Reviews of the 2015 Belpré Author Award winners

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Winner: I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín; illus. by Lee White; trans. by E. M. O’Connor Intermediate     Atheneum     455 pp. 3/14    978-1-4169-5344-9    $16.99 Eleven-year-old Chilean girl Celeste faces upheaval when a brutal dictator rises to power, her parents go into hiding, and she is shipped off to Maine. Threads of mysticism lend an […]

Reviews of the 2015 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

Viva Frida

Winner: Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales; illus. by the author with photos by Tim O’Meara Primary, Intermediate  Porter/Roaring Brook  40 pp. 9/14   978-1-59643-603-9   $17.99   g There have been several books for young readers about Frida Kahlo, but none has come close to the emotional aesthetic Morales brings to her subject, as a Mexican artist herself […]

Reviews of the 2015 Printz winners

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Winner: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson High School   Dial   375 pp. 9/14   978-0-8037-3496-8   $17.99   g In her much-anticipated second book, Nelson (The Sky Is Everywhere, rev. 3/10) delivers another novel of romance, tragedy, grief, and healing, told in poetic prose with the barest hint of magical realism. Jude and Noah are fraternal […]

Reviews of the CSK Illustrator Award winners 2015

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Illustrator Award Winner: Christopher Myers for Firebird Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland 
Shows a Young Girl How to 
Dance like the Firebird by Misty Copeland; 
illus. by Christopher Myers Primary Putnam 40 pp. 9/14 978-0-399-16615-0 $17.99 g Think you can simply write off celebrity books? Think again. American Ballet Theatre soloist Copeland is just as graceful […]

Preview March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art from Tomie dePaola

Beneath these packing peanuts lies the March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine cover by Tomie dePaola. In the March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine: Barbara Bader pays tribute to five gay picture-book creators. Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, 2014 Horn Book at Simmons keynote speaker, calls for more good books featuring diverse characters. Sight Reading: Leonard Marcus on the […]

Reviews of selected books by Patrick Jennings

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Putnam and Pennyroyal by Patrick Jennings; illus. by Jon J Muth Intermediate     Scholastic     165 pp. 11/99     0-439-07965-9     $15.95 From the beginning of his narrative, it’s evident that Cora Lee’s Uncle Frank is possessed by a contrary streak. Cora always spends New Year’s with Frank, fishing in one of Arizona’s rare ponds, because he won’t visit […]

Books mentioned in the January 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Black History Month Story of the Civil Rights Movement in Photographs series Aretha, David The Story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Photographs Gr. 4–6     48 pp.    Enslow     2014 Library binding ISBN 978-0-7660-4234-6 Aretha, David The Story of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement in Photographs Gr. 4–6     48 pp.    Enslow     2014 Library […]

Physics and chemistry

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Adams, Tom Super Science: Matter Matters! Gr. 4–6    18 pp.    Candlewick/Templar Illustrated by Thomas Flintham. In this chemistry overview on eight double-page pop-up spreads, readers can explore topics ranging from atoms and elements to water, air, and radioactivity. Some of the movable features creatively present content, such as mini-booklets for scientist profiles and flaps that […]

Language and literature

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Becker, Helaine AlphaBest: The Zany, Zanier, Zaniest Book About Comparatives and Superlatives Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Kids Can Illustrated by Dave Whamond. Adjectival comparatives and superlatives from angry, angrier, angriest to zany, zanier, zaniest are presented alongside energetic cartoons of carnival scenes. Some pages require a careful look to discern the connection between word and […]

Archaeology

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Athans, Sandra K. Secrets of the Sky Caves: Danger and Discovery on Nepal’s Mustang Cliffs Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Millbrook The “sky caves” were dug into cliff faces in Nepal’s Mustang region roughly one-thousand years ago. Variously used as living and burial spaces, the caves remained unexplored and unused for centuries until they were unearthed […]