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Election Day 2018

Harris, Duchess  Freedom of Religion Middle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential    2017 Harris, Duchess, with Kari A. Cornell  Freedom of the Press Middle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential    2017 Harris, Duchess  Governmental Checks and Balances Middle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential    2017 Harris, Duchess, with Rebecca Morris  The Right to Bear Arms […]

Books mentioned in the October 2018 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Election Day 2018 American Values and Freedoms series Harris, Duchess  Freedom of Religion Middle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential    2017 Library binding ISBN 978-1-5321-1299-7 Ebook ISBN 978-1-5321-5187-3 Harris, Duchess, with Kari A. Cornell  Freedom of the Press Middle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential    2017 Library binding ISBN 978-1-5321-1300-0 Ebook ISBN 978-1-5321-5188-0 Harris, Duchess  […]

Girls, ghosts, and ghouls

In four new shiver-inducing middle-school and YA novels perfect for the Halloween season, young women come face-to-face with the restless dead, who are variously mindless and hungry or self-aware and in need of assistance — and not so different from their living counterparts. For more, see this recommended YA reading list, and don’t miss these […]

Poetry with pictures

These illustrated poetry collections touch on a variety of topics — from the everyday to the prehistoric to the supernatural — but all provide inviting ways to introduce primary readers to poetry. In Did You Hear What I Heard?: Poems About School, thirty-five poems follow the months of the school year, from “Bus Stop” to […]

Finding home

Four novels for middle-grade readers feature memorable and likable protagonists who face economic hardship, homelessness, and prejudice in addition to the usual challenges of growing up. For an author’s perspective on narratives of children finding — or making — home, read E. Lockhart’s Horn Book Magazine Writer’s Page article “On Home, Empathy, and Voice.” In […]

Books mentioned in the October 2018 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Kate DiCamillo Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, 8–11 years. Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, 8–11 years. Finding home Front Desk by Kelly Yang, Scholastic/Levine, 8–11 years. Just Under the Clouds by Melissa Sarno, Knopf, 9–12 years. Why Can’t I Be You by Melissa Walker, HarperCollins/Harper, 9–12 years. No Fixed Address by […]

Board Book Roundup: Treasure Hunting in the Public Library

The parents, caregivers, and babies who visit the main branch of my public library love board books. They eat them up — sometimes literally. We keep the books jumbled in a long wooden bin that sits low to the floor on a cozy rug. Pre-walkers use the bin’s edge to pull themselves up to a […]

Books mentioned in the September 2018 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book: 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Awards Edition

Trailblazing Latinx women Quintero, Isabel  Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide Illustrated by Zeke Peña Middle school, high school     96 pp.     Getty     2018 Trade ISBN 978-1-947440-00-5 Acevedo, Sylvia  Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist Gr. 4–6, middle school    311 pp.     Clarion     2018 Trade ISBN 978-1-328-80956-8    $17.99 Ebook ISBN 978-1-328-52690-8    […]

Planetary science

Fishman, Seth  A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Greenwillow 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book. Illustrated by Isabel Greenberg. Fishman and Greenberg engagingly highlight the wondrousness of numbers, stars, and just about everything about our home planet. Fishman exchanges science writing’s traditional stiffness for a confiding tone. Greenberg, too, eschews physical […]

Incarceration and redemption

Slater, Dashka  The 57 Bus High school     306 pp.     Farrar 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book. In 2013, on the 57 bus in Oakland, California, African American teen Richard, egged on by friends, set white, genderqueer teen Sasha’s gauzy skirt on fire. Sasha survived but sustained third-degree burns; Richard was arrested for a hate […]