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Archives for January 2013

Pyramids 3D app review

Touch Press, developers of The Elements and X is for X-Ray, present a virtual odyssey through the ancient monuments of the Giza Plateau in Pyramids 3D: Wonders of the Old Kingdom (October 2012). 3D imaging and zoom capabilities allow for 360 degree rotation and manipulation of space and objects in this informative and interactive e-book, […]

Ethics, food chains, and stolen hats

Tuesday’s Caldecott post mortem entry has raised an issue in the comments that I think warrants its own post. First, Robin provided a link to Minh Le’s NY Daily News Page Views blog entry, “This is Not My Hat: Reading (a little) too much into the 2013 Caldecott winner.” I think Le is spot-on in his […]

Winter Nonfiction Notes out now

This afternoon subscribers to our monthly newsletter Notes from the Horn Book receive its quarterly supplement Nonfiction Notes. In the winter 2013 issue, Associate Professor of Science Education (and frequent Horn Book contributor) Danielle Ford considers scientific literacy, science books, and the Common Core. You’ll also find reviews of recommended nonfiction books covering a wide […]

Review of My First Day

My First Day by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page; illus. by Steve Jenkins Preschool, Primary    Houghton    32 pp. 1/13    978-0-547-73851-2    $16.99 “What did you do on your first day — the day you were born? Probably not much” begins this book about baby animals’ first hours of life. Jenkins and Page’s simple text effectively highlights […]

Caldecott 2013 post mortem

By now everyone knows the news: This Is Not My Hat won the Caldecott and the committee chose five honor books. Oh happy day for these two bloggers who like a generous honor book slate!         Winner: This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen Honor Books: Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, […]

Books mentioned in the January 2013 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Earth science Our Wonderful Weather series Bodden, Valerie Clouds Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Creative Education     2012 Library binding ISBN 978-1-60818-146-9 Bodden, Valerie Hurricanes Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Creative Education     2012 Library binding ISBN 978-1-60818-147-6 Bodden, Valerie Snow Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Creative Education     2012 Library binding ISBN 978-1-60818-148-3 Bodden, Valerie Thunderstorms Gr. K–3     24 pp.     […]

Science and the Common Core

Both the new Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts and the soon-to-be-released Next Generation Science Standards emphasize competencies in nonfiction literacies: the CCSS in its bold push for a central role for informational text in reading instruction, and the NGSS in its just-as-purposeful spotlight on the critical reading, writing, visual, and oral practices of […]

Watching from the other coast

While Robin and everyone else at Midwinter was getting up extra-early in Seattle, we were able to ease into our day here in Boston, getting some work done and settling in with our second cups of tea and coffee when the announcements began at 11 a.m. Every year we aim to put our response to […]

Reviews of the 2013 Sibert Award winners

Horn Book reviews of the 2013 Sibert Award winner Bomb and the three honor books.

Reviews of the 2013 Printz Award winners

Horn Book reviews of the 2013 Printz Award winner In Darkness and the four honor books.