You, Notes readers, have told us that you want more reviews of informational books. While—of course—I will tell you again to look to our Magazine and Guide for excellent and broad coverage of nonfiction titles, I’m pleased to inform you about a new publication that will debut in October.
Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book (I may have to run a contest to give it a better name!) will provide brief reviews of recent and good informational books. In choosing what books to include in each quarterly issue, we will be guided by the Common Core Standards, which are asking educators to employ more nonfiction in the language arts classroom, and more reading in those classes devoted to science, history, and social studies. These Standards, which have been adopted by forty-five U.S. states, supply no set reading lists, instead asking teachers to use books that will help students develop the cognitive skills that will help them succeed in college and work. In other words, the standards ask for the kind of books we’ve always liked: books that make you think.
Nonfiction Notes is a free digital publication, and it will be sent to subscribers of Notes from the Horn Book automatically. Look for it in your email in October. I hope it will prove useful in getting the right books into students’ hands.
Editor in Chief