U.S. presidents

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Bausum, Ann Our Country’s Presidents: All You Need to Know About the Presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama Gr. 4–6   224 pp. National Geographic New ed., 2009. This updated volume offers balanced chronological summaries of the forty-four U.S. presidents’ terms, along with fact boxes, quotations, and official portraits. Interspersed are occasional double-page spreads about […]

Books mentioned in the January 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

U.S. Presidents Bausum, Ann Our Country’s Presidents: All You Need to Know About the Presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama Gr. 4–6     224 pp.     National Geographic     2013 [New ed. 2009] Trade ISBN 978-1-4263-1089-8 Bolden, Tonya Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty Middle school, high school     120 pp.     Abrams     2013 Trade ISBN 978-1-4197-0390-4 […]

Space

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Bailey, Diane The Future of Space Exploration Gr. 4–6   48 pp. Creative Education What’s Next? series. Acknowledging the challenges, this book begins by considering the possibility of living on Mars. What follows is a straightforward presentation of the successes and obstacles of space exploration from the invention of the telescope to the International Space Station and […]

Endangered species

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Arnold, Caroline A Warmer World: From Polar Bears to Butterflies, How Climate Change Affects Wildlife Gr. 4–6   32 pp. Charlesbridge Illustrated by Jamie Hogan. Arnold explains the effects of climate change on animals and other life. Most, like marmots and coral, are threatened or have even gone extinct, while a few (e.g., Arctic foxes) have […]

Reviews of the 2014 Batchelder Award winners

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Winner: Mister Orange by Truus Matti; trans. from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson; 
illus. by Jenni Desmond (Enchanted Lion) In 1943 Manhattan, Linus’s position in his large family shifts when his oldest brother, Albie, goes off to war and Linus is assigned a new job — delivery boy for the family’s grocery store. One of […]

Reviews of the 2014 Belpré Author Award winners

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Winner: Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina (Candlewick) A move to a new neighborhood in Queens means a new high school for almost-
sixteen-year-old Piddy (short for Piedad) Sanchez. Instead of a welcoming committee, she gets word that someone she doesn’t even know has it in for her. Yaqui Delgado turns out […]

Reviews of the 2014 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

Nino Wrestles the World

Winner: Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales; illus. by the author (Porter/Roaring Brook) Pint-sized Niño, fearless luchador, Popsicle enthusiast, and reluctantly attentive big brother, dons his red mask (he’s already wearing his orange and yellow sneakers and blue-waistbanded tighty-whities), ready to take on all comers. He battles a series of formidable imagined foes from […]

ALA Awards 2014: Horn Book reviews of the winners

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     The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Kate DiCamillo and Brian Floca on January 27, 2014, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Philadelphia. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré, Michael L. Printz, Robert F. […]

Additional ALA Awards 2014

Alex Awards for the ten best adult books that appeal to a teen audience • Brewster by Mark Slouka and published by W. W. Norton & Company • The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell (HarperCollins/Harper) • Golden Boy: A Novel by Abigail Tarttelin (Simon/ATRIA) • Help for the Haunted written by John Searles (HarperCollins/Morrow) […]

2014 Coretta Scott King Award winners

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Reviews of the Coretta Scott King Author Book Award winners: Winner: P.S. Be Eleven; Three Honor Books: March: Book One, Darius & Twig, Words with Wings. Reviews of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award winners: Winner: Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me; Honor Book: Nelson Mandela. Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award: […]