Recommended Books

Promoting good books for children and young adults is the heart of The Horn Book’s editorial mission. Archived here are annotated lists of recommended titles.

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

All about animals Did You Know? series DiSiena, Laura Lyn and Eliot, Hannah Chickens Don’t Fly: And Other Fun Facts Illustrated by Pete Oswald Gr. K–3      32 pp.      Little Simon      2014 Trade ISBN 978-1-4424-9353-7 Paperback ISBN 978-1-4424-9326-1 E-book ISBN 978-1-4424-9327-8 DiSiena, Laura Lyn and Eliot, Hannah Hippos Can’t Swim: And Other Fun […]

After-school activities

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Barnhart, Norm Dazzling Card Tricks Gr. 4–6   32 pp.  Capstone Barnhart, Norm Marvelous Money Tricks Gr. 4–6   32 pp.  Capstone Edge Books: Magic Manuals series. Accessible step-by-step instructions, clear demonstrative photographs, and “what you need” sidebars teach readers to master simple but impressive magic tricks with cards or money. Tips for performing the tricks effectively and […]

Careers and community helpers

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Buckley, A. M. The Arts Middle school, high school   112 pp.  ABDO Freese, Susan M. Fashion Middle school, high school   112 pp.  ABDO Hamen, Susan E. Engineering Middle school, high school   112 pp.  ABDO Lusted, Marcia Amidon Entertainment Middle school, high school   112 pp.  ABDO Inside the Industry series. Each book describes four careers; for […]

Performing artists

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Cardillo, Margaret Just Being Audrey Gr. K–3   32 pp.  HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray Illustrated by Julia Denos. From Audrey Hepburn’s childhood in Nazi-occupied Europe, to a film career, motherhood, and role as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, this picture book biography encapsulates Hepburn’s “certain something.” Cardillo’s prose is focused and elegant; Denos’s paintings perfectly depict the delicate beauty […]

Disasters

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Goldsmith, Connie Bombs over Bikini: The World’s First Nuclear Disaster Middle school, high school   88 pp.  Twenty-First Century This book offers a riveting tale of the aftermath of U.S. nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific. The tests themselves and the lives of the Marshall Islanders directly affected by the resulting radiation contamination are described in […]

All about animals

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DiSiena, Laura Lyn and Eliot, Hannah Chickens Don’t Fly: And Other Fun Facts Gr. K–3   32 pp.  Little Simon DiSiena, Laura Lyn and Eliot, Hannah Hippos Can’t Swim: And Other Fun Facts Gr. K–3   32 pp.  Little Simon Did You Know? series. Illustrated by Pete Oswald. Each volume presents select trivia about a variety of […]

Review of Neighborhood Sharks

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Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites 
of California’s Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Macaulay/Roaring Brook    
48 pp. 9/14    978-1-59643-874-3    $17.99    g Look closely at the cover of this impressive account of great white sharks off the Northern California coast: that bright red in the illustration is blood trailing […]

Review of The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place

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The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry Middle School    Roaring Brook    354 pp. 9/14    978-1-59634-956-6    $15.99    g This airy confection could not be more different from Berry’s most recent (and pitch-black) novel All the Truth That’s in Me (rev. 11/13). Part murder mystery, part girls’-school story, part dark drawing-room comedy (think Edwin Drood, […]

Review of Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

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Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki; illus. by Qin Leng Primary    Kids Can    32 pp. 8/14    978-1-894786-33-1    $16.95 Despite her brothers’ teasing, little Hana plans to play her violin at the talent show. True, she’s only a beginner, but Hana is a stalwart and determined young lady, practicing every day and performing for any […]

Review of Picture This

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Picture This: Perception and Composition by Molly Bang; illus. by the author Intermediate     Bulfinch/Little     141 pp. 9/91     Paper ed. 0-8212-1855-7     $12.95 With a forward by Rudolf Arnheim. If I could buy only one book this year, this would be the one. If I could take only one book on a long cavation, this would be […]