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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.

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, […]

Spring into poetry

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Bodden, Valerie  Finding the Rhyme in a Poem Illustrated by Monique Felix Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Creative Education Bodden, Valerie Picturing Words in a Poem Illustrated by Monique Felix Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Creative Education Bodden, Valerie  Poking Fun in a Poem Illustrated by Etienne Delessert Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Creative Education Bodden, Valerie Who […]

Kids and computing

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Anniss, Matt  Make a Podcast! Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Arcturus Anniss, Matt  Start a Blog! Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Arcturus Find Your Talent series. General directions, some of which seems like common sense, guide readers through creating a web presence. Anecdotal snippets about already established and popular sites add interest to the occasionally contradictory text […]

Environmental activism

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Drummond, Allan  Green City: How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future Gr. K–3    40 pp.     Farrar/Foster On May 4, 2007, a tornado leveled Greensburg, Kansas. The citizens who stayed decided to rebuild a community as environmentally sound as possible. Drummond creates a first-person narrator from a composite of experiences “meant […]

Women in STEAM

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Burleigh, Robert  Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor Gr. K–3, 4–6     40 pp.     Simon/Wiseman Illustrated by Raúl Colón. This book spotlights groundbreaking scientist Marie Tharp, the oceanographic cartographer whose mapping of the Atlantic seafloor yielded key evidence confirming the theory of continental drift. Tharp holds the narrative reins here, […]

Review of Short Stories for Little Monsters

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Short Stories for Little Monsters by Marie-Louise Gay; illus. by the author Primary    Groundwood    48 pp. 3/17    978-1-55498-896-9    $19.95 Here’s a collection of super-short stories — one per double-page spread — in the growing tradition of such collections (recently, for instance, One Day, the End, rev. 9/15; Benjamin Bear in “Brain […]