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Board Book Roundup: Winter 2017 Edition: Bedtime Books

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; […]

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

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

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” […]