Discovering Ancient and Medieval History

Genius of Islam by Bryn Barnard

Barnard, Bryn The Genius of Islam: How Muslims Made the Modern World Gr. 4–6   40 pp. Knopf (Random House Children’s Books) 2011 This volume surveys, via text and informative original paintings, the many technological and scientific advances made, refined, or dispersed during the “Islamic Golden Age.” The seventh through twelfth centuries saw progress in medicine, […]

The Civil War

Causes of the War, 1800-1861 by Tim Cooke

Cooke, Tim Causes of the War: 1800–1861 Middle school 48 pp. Smart Apple 2012 Cooke, Tim The Confederacy Advances: 1861–1862 Middle school   48 pp. Smart Apple 2012 Cooke, Tim Home Front: 1861–1865 Middle school   48 pp. Smart Apple 2012 Cooke, Tim Politics of the War: 1861–1865 Middle school   48 pp. Smart Apple 2012 Cooke, Tim […]

Machines and Technology

Television by John Grabowski

Grabowski, John Television High school   112 pp. Lucent 2011 Hillstrom, Laurie Collier Global Positioning Systems High school   96 pp. Lucent 2011 Kallen, Stuart A. iPod and MP3 Players High school   104 pp. Lucent 2010 Technology 360 series. After brief histories behind their title technologies, these books provide thoughtful discussions of the appeal, markets, risks, and social implications of […]

Books for Presidents’ Day

Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman

Kalman, Maira Looking at Lincoln Gr. K–3   40 pp. Penguin/Paulsen (Penguin Young Readers Group) 2012 A girl passes a Lincoln look-alike and wonders about our sixteenth president. Through a natural structure that follows the narrator’s thought processes, the narrative lists some basic facts; childlike musings, printed in a more casual font, personalize the account. A gloomy […]

Health and the Human Body

Cool Exercise by Colleen Dolphin

Dolphin, Colleen Cool Exercise: Healthy & Fun Ways to Get Your Body Moving Gr. K–3  32 pp. ABDO 2012 Kuskowski, Alex Cool Body Basics: Healthy & Fun Ways to Care for Your Body Gr. K–3  32 pp. ABDO 2012 Kuskowski, Alex Cool Eating: Healthy & Fun Ways to Eat Right Gr. K–3  32 pp. ABDO […]

Earth Science

Inside Weather by Mary Kay Carson

Bodden, Valerie Clouds Gr. K–3   24 pp. Creative Education 2012 Bodden, Valerie Hurricanes Gr. K–3   24 pp. Creative Education 2012 Bodden, Valerie Snow Gr. K–3   24 pp. Creative Education 2012 Bodden, Valerie Thunderstorms Gr. K–3   24 pp. Creative Education 2012 Our Wonderful Weather series. Simple, straightforward text combines with color photographs to introduce weather. Beginning with a clear definition, […]

Animal Behavior

Cool Animal Names 238 x 300

Cusick, Dawn Cool Animal Names: Porcupinefish, Zebra Eels, Leopard Geckos, Owl Monkeys, Giraffe Beettles, & 251 Other Bizarre Creatures Gr. 4–6   80 pp. Charlesbridge/Imagine 2011 Cusick introduces over two hundred fifty animals with unusual names; they’re grouped according to nomenclature rather than species (for example, readers will find leopard frogs with leopard sharks and leopard […]

Introducing Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

NonfictionNotesLogo5_550x143

This afternoon, the inaugural issue of our new quarterly e-newsletter Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book went out to subscribers of our long-running monthly newsletter Notes from the Horn Book. Each issue will offer Horn Book Guide reviews of recommended informational books, grouped by subject, that we believe will be useful for schools adhering to […]

NF Notes: Letter from the Editor

Roger Sutton

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book, a quarterly supplement to our monthly e-newsletter Notes from the Horn Book. Each issue of Nonfiction Notes will contain brief reviews, taken from the Horn Book Guide, of new and recent informational books we think would be especially good for schools looking to […]

Books mentioned in the October 2012 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Government, Politics, and Leaders Brezina, Corona America‘s Recession: The Effects of Economic Downturn [Headlines! series] High school   64 pp.   Rosen   2011 Library binding ISBN 978-1-4488-1296-7 Systems of Government series Connolly, Sean Communism Middle school   48 pp.   Smart Apple   2012 Library binding ISBN 978-1-59920-802-2 Connolly, Sean Democracy Middle school   48 pp.   Smart Apple   2012 […]