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Spring into poetry

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

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

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

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, […]

St. Patrick’s Day reading

Erin go bragh! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this updated list of nonfiction about Ireland and its history, fiction starring Irish and Irish American protagonists, and a little bit of pure blarney. All of the following titles were recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and Guide at the time of their publication; reviews are reprinted […]

A Second Look: The Egypt Game

I was in second grade the first time I went to Egypt. Every Friday, I took a bus to another elementary school across town in order to attend a Gifted and Talented Education program. Once a week, I lived a separate school life, at a different campus with a different teacher and different friends. My […]

A collection of collections

Each of these books combines the voices of lots of inspiring people, whether in stories, essays, comics, or thought-provoking quotes, in order to inform and enlighten readers. Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, a lively anthology edited by Book Riot associate editor Kelly Jensen, broaches the subject of “feminism for the real world” […]

There — and back again?

The protagonists of these adventures undertake perilous journeys (three of them via ship) in search of fantastical destinations or legendary objects — or just somewhere to belong. Kate Milford’s The Left-Handed Fate begins in 1812, with ship-captain’s daughter Lucy Bluecrowne, her nine-year-old half-brother Liao, and teenage scholar Max Ault aboard the Left-Handed Fate. England is […]

Friendly feuds

Around the same time children are making brave first steps as independent readers, they’re also enlarging their friendship sphere. These four new early chapter books humorously tackle some classic friendship conflicts young readers may encounter — and model some possible resolutions. The answer to the titular question of Leo Landry’s What’s Up, Chuck? is: green-eyed […]

Doing their bit (backwards and in heels)

March is Women’s History Month, and this year it feels especially vital to shine a light on the accomplishments of women and girls (see the two Ada Lovelace books below!). The following picture books celebrate women throughout history who have smashed societal expectations and restrictions. For more of The Horn Book’s Women’s History Month coverage, […]