The Horn Book Publications about books for children and young adults Fri, 27 May 2016 02:34:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Daniel Tiger’s Stop & Go Potty app review Thu, 26 May 2016 16:34:54 +0000 daniel tiger stop and go pottyPotty training is the worst. Mr. Rogers is the best. PBS Kids’s animated television show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood — which, per the Fred Rogers Company “builds on the pioneering PBS series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” — has a new potty-training app, Stop & Go Potty (February 2016), starring the Daniel Tiger characters.

The home screen features Daniel Tiger singing a cheery little potty-ditty: “When you have to go potty / Stop and go right away. / Flush and wash / And be on your way!” Enter the app to be greeted in the Tiger living room (“Hi, neighbor!”) by Daniel’s mother and baby sister, Margaret, and his kitty friend Katerina. Children are prompted to engage in an activity with the characters: stacking blocks with Katerina and Daniel, for example. (The “For Parents” section describes how each activity fosters “Play with a Purpose.”) After a short while, Daniel realizes he has to use the potty. He doesn’t want to stop playing, but Katerina urges Daniel to take care of business.

daniel tiger and katerina

Tap on the potty icon to transport Daniel to the bathroom, then help him with the steps: “Can you hand me some toilet paper please? Don’t forget to wipe!”

daniel tiger potty

Flush, wash hands (soap up, scrub, fill the sink, rinse), then it’s back to playing. “I’m back!” says Daniel. “And all the blocks are right where I left them!”

In the living room, you can tap the potty book on the shelf and watch four little toilet-themed music videos; in one, creatures of all genders hop into side-by-side stalls, no biggie, then wash their hands together.

Whether this (anything?!) will get not-yet-ready-for-it toddlers to ditch the diapers is debatable. But this could be an entertaining diversion while you wait. You could also check out Oceanhouse Media’s Once upon a Potty app based on the book by Alona Frankel. And click here for some new potty-book recommendations. Happy going!

Available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (requires iOS 8.0 or later) and Android devices; $2.99. Recommended for preschool users.

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Potty booklist Thu, 26 May 2016 16:33:15 +0000 Going-to-the-Potty-Fred-Rogers-Best-Potty-Training-Books

The gold standard

And don’t forget to suggest names for our upcoming parent-themed blog!

The Saddest Toileapple_saddesttoilett in the World
by Sam Apple; illus. by Sam Ricks
Preschool Aladdin/Simon 32 pp.
6/16 978-1-4814-5122-2 $17.99
e-book ed. 978-1-4814-5123-9 $10.99

Potty training is serious business for all involved, but what of the unsung toilet? Does anyone consider its feelings? Apple and Ricks do just that in this laugh-out-loud respite from charts, rewards, and accidents. Young Danny isn’t ready to pee in the potty, despite his parents’ gentle encouragement. The thin-skinned toilet, feeling unloved and unappreciated, packs its plunger in a suitcase and heads dejectedly out into the night. The next morning Danny is willing, but “there’s only one problem”…and mother and son embark on a frantic search for their AWOL bathroom fixture. Ricks’s cartoon illustrations show the two looking “in all the wrong places”; the visibly relaxed toilet, however, seems to be enjoying its touristy foray into what appears to be New York City. A chance meeting on the subway leads to a tentative rapprochement and eventually back home to the bathroom, where Danny immediately sits on the potty for an inaugural pee: “I’ve never felt so happy!” the toilet gushes. The potty humor flows freely in Ricks’s expressive digital illustrations (e.g., the toilet views Duchamp’s Fountain sculpture; its subway stop is Flushing Meadows). Apple’s restrained text helps the preposterous scenario float. A celebratory roller coaster ride nods to the ups-and-downs of this rite of passage and hints at challenge number two (get it?). Reluctant potty-goers might be encouraged to hit the head after this ridiculous adventure. KITTY FLYNN

From the March/April 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

shea_dinopottyDinosaur vs. the Potty
by Bob Shea; illus. by the author
Preschool Disney-Hyperion 32 pp.
9/10 978-1-4231-3339-1 $15.99 g

Temporarily conquered by sleep in the rousing — rousing for readers, that is — Dinosaur vs. Bedtime (rev. 9/08), the little red dynamo is back in action, thumbing his snout at new opponents. Shea sticks to the tried-and-true pattern from the first book: Dinosaur loudly triumphs over a variety of tasks (“Dinosaur versus…making lemonade! Roar! Roar! Mix! Squeeze! Roar!”) until, inevitably, he bows to the call of nature. Bold design elements — heavy outline, lots of color, playful placement of type, etc. — echo the character’s T. rex–sized personality as he romps through a lawn sprinkler, drinks three juice boxes at lunch, and (with the garden hose) waters down the imaginary whale in his wading pool. “You’d think he’d need to use the potty! But he says he doesn’t!” Except, finally, he does. Parents and young children will be familiar with the dramatic race to the restroom, after which “the potty wins!” But dry pants are, of course, a victory for everyone. CHRISTINE M. HEPPERMANN

From the January/February 2011 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

spector_how to peeHow to Pee: Potty Training for Boys
by Todd Spector; illus. by Arree Chung
Preschool Holt 32 pp.
4/15 978-0-8050-9773-3 $12.99 g

This lighthearted peeing primer by a family doctor/father encourages both kids and parents to add some fun to the sometimes-fraught process. In an introductory note “Dr. Todd” explains his approach. When he was potty training his son, “Abe would make up styles for using the potty, and we would try to guess what they were.” To get the creative juices flowing, the book suggests ten peeing “styles.” Take, for example, “Cowboy style”: “Step 1: Don a hat, pardner. Step 2: Find your holster. Step 3: Put your hands on your hips. Step 4: Pee-haw! Yee-haw!” There’s “Rocket style” (no hands, so stand back), “Movie Star style,” and “Firefighter style” (yes, a “hose” is involved). Bringing the whole amusing idea to life, Chung’s acrylic and Photoshopped illustrations gleefully interpret the simple four-step instructions for each technique. Spector provides reassuring advice for parents at book’s end with a few basic rules, such as “Don’t worry about a few accidents on your floor.” A helpful reminder, since the above performances can only complicate the task at hand. (In fact, as this is a book for boys, some pointers on aiming would have been useful.) Along with Mo Willems’s Time to Pee (rev. 1/04), this book hits the mark. And hopefully the kid does, too. KITTY FLYNN

From the March/April 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

spector_howtopeeHow to Pee: Potty Training for Girls
by Todd Spector; 
illus. by Arree Chung
Preschool    Holt    40 pp.
4/16    978-1-62779-297-4    $12.99

In this follow-up to How to Pee for boys (rev. 3/15), family doc/dad Spector offers ten peeing “styles” for girls, including “Witchy style,” “Tea party style,” “Princess style,” and “Gymnast style.” Costumes, props, and a flair for drama are encouraged; the idea is to make the potty-training process fun and less stressful for all involved. The acrylic and Photoshop illustrations animate the simple four-step instructions (“Step 1: Curtsy. Step 2: Greet your people. Step 3: Kiss the prince. Step 4: Sit upon your throne”). A two-page author’s note to parents offers some helpful and reassuring advice. KITTY FLYNN

From the March/April 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

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Ice cream and existentialism Wed, 25 May 2016 16:30:54 +0000 naoshi_ice cream workThere are so many things to say about Naoshi‘s picture book Ice Cream Work (Overcup Press, October 2015), but for the sake of orientation, I’ll begin with a brief synopsis. This, according to the jacket copy, is “an utterly delicious story of a humble ice cream cone trying to find meaningful work.” And so it is. Ice Cream Man begins the day by choosing one of many hats to wear — will he be Yogurt? Double Strawberry? Chocolate Chip? What will the day bring? In his thigh-high blue boots, tight yellow cone romper, and blue polka-dotted tie, Ice Cream Man does not have time for your sexism and square standards of male beauty. He is “CHEERFULLY OFF TO WORK.” He is the picture of professionalism.

Ice Cream Man arrives at work in his ice-cream-cone car, and because it is Monday, it’s time to work as dessert in a diner — and engage in casual racism. Am I reading too much into this scene, or is it a little weird that the brown coffee beans, in their dumpy dresses and jumpsuits, are really having to strain themselves getting the creamer in the coffee and the yellow lemons are struggling to pull the tea bag out of the yellow tea one of their own is soaking in, while the white sugar cubes simply stand around doing absolutely nothing, all dressed up with nowhere to go? Odd. Meanwhile, Ice Cream Man has taken off his red glasses and neatly folded them by the side of his chocolate cake work station. He is one with the chocolate cake now, and will be “until finished eating.” For this, he will be paid 50 cream/hour.

ice cream work monday

“QUALIFICATIONS: None PAYMENT: 50 cream/hour”

The rest of the week proves increasingly more meaningful, if only because of the slowly rising wages. On Tuesday, Ice Cream Man enjoys being a Party Popper because he is valued for his “Jumping ability” (100 cream/hour).

ice cream work tuesday

On Wednesday, he has a sedentary day as a Road Cone and doesn’t even sneak a glance at the sexy egg ladies tanning themselves next to him (150 cream/hour). On Thursday, he is part of a Sunflower, his “Team spirit” hopefully unflagging, as the team must stay until the flower withers (350 cream/hour). On Friday, he hauls in the big bucks: 20,000 cream/hour as a golf ball. This is deeply courageous of him and various woodland creatures acknowledge his bravery and salute him (except for a stone-faced monkey).

For his troubles, I’ve calculated that Ice Cream Man made about 87,950 creams this week (assuming that each job is a minimum of an hour, road work in any world takes all day, sunflowers stay perky during the daylight hours, and the golf game lasts about four hours). This doesn’t seem all that bad, but then who knows what a cream is really worth in the Ice Cream economy? Ice Cream Man gets a nice weekend off to shop and hang out with friends, but then it’s back to work. Even an Ice Cream must work to survive in the world. The sky is gray and gumdrops are falling from the sky. Ice Cream Man is again the picture of professionalism, but his heart just isn’t in it anymore.

Naoshi’s story, illustrated with an unusual colored sand technique called sunae, is a tale of hard work and professional triumph, contrasted with the dangers of society’s grinding expectations.

A seek-and-find activity and illustrated “How to Make Sunae” section are appended.

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2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature Wed, 25 May 2016 16:00:08 +0000
Countdown to the 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards announcement, Thursday, June 2, at 11 a.m.!

BGHB watch video here

The 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards will be announced — via video for the first time! — by Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry, managing director of the Boston Globe. Check back at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 2.

Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry. Photo: Aram Boghosian.

Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry. Photo: Aram Boghosian.

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First presented in 1967 and customarily announced in June, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature.

Winners are selected in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction. Two Honor Books may be named in each category.

The winning titles must be published in the United States but they may be written or illustrated by citizens of any country. The awards are chosen by an independent panel of three judges who are annually appointed by the Editor of the Horn Book.

Click here for a list of past winners and honorees. For book reviews, acceptance speeches, and more, click the tag Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards.

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Review of We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler Wed, 25 May 2016 15:00:24 +0000 freedman_we will not be silentWe Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler
by Russell Freedman
Intermediate, Middle School    Clarion    104 pp.
5/16    978-0-544-22379-0    $17.99

Freedman’s latest photohistory is an excellent overview of the White Rose resistance movement, a group of university students who, beginning in June 1942 in Munich, Germany, risked their lives to write and distribute leaflets denouncing the Nazi regime. Focusing mainly on siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl, Freedman cogently describes Hitler’s increasing repressiveness; the Scholl family’s growing alienation from Nazism; the forming of the White Rose resistance movement, consisting of the Scholl siblings and their circle of friends at Munich University; the distribution and impact of the leaflets; and Hans’s and Sophie’s ultimate capture and execution by guillotine. (Hans was twenty-four; Sophie, twenty-one.) As always, Freedman not only writes with clarity and pace but augments his text with primary-source quotes and photographs that add power and immediacy. The book’s large square trim size allows for spacious page design and copious photos. Pair with Hermann Vinke’s The Short Life of Sophie Scholl (rev. 8/84; now sadly out of print) for a fuller portrait of Sophie and the White Rose, or Phillip Hoose’s The Boys Who Challenged Hitler (rev. 7/15) for a look at another remarkable group of young people who worked to sabotage the Nazi regime. Appended with source notes, a selected bibliography, and an index (but no timeline).

From the May/June 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

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Field Notes: Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School Wed, 25 May 2016 14:49:16 +0000 I am the librarian in an elementary school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s a city of socioeconomic extremes, but dedicated to the mission of equity in public education; every classroom in each of the twelve public elementary schools maintains a 60/40 ratio between paid and free lunch students. In addition to being the home of Harvard and MIT and a leader in tech and biotech, Cambridge has a reputation for being a crunchy, grassroots-y, community-activist-y place. No better place to start raising awareness of the wider world and our responsibility as citizens in it than in the elementary school library.

The library after school is a place for families. Photo: Liz Phipps Soeiro.

The library after school is a place for families. Photo: Liz Phipps Soeiro.

School libraries have a built-in audience — our staff, our students, and their families — and the school library space can act as a community gathering place. My library after school is probably the loudest place in the building — toddlers rolling around on beanbag chairs, kindergartners reading with their families, teenagers waiting to pick up their younger siblings from the computer lab. I give out Band-Aids and stickers as readily as book recommendations. I walk kids home when their moms are sick. I hold babies. Okay, so I will admit that in library school my dream was to buffer acidic paper, quietly in some basement, by myself. And therefore it would be a lie to say that my inner Gollum doesn’t rear its head sometimes: “preciouses, don’t touch my preciouses, my books!” But the benefits far outweigh the anxiety.

One way I have been able to engage students is by piquing their sense of justice through read-alouds, current events, and small-group discussions about books such as Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming and Kathleen Krull and Yuyi Morales’s Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez. Kids react to injustice because of their strong sense of what is fair, so many of the projects I do with students have a social justice aspect to them. What I find is that children become engaged and passionate when trying to remedy a situation they feel is unfair. I have some favorite picture books that I read aloud to spark conversation and reflection. These books allow us not just to look at an injustice singularly but also examine the greater social context that created it. Then we can look critically at ourselves and our practices and what changes we can effect — it’s a “think globally, act locally” model at work.

This has led to some validating civic experiences for my students; they have led the charge to effect tangible change. After first-grade students read about the environmentalist Green Belt Movement and its founder Wangari Maathai (Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson and Sonia Lynn Sadler), they met with a city councilor to talk about how their neighborhoods could be beautified to benefit not just the residents but also the Earth. They talked of planting flowers and picking up trash. These students went on to make posters and educate other students to be better recyclers in school and use fewer paper towels when washing their hands. Their actions and energy modified others’ actions for the better.

Fifth graders were dismayed when they learned the truth about Christopher Columbus and what his “discovery” meant for the indigenous people of Hispaniola and beyond. Our city’s vice mayor came into library class to educate them on how to build on their outrage: how to organize and grow a movement to achieve the change they’re looking for. And while these fifth graders have not (yet) been successful in changing the name of the holiday from “Columbus Day” to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in Cambridge, they learned a valuable lesson about committing yourself to and organizing others for a cause in which you believe.

Third- and fourth-grade students outside Cambridge City Hall. Photo: Liz Phipps Soeiro.

Third- and fourth-grade students outside Cambridge City Hall. Photo: Liz Phipps Soeiro.

After another group of fifth graders read excerpts from Discovering Black America: From the Age of Exploration to the Twenty-First Century by Linda Tarrant-Reid, we invited one of the founders of our city’s Black Lives Matter chapter to come into the library to answer questions, teach us what an ally can be, and empower our students to be proud of who they are. The children wrote poetry, came up with rallying cries, learned to support each other, and made plans about how they could speak to younger students about the racism and prejudice that continue to plague our city and the world. These students were also given a tour of City Hall by our vice mayor. While sitting in chambers, they were able to ask him about his personal experiences with racism and prejudice as a Dominican American child growing up in Cambridge.


The Little Free Library at Sennott Park. Photo: Liz Phipps Soeiro.

Third- and fourth-grade students tackled the issue of book access in our community by lobbying the city to fund and post a Little Free Library in nearby Sennott Park. The students very carefully chose this location. They looked at the surrounding apartments, schools, senior housing, and daycares and decided that this was the spot that would have an impact on the greatest number of people. The kids then wrote letters to the city council, mayor, and city manager. They worked directly with our city’s educational liaison and the Department of Public Works. Students even testified at City Hall, persuading city officials and others that the Little Free Library must open! Lo and behold, the library was installed, complete with a ribbon-cutting by our mayor, city councilors, school committee members, PTO members, school administration, teachers, students, and families — whew!

I wanted to continue to reach my school population during the summer break, so I reached out to families in our school and district, leading to a crowd-sourcing effort for a bicycle that would deliver books to kids over the summer months. Eventually, after partnering with several other city organizations, this became the “Book Bike,” a full-on summer program in Cambridge.The Cambridge Book Bike has delivered nearly three thousand new, free books over the course of two summers to kids from toddlers to teenagers, at parks serving free lunch in the city.

The collaboration among books, families, students, and library doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Each of these relationships affects the others in a cycle that can look something like: library to families, families to community, community to library, library to students, and students to community. When I read Jacqueline Woodson’s Each Kindness aloud in library class, a third-grade girl stood up in the middle of it and apologized for treating another girl in the class poorly, then they hugged with zero prompting. Our students have the ability to make positive impacts, small and large; all they need from us is a space in which they can do this.

From the May/June 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Collaborations. For more, click the tag Collaborations. Read the second-graders’ playground petition to the City here.

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Review of Ask Me How I Got Here Tue, 24 May 2016 15:00:30 +0000 heppermann_ask me how i got herestar2 Ask Me How I Got Here
by Christine Heppermann
High School    Greenwillow    229 pp.
5/16    978-0-06-238795-0    $17.99    g
e-book ed.  978-0-06-238797-4    $9.99

Catholic-school sophomore Addie loves running cross-country, writing poetry, and having sex with her thoughtful, artsy new boyfriend, Nick. Then Addie gets pregnant. Her decision to have an abortion is unwavering, and she has the support of Nick and her parents. Heppermann explores the aftermath of Addie’s decision with striking sensitivity and candor. Addie’s choice, although significant, is just one of many in her larger coming-of-age story: she quits the cross-country team, grows ambivalent toward Nick, and enters a romantically charged friendship with fellow runner Juliana. Addie narrates in forthright, occasionally cheeky free verse: from “What Choice Do I Have?”: “Fling myself out the window? / (The screen is jammed.) / Run off and join the Marines? / (I look bad in hats). / Hope the Earth explodes in the next ten seconds? / (One Mississippi, Two Mississippi… / Damn).” Her struggles, though, are real and never downplayed — and neither, thankfully, are they histrionic. In interspersed poems presented in a hand-lettered typeface, Addie muses on morality, religion, and sexuality (for instance, expressing strong feelings about how young women, whether they are sexually active or the Virgin Mary, are so readily “reduced to a womb”); her observations are thought-provoking, wry, and bitingly smart. With her vibrant voice and rich characterization, Addie easily outshines the “issues” in this remarkable verse novel.

From the May/June 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

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Happy 75th anniversary, Make Way for Ducklings! Mon, 23 May 2016 16:15:03 +0000 Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskeyRobert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings doesn’t fly off the shelves in most places, as far as I know. It wasn’t a huge part of my Albany, New York childhood. It isn’t a flashy book, a colorful book, a rhyming book, or — let’s face it — a conveniently short book.

Maybe most places don’t know Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, or Quack.

But here in Boston, things are different.

The 1942 Caldecott winner is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. That means that when I started working as a bookseller in 2010 (shout-out to Brookline Booksmith and its Pannell Award-winning kids’ section!), Make Way for Ducklings was already a very old book by kid standards. And yet, it was consistently at the top of sales in the kids’ department. We’re talking neck-and-neck with Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Visitors to Boston came in looking for it. Born-and-bred Bostonians bought it as a shower gift for new Boston babies and for out-of-towners. “If you remember one thing about the kids’ section,” I used to say during new employee tours, “it should be how to find Make Way for Ducklings.” Now, Boston even has a book and toy store named after, and largely focused on, the Mallard family and their adventures.

Make Way for Ducklings, by Nancy Schon

Make Way for Ducklings by Nancy Schon

This is a town that celebrates holidays by decorating the Public Garden’s duckling statues. (It’s also a town that sometimes lets off steam by stealing them…but they always find their way home.)

The book still isn’t flashy. It still isn’t colorful, it still doesn’t rhyme, and given today’s attention spans, it’s definitely still long. But none of those things hinder Bostonians’ devotion. Their enthusiasm is rewarded with plucky, astonishingly detailed ducks (apparently modeled after ducks in McCloskey’s bathtub) and a wealth of beloved Boston landmarks (Beacon Street! The Charles River! The swan boats in the Public Garden!). When they take the time for this book, they’re rewarded with a duck’s-eye view tour of their hometown, where sometimes — maybe when the T’s running smoothly and the Red Sox are on a winning streak — people are in the mood to stop, smell the flowers, and make way for ducklings.

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War and peace Mon, 23 May 2016 16:00:48 +0000 anderson_symphony for the city of the deadAnderson, M. T.  Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad
Middle school, high school
     424 pp.     Candlewick

This ambitious work encompasses the life of composer Shostakovich, the early political history of the U.S.S.R., and the nation’s suffering during WWII. Initially inspired by the Bolshevik Revolution, Shostakovich’s music changed during Stalin’s Reign of Terror. The centerpiece is his Leningrad Symphony, which offered both catharsis and hope. Extensive black-and-white photographs help define the wide (and somewhat unwieldy) range of subjects and settings. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Modern History; Composers; Shostakovich, Dmitri; Russia; History, Modern—World War II; Music; Stalin, Joseph; Soviet Union; Biographies

war_bodden_9-11 terror attacksBodden, Valerie  The 9/11 Terror Attacks
Middle school, high school
     80 pp.     Creative Education

Bodden, Valerie  The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Middle school, high school
     80 pp.     Creative Education

Bodden, Valerie  The Holocaust
Middle school, high school
     80 pp.     Creative Education

Odysseys in History series. This competent series examines major events in world history with a focus on context and aftermath. Bodden deftly zooms in and out on the relevant historical and cultural details surrounding each event, creating a clear and extremely accessible account of complex topics. Well-chosen photographs, sidebars, and pull quotes complement the even-handed prose. Glossy, attractive page design adds further appeal. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Modern History; September 11 terrorist attacks, 2001; Terrorism; History, American; Atomic bomb; Bombings; History, Modern—World War II; Hiroshima (Japan); Nagasaki (Japan); History, Modern—Holocaust; Nazism

war_humphreys_child soldierHumphreys, Jessica Dee and Michel Chikwanine  Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War
Gr. 4–6, middle school
     48 pp.     Kids Can

Illustrated by Claudia Dávila. This sophisticated graphic memoir is an important and accessible testimony by Chikwanine, who at age five was kidnapped by rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced to be a child solider. The panels ably contrast Michel’s happy early years, his horrific captivity, his escape, and the future time when his family members become political refugees. Excellent back matter includes action ideas. Websites.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Child soldiers; Graphic novels; Cartoons and comics; Autobiographies; Soldiers; Congo (Democratic Republic); War; Kidnapping; Canada; Refugees

war_kerley_brave like meKerley, Barbara  Brave like Me
Gr. K–3
     48 pp.     National Geographic

This expansively designed book tells the stories of parents deployed in the armed forces — and of the worries and coping strategies of the children left behind. Told in a child’s voice, the text is comforting; photographs of children Skyping with their absent parent, sending pictures and letters, and doing their part around the house reinforce that life goes on. The final reunion scenes are uplifting.
Subjects: War; Soldiers; Family—Parent and child; Modern History

war_skrypuch_last airliftSkrypuch, Marsha Forchuk  Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War
Gr. 4–6     110 pp.     Pajama Press

In 1975 Saigon, missionaries evacuated vulnerable disabled orphans who would be killed; Tuyet, eight, lame from polio, helps get over fifty tiny orphans flown to Canada, where she shows new caregivers how to comfort them. Skrypuch’s third-person re-creation of these transitional months makes vivid the uncertainties of confronting a new language, climate, and family. Illustrated with photos. Reading list, websites. Ind.
Subjects: Modern History; Disabilities, Physical; Vehicles—Airplanes; Canada; Orphans; History, Modern—Vietnam War; Vietnam; Diseases—Polio; Immigration; Missionaries

From the May 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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Books mentioned in the May 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book Mon, 23 May 2016 16:00:44 +0000 Art appreciation

Benson, Kathleen  Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews
Illustrated by Benny Andrews
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Clarion     2015
Trade ISBN 978-0-544-10487-7

Brooks, Susie  Get into Art Telling Stories
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Kingfisher/Macmillan     2015
Trade ISBN 978-0-7534-7183-8

Handler, Daniel  Girls Standing on Lawns
Illustrated by Maira Kalman
Middle school, high school     64 pp.     MoMA     2014
Trade ISBN 978-0-87070-908-1

Heine, Florian  Impressionism: 13 Artists Children Should Know
Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Prestel     2015
Trade ISBN 978-3-7913-7206-8

Kügler, Tina and Carson Kügler  In Mary’s Garden
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Houghton     2015
Trade ISBN 978-0-544-27220-0



Bass, Hester  Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama
Illustrated by E. B. Lewis
Gr. K–3      32 pp.     Candlewick     2015
Trade ISBN 978-0-7636-6919-5

Bausum, Ann  Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights
Middle school, high school     120 pp.     Viking      2015
Trade ISBN 978-0-670-01679-2

Brimner, Larry Dane  Strike!: The Farm Workers’ Fight for Their Rights
Middle school, high school     172 pp.     Boyds/Calkins      2014
Trade ISBN 978-1-59078-997-1

Tonatiuh, Duncan  Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation
Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Abrams     2014
Trade ISBN 978-1-4197-1054-4

Yousafzai, Malala  I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)
With Patricia McCormick
Gr. 4–6     230 pp.     Little, Brown     2014
Trade ISBN 978-0-316-32793-0


Inventions and inventors

Essential Library of Inventions series

Bailey, Diane  How the Light Bulb Changed History
Middle school, high school    
112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library     2015
Library binding ISBN 978-1-62403-784-9

Bjornlund, Lydia  How the Refrigerator Changed History
Middle school, high school    
112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library     2015
Library binding ISBN 978-1-62403-786-3

Hand, Carol  How the Internet Changed History
Middle school, high school    
112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library     2015
Library binding ISBN 978-1-62403-783-2

Perdew, Laura  How the Toilet Changed History
Middle school, high school    
112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library     2015
Library binding ISBN 978-1-62403-787-0

Yomtov, Nel  How the Printing Press Changed History
Middle school, high school    
112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library     2015
Library binding ISBN 978-1-62403-785-6

Higgins, Nadia  The World’s Oddest Inventions [Edge Books: Library of Weird series]
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Capstone     2015
Library binding ISBN 978-1-4914-2016-4
Ebook ISBN 978-1-4914-2187-1

Kespert, Deborah  Genius!: The Most Astonishing Inventions of All Time
Gr. 4–6
      96 pp.      Thames     2015
Trade ISBN 978-0-500-65043-1

Kraft, Betsy Harvey  The Fantastic Ferris Wheel: The Story of Inventor George Ferris
Illustrated by Steven Salerno
Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Holt/Ottaviano      2015
Trade ISBN 978-1-62779-072-7

McCarthy, Meghan  Earmuffs for Everyone!: How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs
Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Simon/Wiseman     2015
Trade ISBN 978-1-4814-0637-6
Ebook ISBN 978-1-4814-0638-3


Wildlife rescue

Antle, Bhagavan and Thea Feldman  The Tiger Cubs & the Chimp: The True Story of How Anjana the Chimp Helped Raise Two Baby Tigers
Photographs by Barry Bland
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Holt     2013
Trade ISBN 978-0-8050-9319-3

Blewett, Ashlee Brown  Hoot, Hoot, Hooray!: And More True Stories of Amazing Animal Rescues [National Geographic Kids Chapters series]
Gr. K–3     111 pp.      National Geographic     2015
Library binding ISBN 978-1-4263-2055-2
Paperback ISBN 978-1-4263-2054-5

Eszterhas, Suzi  Koala Hospital [Wildlife Rescue series]
Gr. 4–6     44 pp.     Owlkids     2015
Trade ISBN 978-1-77147-140-4

Markle, Sandra  The Great Monkey Rescue: Saving the Golden Lion Tamarins
Gr. 4–6     40 pp.     Millbrook     2015
Library binding ISBN 978-1-4677-8030-8
Ebook ISBN 978-1-4677-8850-2

Watson, Cindy  Unloved and Endangered Animals: What You Can Do [Green Issues in Focus series]
Middle school, high school     128 pp.      Enslow     2010
Library binding ISBN 978-0-7660-3345-0


War and peace

Anderson, M. T.  Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad
Middle school, high school
     424 pp.     Candlewick     2015
Trade ISBN 978-0-7636-6818-1

Odysseys in History series

Bodden, Valerie  The 9/11 Terror Attacks
Middle school, high school
     80 pp.     Creative Education     2015
Library binding ISBN 978-1-60818-529-0
Paperback ISBN 978-1-62832-130-2

Bodden, Valerie  The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Middle school, high school
     80 pp.     Creative Education     2015
Library binding ISBN 978-1-60818-525-2
Paperback ISBN 978-1-62832-126-5

Bodden, Valerie  The Holocaust
Middle school, high school
     80 pp.     Creative Education     2015
Library binding ISBN 978-1-60818-527-6
Paperback ISBN 978-1-62832-128-9

Humphreys, Jessica Dee and Michel Chikwanine  Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War
Illustrated by Claudia Dávila
Gr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.     Kids Can     2015
Trade ISBN 978-1-77138-126-0

Kerley, Barbara  Brave like Me
Gr. K–3
     48 pp.     National Geographic     2016
Trade ISBN 978-1-4263-2360-7
Library binding ISBN 978-1-4263-2361-4

Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk  Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War
Gr. 4–6     110 pp.     Pajama Press     2012
Trade ISBN 978-0-9869495-4-8

These titles were featured in the May 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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