Civil rights

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Aretha, David Brown v. Board of Education Middle school, high school   128 pp. Morgan Aretha, David Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington Middle school, high school   128 pp. Morgan Civil Rights Movement series. Black-and-white archival photographs, boxed quotes, and excerpts from notable speeches enhance this series documenting pivotal laws and incidents […]

U.S. presidents

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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 New ed., 2009. This updated volume offers balanced chronological summaries of the forty-four U.S. presidents’ terms, along with fact boxes, quotations, and official portraits. Interspersed are occasional double-page spreads about […]

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 […]


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Bailey, Diane The Future of Space Exploration Gr. 4–6   48 pp. Creative Education What’s Next? series. Acknowledging the challenges, this book begins by considering the possibility of living on Mars. What follows is a straightforward presentation of the successes and obstacles of space exploration from the invention of the telescope to the International Space Station and […]

Endangered species

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Arnold, Caroline A Warmer World: From Polar Bears to Butterflies, How Climate Change Affects Wildlife Gr. 4–6   32 pp. Charlesbridge Illustrated by Jamie Hogan. Arnold explains the effects of climate change on animals and other life. Most, like marmots and coral, are threatened or have even gone extinct, while a few (e.g., Arctic foxes) have […]

Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan on The Mad Potter

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In the January/February 2014 Horn Book Magazine, editor Martha Parravano asked Mad Potter authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan about choosing their unusual subject. Read the review here. Martha V. Parravano: How did you discover this fairly unknown subject? Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan: During the New Orleans ALA we headed over to Biloxi to […]

Review of The Mad Potter

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The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan Intermediate, Middle School    Porter/Roaring Brook    56 pp. 10/13    978-1-59643-810-1    $17.99 “Eccentric” is an apt word for Ohr, a Mississippi blacksmith’s son (1857–1918) who reinvented himself as a potter: though he began his distinctive works on a potter’s wheel, he then reshaped […]

Exotic creatures

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Crump, Marty The Mystery of Darwin’s Frog Gr. 4–6   40 pp. Boyds Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. Told in an accessible first-person narrative by the behavioral ecologist author, this book describes the Darwin’s frog, an unusual species in which the male broods tadpoles in his vocal sac until they emerge as froglets. The science is solid, […]


learn to speak fashion

deCarufel, Laura Learn to Speak Fashion: A Guide to Creating, Showcasing, and Promoting Your Style Middle school, high school   96 pp. Owlkids Illustrated by Jeff Kulak. This enthusiastic and informative introduction will be of interest to any reader intrigued by fashion design. Handsomely illustrated chapters cover a wide range of topics, including how to find […]


unofficial narnia cookbook

Bucholz, Dinah The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook: From Turkish Delight to Gooseberry Fool — Over 150 Recipes Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia Gr. 4–6   231 pp. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky Inspired by the bountiful references and descriptions of food and eating in C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, recipes range from simple toast to fried trout. Grouped by […]