Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Erin go bragh! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with nonfiction about Ireland and its history, fiction starring Irish and Irish American protagonists, and a little bit of pure blarney, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine.   Picture books In Eve Bunting’s Ballywhinney Girl, Maeve’s grandpa unearths a mummy — common in Ireland, where (a note […]

Books for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2014

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In Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls, Lia, an anorexic and cutter, learns that her estranged friend Cassie was found dead in a motel room — after leaving Lia thirty-three messages. Cassie’s death tips the already fragile Lia into a vortex of self-destruction. Anderson conveys Lia’s illness vividly through her dark, fantastic thoughts. This stream-of-consciousness, first-person, present-tense […]

Happy birthday, Charles Darwin!

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Charles Robert Darwin was born on this day in 1809. Below you’ll find a range of nonfiction titles on Darwin’s life, his theories of evolution, and his contributions to science, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine. Primary In Charlie and Kiwi: An Evolutionary Adventure, Eileen Campbell’s age-appropriate, scientifically on-target discussion of evolution, Charlie and […]

Beatlemania! A Beatles booklist

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Yesterday, February 9th, marked the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles’ famous Ed Sullivan Show performance — their first U.S. appearance and the beginning of the British Invasion. Here, from us to you, is a list of Beatle-centric books recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide. Primary In The Beatles Were Fab […]

Olympics booklist

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The opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are happening as I type! Here are some of our favorite Olympics-centric titles — covering winter and summer sports; fiction and nonfiction; biographies of Olympic athletes and stories of would-be Olympic animals — all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book […]

Black History Month booklist

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The books recommended below were reviewed by The Horn Book Magazine. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion. For more on multiculturalism, visit our Talking About Race page and read the Horn Book’s reviews of the 2014 Coretta Scott King Award winners. Picture books Suggested grade level for each entry: […]

Happy Year of the Horse!

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The celebration of Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, begins today! Eat some dumplings and share one of these books for young readers, recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide, which feature the holiday. (And go celebrate with author/illustrator Grace Lin at the Carle Museum tomorrow!) Picture books […]

RIP, Pete Seeger

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Great singer-songwriter/activist Pete Seeger died on Monday at the age of ninety-four. Here are a few picture book versions of his folk songs, reviewed in The Horn Book Guide. In Turn! Turn! Turn!: Words from Ecclesiastes, Wendy Anderson Halperin illustrates Seeger’s Ecclesiastes-inspired folk song with delicate watercolor and pencil art depicting nature, feelings, folk causes, […]

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

U.S. Presidents Bausum, Ann Our Country’s Presidents: All You Need to Know About the Presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama Gr. 4–6     224 pp.     National Geographic     2013 [New ed. 2009] Trade ISBN 978-1-4263-1089-8 Bolden, Tonya Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty Middle school, high school     120 pp.     Abrams     2013 Trade ISBN 978-1-4197-0390-4 […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Day reading

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides an opportunity to reflect not only on the life of the great civil rights leader, but also on how far we’ve come — and how far we still have to go. Below are some recommended books about Dr. King’s legacy to share and discuss. What are your favorite books […]