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Groundbreaking women in STEM

Four new picture-book biographies introduce primary readers to female scientists and mathematicians who wouldn’t let anything stand in the way of their pursuit of knowledge. Also look for a review of Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement by Stephanie Roth Sisson in the upcoming September/October Horn Book Magazine. An early, vivid […]

Review of Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams

Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa Cline-Ransome; illus. by James E. Ransome Primary, Intermediate    Wiseman/Simon    48 pp. 7/18    978-1-4814-7684-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-7685-0    $10.99 Wife-and-husband team Cline-Ransome and Ransome celebrate tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams, focusing on their formative childhoods and the way their preparation and talent fundamentally changed […]

Review of The Flying Girl: How Aída de Acosta Learned to Soar

The Flying Girl: How Aída de Acosta Learned to Soar by Margarita Engle; 

illus. by Sara Palacios Primary    Atheneum    40 pp. 3/18    978-1-4814-4502-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-4503-0    $10.99 In this slightly fictionalized account (with brief invented dialogue) Engle and Palacios introduce readers to Aída de Acosta (1884–1962), who defied the sexist attitudes of her era […]

Review of Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten

Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten by Laura Veirs; illus. by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh Primary    Chronicle    48 pp. 1/18    978-1-4521-4857-1    $17.99 In this picture-book biography of folk musician Elizabeth Cotten (1893–1987), a straightforward narrative describes her modest upbringing in rural North Carolina, where “Libba” taught herself to play her brother’s right-handed guitar despite having […]

Review of Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez; illus. by Felicita Sala Primary    Knopf    40 pp. 3/18    978-0-399-55725-5    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-399-55726-2    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-399-55727-9    $10.99 Joan Procter (1897–1931) was fascinated by reptiles and engaged with them as a herpetologist, researcher, and zoo-exhibit designer — but also on a personal […]

Review of Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon

Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon by Annette Bay Pimentel; illus. by Micha Archer Primary    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.    g 2/18    978-1-101-99668-3    $17.99 “Bobbi Gibb must wear a skirt to school because she is a girl. She is not allowed to run on the school’s track team. Because those are the rules — and […]

Review of Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown; illus. by John Parra Primary    NorthSouth    40 pp. 9/17    978-0-7358-4269-4    $17.95 Spanish ed.  978-0-7358-4292-2    $17.95 Mexican painter, feminist icon, artistic genius — to these descriptors for Frida Kahlo we should add “animal lover.” That’s the takeaway from this lovely biographical portrait (simultaneously published in a Spanish-language edition), […]

Review of Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen and Brave Jane Austen

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen: The Story of Six Novels, Three Notebooks, a Writing Box, and One Clever Girl by Deborah Hopkinson; illus. by Qin Leng Primary    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    40 pp.    g 1/18    978-0-06-237330-4    $17.99 Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel by Lisa Pliscou; illus. by Jen Corace Primary    Ottaviano/Holt    48 pp.    g 1/18    […]

#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 […]

Review of The United States v. Jackie Robinson

The United States v. Jackie Robinson by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen; illus. by R. Gregory Christie Primary    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    40 pp. 1/18    978-0-06-228784-7    $17.99 “Long before anyone had heard of Rosa Parks, a guy named Jack refused to move to the back of the bus.” So begins the story of baseball star Jackie Robinson…before he was […]