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Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book is a quarterly supplement to our monthly e-newsletter Notes from the Horn Book. Nonfiction Notes provides recommendations of recently published nonfiction books, by topic, across grade levels, ability levels, and all areas of interest. All reviews are from The Horn Book Guide and The Horn Book Guide Online. Each issue will also include an introductory article by an expert in the field.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative will help guide our selections. More importantly, though, good books are good books — and we’re highlighting the best of the best for use in school, libraries, or at home.
Some introductory resources are below. We will update this site regularly with links and blog posts. Send questions, comments, or feedback to: email@example.com. Sign up here. And enjoy Nonfiction Notes!
“Nonfiction: What’s Really New and Different — and What Isn’t” by Barbara Bader (November/December 2011 issue of The Horn Book Magazine)
“What Common Core Means for Publishers” by Karen Springen (July 16th, 2012 issue of Publishers Weekly)
On Common Core — Getting Real by Marc Aronson and Sue Bartle (October 2012 School Library Journal webcast)
“What Teachers Need to Know About the ‘New’ Nonfiction” by Sharon Ruth Gill at Reading Rockets
• Remembering the Holocaust
• Habitats and wildlife
• Farm life, husbandry, and gardening
• Life skills and wellness
• “Science and the Common Core”
• Earth science
• Animal behavior
• Health and the human body
• Machines and technology
• Books for Presidents’ Day
• The Civil War
• Discovering ancient and medieval history
• Snow day activities
• “Common Ground”
• Government, politics, and leaders
• The Civil Rights movement
• World cultures
• Pollution and conservation
• Experiments and science projects
• Dinosaurs and prehistoric life
• Language arts
• The arts
• After-school fun