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Recommended Picture Books: Picture Books for Older Readers

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Coy, John  Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Carolrhoda Illustrated by Randy DuBurke. Coy tells the dramatic story of an illegal, secret basketball game in Jim Crow–era North Carolina between the white Duke University Medical School team and the black North Carolina College of Negroes team. The succinct narrative […]

Recommended Picture Books: Picture Book Biographies

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Barton, Chris  Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Charlesbridge Illustrated by Don Tate. Barton follows African American inventor Johnson, from his childhood tinkering through winning first place at a 1968 science fair, attending Tuskegee Institute, engineering for NASA, and developing a super-blast water gun. Barton describes Johnson’s ups and downs […]

Recommended Picture Books: Metafictive Picture Books

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Barnett, Mac  How This Book Was Made: Based on a True Story Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Disney/Hyperion Illustrated by Adam Rex. Barnett and Rex tongue-in-cheekily describe the process of creating a book. “Ideas can come at funny times,” muses Barnett, shown as a cartoon character arm-wrestling a tiger. It only gets wackier from there, as […]

Recommended Picture Books: Wordless Picture Books

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Becker, Aaron  Return Gr. K–3    40 pp.     Candlewick This third wordless installment (Journey; Quest) brings the story full circle. The father of the lonely girl with a red crayon follows her into the steampunk-meets-fantasy kingdom to share in the adventure. Becker is at his best creating lush, mysterious landscapes. Return‘s plot is, happily, […]

Mock book awards | Class #6, fall 2016

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During our last class on November 30, students will meet in mock award groups. At the first class, we formed five award committees based on students’ personal preferences. We’ve got a Geisel committee, a Sibert committee, and three Caldecott committees. Each student nominated one or two 2016 books which they will present to their group […]

Books mentioned in the November 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Native American Heritage Month Behnke, Alison  A Timeline History of the Trail of Tears [Timeline Trackers: Westward Expansion series] Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Lerner     2015 Library binding ISBN 978-1-4677-8582-2 Paperback ISBN 978-1-4677-8640-9 Ebook ISBN 978-1-4677-8641-6 Peoples of North America series Bodden, Valerie  Apache Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Creative Education     2015 Library binding ISBN 978-1-60818-550-4 Paperback […]

Music makers

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Deans, Karen  Swing Sisters: The Story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Holiday Illustrated by Joe Cepeda. This book recounts the highs (performing for soldiers overseas) and lows (dealing with Jim Crow laws in the South) for the Sweethearts, an all-female jazz band started in 1939 at a school for African […]

Psychology and empowerment

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Cain, Susan  Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts Gr. 4–6     259 pp.     Dial Illustrated by Grant Snider. With Gregory Mone and Erica Moroz. This distillation of the concepts in Cain’s adult book Quiet focuses on situations likely to affect kids and teens, with anecdotes from young introverts. Quiet Power discusses the challenges of introversion […]

Feminism

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Braun, Eric  Loretta Lynch: First African American Woman Attorney General Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Lerner Roland, James  Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Iconic Supreme Court Justice Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Lerner Gateway Biographies series. Two high-achieving women are portrayed fairly, with equal attention paid to their personal and professional lives. Ginsburg’s story spans her childhood in Brooklyn […]

American immigration

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Coy, John  Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land Gr. K–3, 4–6, middle school     32 pp.     Carolrhoda Photographs by Wing Young Huie. A short poetic text focuses on both the difficulties and rewards of immigrant life. Poignant black-and-white and color photos, taken over thirty years in Huie’s home state of Minnesota […]