NF Notes: From the editor, June 2013

Roger Sutton

In this and every issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book, our aim is to give brief notice to good informational books that we think teachers and librarians will find useful in developing and enriching lesson plans across the curriculum. Are these books “Common Core Ready,” the latest buzz-phrase resounding from publishers’ promotional materials? […]

Books mentioned in the June 2013 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Social issues Exploring Tough Issues series Brownlie, Ali  Why Do People Abuse Human Rights? Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Raintree      2004 Library binding ISBN 0-7398-6684-2 Senker, Cath  Why Are People Refugees? Gr. 4–6      48 pp.     Raintree      2004 Library binding ISBN 0-7398-6685-0 Woolf, Alex  Why Are People Terrorists? Gr. 4–6      48 pp.     Raintree      2004 Library binding ISBN […]

Sports and recreation

The Greatest Moments in Sports: Upsets and Underdogs by Len Berman

Berman, Len  The Greatest Moments in Sports: Upsets and Underdogs Gr. 4–6  124 pp.  Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky From an autistic high school basketball player setting a school record for three-pointers to the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team’s “miracle on ice,” this collection of true stories focuses on unlikely heroes in the sports arena. Play-by-play media reports, action […]

Oceanography and marine life

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Bang, Molly and Chisholm, Penny  Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas Gr. K–3  48 pp.  Scholastic/Blue Sky (Scholastic Trade Division) This fresh perspective on food chains focuses on the critical and voluminous ocean-based plant life—plankton—and the transfer of energy and nutrients from the sun to these microscopic plants to ocean animals and back. […]

Poetry

Dare to Dream...Change the World by Jill Corcoran

Corcoran, Jill  Dare to Dream…Change the World Gr. 4–6  40 pp.  Kane/Miller Illustrated by J. Beth Jepson. Thirty well-known poets celebrate people from all walks of life who have changed the world; honorees include Jonas Salk, Georgia O’Keeffe, and even the YouTube creators. Each is spotlighted on a double-page spread with two poems and a […]

Myths and legends

African Mythology Rocks by Linda Jacobs Altman

Altman, Linda Jacobs  African Mythology Rocks! Gr. 4–6  112 pp.  Enslow Bernard, Catherine Celtic Mythology Rocks! Gr. 4–6  104 pp.  Enslow Collier, Irene Dea  Chinese Mythology Rocks! Gr. 4–6  128 pp.  Enslow Houle, Michelle M.  Gods and Goddesses in Greek Mythology Rock! Gr. 4–6  128 pp.  Enslow Schuman, Michael A.  Maya and Aztec Mythology Rocks! […]

Social issues

Why Do People Abuse Human Rights by Ali Brownlie

Brownlie, Ali  Why Do People Abuse Human Rights? Gr. 4–6  48 pp.  Raintree Senker, Cath  Why Are People Refugees? Gr. 4–6  48 pp.  Raintree Woolf, Alex  Why Are People Terrorists? Gr. 4–6  48 pp.  Raintree Woolf, Alex  Why Do People Commit Crime? Gr. 4–6  48 pp.  Raintree Exploring Tough Issues series. These well-organized books examine […]