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Archives for October 2012

Introducing Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

This afternoon, the inaugural issue of our new quarterly e-newsletter Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book went out to subscribers of our long-running monthly newsletter Notes from the Horn Book. Each issue will offer Horn Book Guide reviews of recommended informational books, grouped by subject, that we believe will be useful for schools adhering to […]

Deck Z

Chris Pauls and Matt Solomon’s adult novel Deck Z: The Titanic: Unsinkable. Undead. (Chronicle, September 2012) begins in early April, 1912, when German pathologist Theodor Weiss is summoned to Manchuria to investigate what appears to be a particularly virulent strain of plague. Weiss takes a recently infected victim to a laboratory to study the disease, […]

We’re still here

but a little hard to reach. Boston was barely brushed by Sandy–we had wind and some rain but never lost power–but our email server sits in Soho in a currently shuttered building. Our LJ and SLJ colleagues are all working from home (or friends’ homes!) via the web, Twitter, Facebook and cell phone. Prayers and […]

Editorial: Please Repeat the Question

Neil Gaiman has his own, very good, reasons for asking, “What the [Very Bad Swearword] Is a Children’s Book Anyway?” and you can read all about them, starting on page 10. The question is great, but he doesn’t really have an answer. Don’t feel bad, Neil: here at the Horn Book, we’ve been asking that […]

Review of Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat by Leo Landry; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Houghton     32 pp. 8/12     978-0-547-24969-8     $12.99 Landry’s cheery watercolor and pencil illustrations and calm palette signal that this Halloween story is more treat than trick; together, the straightforward text and simple compositions build suspense and inject humor […]

NF Notes: Letter from the Editor

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book, a quarterly supplement to our monthly e-newsletter Notes from the Horn Book. Each issue of Nonfiction Notes will contain brief reviews, taken from the Horn Book Guide, of new and recent informational books we think would be especially good for schools looking to […]

Books mentioned in the October 2012 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Government, Politics, and Leaders Brezina, Corona America‘s Recession: The Effects of Economic Downturn [Headlines! series] High school   64 pp.   Rosen   2011 Library binding ISBN 978-1-4488-1296-7 Systems of Government series Connolly, Sean Communism Middle school   48 pp.   Smart Apple   2012 Library binding ISBN 978-1-59920-802-2 Connolly, Sean Democracy Middle school   48 pp.   Smart Apple   2012 […]

The Horn Book Magazine — November/December 2012

  Table of Contents   Features Neil Gaiman 10 What the [Very Bad Swearword] Is a Children’s Book Anyway? The author’s 2012 Zena Sutherland Lecture. Susan Cooper 25 Remembering Margaret Mahy March 21, 1936–July 23, 2012. Viki Ash 48 Board Book Roundup An aficionado recommends some recent titles. Columns Roger Sutton 7 Editorial Please Repeat […]

Over the moon for Broadway lullabies

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. How, you may ask, does this connect with children’s books? Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project (Easton Studio Press, May 2012) includes a book of illustrated poems/lullabies, two CDs of the songs, and an e-book. Actress Kate Dawson developed this project to honor her cousin, who died of […]

Language Arts

Berkes, Marianne Animalogy: Animal Analogies Gr. K-3   32 pp. Sylvan Dell 2011 Illustrated by Cathy Morrison. This animal-themed book introduces analogies: “Amphibian is to frog / as mammal is to moose.” Whether illustrating verbs or nouns, the crisp language features accurate syntax, and rhymes on the alternate pages work well. Vivid illustrations of animals in natural […]