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War and peace

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Anderson, M. T.  Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dimitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad Middle school, high school     424 pp.     Candlewick This ambitious work encompasses the life of composer Shostakovich, the early political history of the U.S.S.R., and the nation’s suffering during WWII. Initially inspired by the Bolshevik Revolution, Shostakovich’s music changed […]

Books mentioned in the May 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Art appreciation Benson, Kathleen  Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews Illustrated by Benny Andrews Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Clarion     2015 Trade ISBN 978-0-544-10487-7 Brooks, Susie  Get into Art Telling Stories Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Kingfisher/Macmillan     2015 Trade ISBN 978-0-7534-7183-8 Handler, Daniel  Girls Standing on Lawns Illustrated by Maira Kalman Middle […]

Activism

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Bass, Hester  Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama Gr. K–3      32 pp.     Candlewick Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. In this welcome story of nonviolent protests in the early 1960s, Jim Crow–era South, black residents of Huntsville, Alabama, organize Blue Jean Sunday — a boycott of shops that sell traditional expensive Easter outfits; […]

Wildlife rescue

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Antle, Bhagavan and Thea Feldman  The Tiger Cubs & the Chimp: The True Story of How Anjana the Chimp Helped Raise Two Baby Tigers Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Holt Photographs by Barry Bland. This book relates the story of Mitra and Shiva, two white tiger cubs raised in a wildlife preserve in South Carolina by […]

Inventions and inventors

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Bailey, Diane  How the Light Bulb Changed History Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Bjornlund, Lydia  How the Refrigerator Changed History Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Hand, Carol  How the Internet Changed History Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Perdew, Laura  How the Toilet Changed History Middle school, […]

Art appreciation

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Benson, Kathleen  Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Clarion Illustrated by Benny Andrews. Born in 1930 in Georgia, Andrews defied social expectations by leaving the farm, attending high school, earning a BFA degree, and becoming a renowned painter in an art world still unwelcoming to artists […]

Psst! NEW Horn Book parent blog — help!

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You’re the first to know! The Horn Book is launching a new blog in the fall. Geared toward parents, the blog will provide parent-centric Horn Book articles along with new content. What we need from you — and in the spirit of our May/June Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Collaborations — is suggestions for a […]

Peter Brown on The Wild Robot

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In our May/June 2016 issue, our editors asked Peter Brown about thematic similarities between his 2014 BGHB Picture Book Award–winning picture book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and his new sci-fi Robinsonade The Wild Robot. Read the full review of The Wild Robot. Horn Book editors: Though it’s a very different book, there are similarities in […]

Colleagues and Co-Conspirators

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by Steven Kellogg For the past fifteen years I have regularly interspersed the time I spend sequestered in my Connecticut studio writing and illustrating picture books with journeys back and forth across the country to present programs in schools, libraries, and other settings where people interested in children and their literature congregate. During that time […]

2016 Summer Reading Recommendations

The Horn Book Summer Reading Recommendations

Many years ago I worked at a summer reading club with particularly odorous prizes. I use the adjective advisedly. The club was sponsored by McDonald’s, and the rules were simple: read seven books, give a brief oral report on each, and get a hamburger. Kids worked out pretty soon that thirty-five books meant five hamburgers, […]