamboo People, Charlesbridge 2010, 11–14 years); a Bangladeshi girl disguised as a boy (Rickshaw Girl, Charlesbridge 2007, 10–12 years); Indian and half-Indian, […]

From the Editor — August 2013

I’m grateful to Mitali Perkins for bringing some humor to the multicultural canon; it’s in shorter supply than it should be, a situation caused at least in part by the utter seriousness with which adults — that’s us — talk about appropriate depictions of ethnicity in books for children and teens. The fact that we […]

Apps for preschool and primary users

With all the traveling summer brings, it’s good to have a few tricks up your sleeve to keep kids entertained in the backseat or on the plane. These interactive apps for preschool- and early elementary–aged users fit the bill nicely. Animal SnApp: Farm, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, introduces six alliteratively named barnyard denizens in a […]

Indigenous protagonists and people of color

As the heated — and very productive — discussion on Read Roger reflects, readers are clamoring for more books that represent, as author/illustrator Yuyi Morales eloquently put it, “the experience of other cultures ‘other than the dominant one.’” There’s no question that there aren’t enough such books to choose from; here are four of our […]

Math and science nonfiction

It’s almost time to go back to school! Ease back into it with these recent books: three that make important (but eccentric) figures in math and science — a physicist, a mathematician, and an inventor — relatable to primary readers; and a fourth that presents math concepts in engaging ways. On a Beam of Light: […]

Intermediate books you’ve been waiting for

Can’t get enough Kathi Appelt, Holly Black, Sharon Creech, or…Moose Flanagan? In these new books by favorite authors, readers will venture into a swamp and an island prison; go on a journey with a ghost; and marvel at the sudden appearance of a weird and wonderful boy. In Kathi Appelt’s folksy tall tale The True […]