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The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: A Conversation with Kathleen T. Horning

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The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (a research library of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education) began documenting the numbers of children’s books by African American authors and illustrators in 1985 — when then–CCBC director Ginny Moore Kruse, serving on the Coretta Scott King Book Award Jury, learned that of the approximately 2500 trade books […]

Women in the visual arts

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We’re commemorating Women’s History Month in typical Horn Book fashion — by highlighting great books! Last week we recommended books about groundbreaking women in STEM; here are some recent picture-book biographies (plus one memoir and one tribute anthology) of innovative female visual artists. Today brought some good news regarding women and art: it’s just been […]

From The Guide: Art Appreciation

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Rita Auerbach’s extended review of Molly Bang’s Picture This 25th anniversary edition took me back to my Simmons grad school days. I remember the eye-opening experience of reading Picture This for the first time — how it forever altered the way I “read” and examine art and illustration. The following books, all recommended by The […]

Review of Spring for Sophie

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Spring for Sophie by Yael Werber; illus. by Jen Hill Preschool, Primary    Wiseman/Simon    32 pp. 2/17    978-1-4814-5134-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-5135-2    $10.99 In the middle of winter (a snowy, northern, rural winter), Sophie is ready for spring. She wonders when it will arrive and how she will know it is […]

Pili Pop: Español app review

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In Pili Pop Labs‘ immersive language-learning apps, you play a cute alien creature who has just landed on Earth and needs to acquire human language — fast. I gave Pili Pop: Español (2015; iOS and Android) a try to brush up on my (rusty) Spanish. Vocabulary (numbers, clothing, animals, fruits, body parts, etc.) is presented […]

Board Book Roundup: Bedtime Books

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This column is part of a series of recommended board book roundups, formerly published twice a year, now published every season. You can find the previous installments here. Don’t miss Viki Ash’s primer “What Makes a Good Board Book?” from the March/April 2010 Horn Book Magazine. Good Night, My Darling Baby by Alyssa Satin Capucilli; […]

Review of Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team

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Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin Middle School, High School    Roaring Brook    280 pp. 1/17    978-1-59643-954-2    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-59643-955-9    $9.99 Football icon Jim Thorpe is the indisputable star of Undefeated, although other compelling narratives come into play, including those of the infamous […]

Review of Bull

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Bull by David Elliott High School    Houghton    188 pp. 3/17    978-0-544-61060-6    $17.99    g There’s little grand or heroic in Elliott’s clever verse version of the classical story of the Minotaur: its title, Bull, is topically and colloquially apt. The story unrolls in the voices of seven characters, each with his […]

Books mentioned in the March 2017 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Women in STEAM Burleigh, Robert  Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor Illustrated by Raúl Colón Gr. K–3, 4–6     40 pp.     Simon/Wiseman     2016 Trade ISBN 978-1-4814-1600-9 Ebook ISBN 978-1-4814-1601-6 Conkling, Winifred  Radioactive!: How Irène Curie & Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science & Changed the World Middle school, high school     227 pp.     […]

Collective biographies

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Esbaum, Jill  Little Kids First Big Book of Who Gr. K–3    128 pp.    National Geographic First Big Books series. This colorful, oversize book features concise but engaging bios of some of the world’s most well-known artists, inventors, scientists, explorers, and human-rights leaders. Information about each individual is presented in accessible language geared at young readers, […]