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extracurriculars_albee_why'd-they-wear-thatAlbee, Sarah Why’d They Wear That?
Middle school, high school    192 pp.     National Geographic    2015

Albee comprehensively and conversationally examines how fashion has shaped history, and vice versa. Organized chronologically, the text explains how a trend or clothing item originated and what function it served, with numerous accompanying illustrations and photos; side boxes provide additional context (e.g., “How did [knights] go to the bathroom?”). A fascinating read for fashion and history aficionados. Reading list, timeline, websites. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Fashion; Clothing; History, World

extracurriculars_braun_plan-a-holiday-partyBraun, Eric Plan a Holiday Party
Gr. 4–6    32 pp.     Lerner    2014

Braun, Eric Plan an Outdoor Party
Gr. 4–6  32 pp. Lerner 2014

Watson, Stephanie Plan a Birthday Party
Gr. 4–6  32 pp. Lerner 2014

Watson, Stephanie Plan a Sleepover Party
Gr. 4–6  32 pp. Lerner 2014

Party Time! series. A short introduction followed by three chapters give clever party-planning tips, also taking into account issues of safety, etiquette, and guests’ needs. This attractive series features color photos of tweens and teens (mostly girls); slangy text; and eye-catching layouts that use headings, bullet points, and callouts wisely. A planning checklist, theme ideas, and a suggested music playlist are included in each volume. Reading list, websites. Ind.
Subjects: Customs and Holidays; Sleepovers; Parties

extracurriculars_harbo_my-guide-to-paper-airplanesHarbo, Christopher My First Guide to Paper Airplanes
Gr. K–3
   24 pp.     Capstone    2015

First Facts: My First Guides series. After a brief introduction explaining folding symbols and outlining materials, simple stepped directions for nine different paper airplanes are accompanied by colorful, easy-to-follow pictures, making these “lazy afternoon” projects pleasingly accessible to early readers. Boxes with “flying tips” explain how to launch the planes, each uniquely shaped to fly a bit differently than the others. Reading list.
Subjects: Paper airplanes; Vehicles—Airplanes

extracurriculars_mcgee_fun-and-festive-fall-craftsMcGee, Randel Fun and Festive Fall Crafts: Leaf Rubbings, Dancing Scarecrows, and Pinecone Turkeys
Gr. K–3    48 pp.     Enslow/Elementary    2014

McGee, Randel Fun and Festive Spring Crafts: Flower Puppets, Bunny Masks, and Mother’s Day Pop-Up Cards
Gr. K–3   48 pp.     Enslow/Elementary    2014

McGee, Randel Fun and Festive Summer Crafts: Tie-Dyed Shirts, Bug Cages, and Sand Castles
Gr. K–3    48 pp.     Enslow/Elementary    2014

McGee, Randel Fun and Festive Winter Crafts: Snow Globes, Groundhog Puppets, and Fairy Masks
Gr. K–3    48 pp.     Enslow/Elementary    2014

Fun and Festive Crafts for the Seasons series. Each volume contains step-by-step directions with photos and appended traceable patterns for eight crafts requiring different skill levels. Setting these apart from most seasonal craft books, each begins with a legend and some factual information about the season, and each project is introduced by a paragraph of context (e.g., the history of bookmarks). Reading list, websites. Ind.
Subjects: Handicrafts and Hobbies; Seasons—Winter; Seasons—Spring; Seasons—Summer; Seasons—Autumn

extracurriculars_turnbull_cool-stuff-to-photographTurnbull, Stephanie Cool Stuff to Photograph
Gr. 4–6    32 pp.     Smart Apple    2014

Cool Stuff series. Thirteen double-page spreads explore photography as a hobby and include the pros and cons of different kinds of cameras (phone, compact, DSLR cameras); use and care of equipment; and tips on framing, lighting, close-ups, perspective, and using scanners and light-sensitive paper. Copious photographs demonstrate techniques. Websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Visual Arts; Photography

From the September 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.


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