Food and cooking

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Brash, Lorna Professor Cook’s Dynamite Dinners Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Enslow Brash, Lorna Professor Cook’s Fruity Desserts Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Enslow Brash, Lorna Professor Cook’s Mind-Blowing Baking Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Enslow Brash, Lorna Professor Cook’s Smashing Snacks Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Enslow Professor Cook’s… series. Kid-friendly recipes are presented with underlying food facts […]

Space and space exploration

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Aguilar, David A. Space Encyclopedia: A Tour of Our Solar System and Beyond Gr. 4–6, middle school     192 pp.     National Geographic Images of space — photographs, artistic renderings, and computer-generated composites — dominate this survey of astronomy and planetary science. On a series of double-page spreads with dramatic black backgrounds, images and diagrams plus thoughtful […]

Medicine and diseases

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Hand, Carol Epidemiology: The Fight Against Ebola & Other Diseases Middle school, high school     112 pp.   ABDO/Essential Library Lokere, Jillian Genetics: Unlocking the Secrets of Life Middle school, high school     112 pp.   ABDO/Essential Library Roberts, Russell Medicine: A Matter of Life and Death Middle school, high school     112 pp.   ABDO/Essential Library History of Science series. […]

Natural history

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Africa Middle school, high school     64 pp.     Brown Bear Australia and Southeast Asia Middle school, high school     64 pp.     Brown Bear Europe Middle school, high school     64 pp.     Brown Bear North and South America Middle school, high school     64 pp.     Brown Bear South and Central Asia Middle school, high school     64 pp.     Brown Bear Facts […]

World religions

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Bullard, Lisa My Religion, Your Religion Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Millbrook Illustrated by Holli Conger. Cloverleaf Books: Alike and Different series. After attending his neighbor’s bat mitzvah, David, who’s Christian, is interested in learning about other religions. Friend Sophia’s family isn’t religious, but she likes helping others. Fahmi’s Muslim family has its own special celebrations. […]

Review of Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and 
Defender of His People

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Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and 
Defender of His People by S. D. Nelson; illus. by the author Intermediate   Abrams   56 pp. 11/15   978-1-4197-0731-5   $19.95 e-book ed. 978-1-61312-855-8   $15.54 This handsome biography combines the story of Sitting Bull’s life with a brief history of the Lakota people in the nineteenth century. Sitting Bull (who belonged to […]

Review of Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass

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Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass 
[Scientists in the Field] by Mary Kay Carson; 
photos by Tom Uhlman Middle School   Houghton   80 pp. 10/15   978-0-544-41664-2   $18.99 Carson takes readers into Biosphere 2, the research facility designed to be a self-sustaining model of Earth’s environments. There’s brief coverage of the innovative engineering and original mission of […]

Review of The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore

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The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s 
Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; illus. by R. Gregory Christie Primary, Intermediate   Carolrhoda   32 pp. 11/15   978-0-7613-3943-4   $17.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4677-4618-2   $17.99 If the central character of Nelson’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Award-winning No Crystal Stair (rev. 3/12) was the author’s great-uncle, Lewis Michaux, this picture book adaptation […]

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson on The Book Itch

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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 […]