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

Research and information science Bailer, Darice  Will and Wendy Build a Website with Digital Tools [Writing Builders series] Illustrated by Sean O’Neill Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Norwood     2013 Library binding ISBN 978-1-59953-584-5 Paperback ISBN 978-1-60357-558-4 Info Wise series Bodden, Valerie  Analyze and Define the Assignment Middle school, high school     40 pp.     Lerner     2015 Library binding […]

Ancient and medieval history


Bergin, Mark  Castle Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Book House McCall, Henrietta  Mummies Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Book House McCall, Henrietta  Pyramid Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Book House Time Shift series. These books provide information relating to structures and customs of ancient and medieval times. Colorful illustrations use split pages to capture scene changes, while the […]

Pop culture

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Anderson, Jennifer Joline  Miley Cyrus: Pop Princess Middle school, high school     112 pp.    ABDO/Essential Library Burling, Alexis  Pharrell Williams: Grammy-Winning Singer, Songwriter & Producer Middle school, high school     112 pp.   ABDO/Essential Library Lusted, Marcia Amidon  Blake Shelton: Country Singer & TV Personality Middle school, high school     112 pp.   ABDO/Essential Library Contemporary Lives series. Generously illustrated […]


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Apelqvist, Eva  Getting Ready to Drive: A How-To Guide Middle school, high school     128 pp.     Enslow Life: A How-To Guide series. Apelqvist provides a concise yet thorough overview of the considerations made when preparing to drive. Chapters touch on large issues (e.g., rules of the road) along with smaller sub-topics, from learning disabilities to how […]

Sea life


Arnosky, Jim  Shimmer & Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life Gr. 4–6    40 pp.     Sterling This follow-up to Slither and Crawl and Creep and Flutter examines marine animals including stingrays, dolphins, jellyfish, and sharks. In a conversational tone, Arnosky relates personal yet information-filled stories of encountering these creatures while boating or simply wading in […]

Research and information science


Bailer, Darice  Will and Wendy Build a Website with Digital Tools Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Norwood Illustrated by Sean O’Neill. Writing Builders series. Wendy and her best friend Will learn how to design a website for their classroom. The solid information and writing tips are mostly suited to middle graders (though the gimmicky framing story […]

Review of Funny Bones

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Funny Bones: Posada and His Day 
of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh; 
illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate   Abrams   40 pp. 8/15   978-1-4197-1647-8   $18.95 Artist José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1915) didn’t invent calaveras, the iconic skeletons associated with Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration, but they attained their greatest popularity during the twenty-four years that […]

Review of My Autumn Book

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My Autumn Book by Wong Herbert Yee; 
illus. by the author Preschool   Ottaviano/Holt   32 pp. 8/15   978-0-8050-9922-5   $14.99 A girl celebrates autumn in Yee’s fourth in a quartet of books about the seasons (Tracks in the Snow, rev. 11/03; Who Likes Rain?, rev. 3/07; Summer Days and Nights, rev. 7/12). The young narrator continues her […]

Board Book Roundup: Fall 2015 Edition: Halloween

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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. Halloween ABC by Sarah Albee; illus. by Julia Woolf […]

Review of Swan


Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder; 
illus. by Julie Morstad Primary, Intermediate   Chronicle   48 pp. 8/15   978-1-4521-1890-1   $17.99 In this exquisite introduction to ballet great Anna Pavlova (1881–1931), the impressionistic text begins the night young Anna goes out into the big city to see The Sleeping Beauty performed. Like the […]