Vaunda Micheaux Nelson on The Book Itch

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

In our November/December issue, our editors asked Vaunda Micheaux Nelson about revisiting the source material of her BGHB Award–winning No Crystal Stair in new picture book The Book Itch. Read the full review of The Book Itch here. Horn Book Editors: What compelled you to revisit the material from No Crystal Stair to create your […]

Family ties

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Families come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and configurations. The following nonfiction picture books present examples of this variety, with the common element being love. In My Family Tree and Me, Dušan Petričić creates an innovative introduction to the ordinary miracle of genealogy. Reading the book from front to middle, we meet the paternal line […]

Doctor, doctor, give me the news

Portrait of Vivien Thomas by Bob Gee

After reading Jim Murphy’s Breakthrough! How Three People Saved “Blue Babies” and Changed Medicine Forever, our current nonfiction review of the week, I mentioned it to my cousin Dr. Anne Murphy, a pediatric cardiologist at Johns Hopkins. It turns out she knew two of those three, which is both pretty neat and means that, yes, […]

Review of Breakthrough!


 Breakthrough!: How Three People Saved “Blue Babies” and Changed Medicine Forever by Jim Murphy Intermediate, Middle School   Clarion   128 pp. 12/15   978-0-547-82183-2   $18.99   g Murphy (An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793, rev. 7/03; Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure, rev. 7/12) here […]

Don Brown on Drowned City

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In our September/October issue, reviewer Betty Carter asked Don Brown, author/illustrator of nonfiction graphic novel Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans, about what we can learn from the events of Hurricane Katrina. Read the full starred review of Drowned City here. Betty Carter: So many of your books cover a pivotal moment in American […]

Review of Drowned City

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Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans by Don Brown; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School   Houghton   96 pp. 8/15   978-0-544-15777-4   $18.99 To date, the majority of children’s and young adult books about Hurricane Katrina are microcosmic stories or accounts of a single person or family. Here, in powerful comic-book format, Brown delivers the […]

Books mentioned in the October 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Research and information science Bailer, Darice  Will and Wendy Build a Website with Digital Tools [Writing Builders series] Illustrated by Sean O’Neill Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Norwood     2013 Library binding ISBN 978-1-59953-584-5 Paperback ISBN 978-1-60357-558-4 Info Wise series Bodden, Valerie  Analyze and Define the Assignment Middle school, high school     40 pp.     Lerner     2015 Library binding […]

Ancient and medieval history


Bergin, Mark  Castle Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Book House McCall, Henrietta  Mummies Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Book House McCall, Henrietta  Pyramid Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Book House Time Shift series. These books provide information relating to structures and customs of ancient and medieval times. Colorful illustrations use split pages to capture scene changes, while the […]

Pop culture

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Anderson, Jennifer Joline  Miley Cyrus: Pop Princess Middle school, high school     112 pp.    ABDO/Essential Library Burling, Alexis  Pharrell Williams: Grammy-Winning Singer, Songwriter & Producer Middle school, high school     112 pp.   ABDO/Essential Library Lusted, Marcia Amidon  Blake Shelton: Country Singer & TV Personality Middle school, high school     112 pp.   ABDO/Essential Library Contemporary Lives series. Generously illustrated […]


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Apelqvist, Eva  Getting Ready to Drive: A How-To Guide Middle school, high school     128 pp.     Enslow Life: A How-To Guide series. Apelqvist provides a concise yet thorough overview of the considerations made when preparing to drive. Chapters touch on large issues (e.g., rules of the road) along with smaller sub-topics, from learning disabilities to how […]