In this and every issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book, our aim is to give brief notice to good informational books that we think teachers and librarians will find useful in developing and enriching lesson plans across the curriculum. Are these books “Common Core Ready,” the latest buzz-phrase resounding from publishers’ promotional materials? Yes, they are — but, as I write in the latest edition of The Horn Book Magazine, it would be hard to find a book that isn’t. When it comes to selecting books for classroom use, do not be swayed by a publisher’s enumeration of the many CCSS rubrics that a given book may address. Neither the publisher nor the book is doing the teaching, you are. Select your reading accordingly.
Editor in Chief
The Horn Book, Inc.
This editorial originally appeared in the June 2013 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.