Little library

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On my way home the other day I saw a Little Free Library in the flesh. So cute! Has anyone else seen, used, or implemented one?

Historical fiction and nonfiction

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Next Monday (November 10), Lauren’s class will be discussing several books. The theme for the day is “The past made present” so they will look at both historical fiction and nonfiction — including one book that’s a hybrid of the two. Everyone will be reading One Crazy Summer; they will choose to read either No […]

One Crazy Summer

One Crazy Summer

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia In the “crazy summer” of 1968, three black sisters set out from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to reconnect with their estranged mother, an active member of the Black Panther political movement. How does Williams-Garcia balance historical events with the girls’ personal journeys? How do both these aspects of the […]

No Crystal Stair

No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Documents, photos, fictionalized and true accounts of historical figures and events are woven together in this portrait of Nelson’s larger-than-life great uncle Lewis Michaux. What to you make of the […]

Three nonfiction books

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        Bomb: the Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin Claudette Colvin by Phillip Hoose Marching For Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge Acclaimed author Jean Fritz, innovator in children’s nonfiction (and biography in particular), has said: “Children don’t need a perfect picture. They need to see what […]

What Happened to the Frog?

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During this new era of the Common Core State Standards, it is essential for teachers and librarians not only to have an understanding of the end goal of each particular standard but also to have a deep knowledge of the children’s literature that can support it. Take, for example, the College and Career Readiness Anchor […]

Science and stereotypes

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I’d like to start this post with a little thought exercise. Close your eyes and picture a scientist. What is your scientist doing? What does your scientist look like? If you are anything like my second graders, you’ve conjured up the stereotypical scientist: a man in a white lab coat with crazy hair who is […]

Board Book Roundup: Fall 2014 Edition

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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. 1-2-3 Peas by Keith Baker Little Simon     36 pp. […]

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

Unexplained phenomena Extraterrestrial Life series Allman, Toney Are Extraterrestrials a Threat to Humankind? Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint     2011 Library binding ISBN 978-1-60152-170-5 Kallen, Stuart A. The Search for Extraterrestrial Life Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint     2011 Library binding ISBN 978-1-60152-171-2 Marcovitz, Hal Aliens in Pop Culture Middle school, high school   […]

Domestic animals

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Goldish, Meish Science Dogs Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Bearport Goldish, Meish Shelter Dogs Gr. 4–6     32 pp.      Bearport Dog Heroes series. These series entries introduce two types of “dog heroes”: in Science, dogs are studied to aid beneficial scientific discoveries and innovations; Shelter discusses how unwanted dogs can go on to do remarkable things for […]