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The birds and the bees…and the arachnids and more!

Four entertaining nonfiction picture books provide young readers with solid scientific information about the birds and the bees — and other insects and arachnids, too! — in friendly, accessible formats. In Eileen Christelow’s humorous, informative Robins!: How They Grow Up, two young robins reminisce about the events of their (very recent) youth. The details covered […]

Reviews of the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award Winner and Honor Books

Nonfiction Winner Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman High School    Holt    451 pp. 4/17    978-0-8050-9339-1    $19.99    g e-book ed.  978-1-2501-0969-9    $9.99 Heiligman (Charles and Emma, rev. 1/09) again examines the impact of a family member on her main subject, this time unpacking the friendship between […]

Review of Magnets Push, Magnets Pull

Magnets Push, Magnets Pull by David A. Adler; illus. by Anna Raff Primary    Holiday    32 pp. 3/17    978-0-8234-3669-9    $17.95 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-3805-1    $17.95 Adler’s excellent explanations of physical science for young children (Things That Float and Things That Don’t, rev. 11/13; Simple Machines) continue with this exploration of magnets and […]

Review of Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko

Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko poems by Misuzu Kaneko; narrative by David Jacobson; illus. by Toshikado Hajiri; trans. from the Japanese by Sally Ito and Michiko Tsuboi Primary, Intermediate, Middle School    Chin Music Press    64 pp. 9/16    978-1-634905-962-6    $19.50 Part biography, part poetry collection, this book introduces Japanese children’s poet […]

Review of Give Bees a Chance

Give Bees a Chance by Bethany Barton; illus. by the author Primary    Viking    40 pp.    g 4/17    978-0-670-01694-5    $16.99 The main character of this book — a cartoon boy named Edgar, eyes opened wide in amusingly fearful and skeptical facial expressions — definitely doesn’t like bees. This gives the (offstage) […]

Pride Month 2017

Bausum, Ann  Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights Middle school, high school     120 pp.     Viking    2016 Bausum begins with a detailed, nuanced exposition of the June 1969 Stonewall riots as a galvanizing moment for the gay rights movement, then traces the movement’s evolution (in a somewhat more cursory way) for the second […]

Books mentioned in the May 2017 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Labor Brown, Monica  Side by Side / Lado a lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and César Chavéz / La historia de Dolores Huerta y César Chávez Illustrated by Joe Cepeda; translated by Carolina Valencia Gr. K–3     32 pp.      HarperCollins/Rayo      2010 Trade ISBN 978-0-06-122781-3 Farrell, Mary Cronk  Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman’s Courage in the […]

Wonderful world of math

AdBåge, Emma  Outdoor Math: Fun Activities for Every Season Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Kids Can In this Swedish import, two dozen or so simple activities, organized seasonally, are designed to reinforce basic mathematical concepts (counting, shapes, etc.); unpretentious vignettes feature children happily engaged in the tasks at hand. Many of the activities are somewhat pedestrian […]

Memorial Day 2017

Collier, Peter  Choosing Courage: Inspiring Stories of What It Means to Be a Hero Middle school, high school     226 pp.     Artisan Ranging from World War II through the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, this book offers compelling stories of selected Medal of Honor recipients who performed heroic acts in battle; vignettes of civilians awarded the […]

Labor

Brown, Monica  Side by Side / Lado a lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and César Chavéz / La historia de Dolores Huerta y César Chávez Gr. K–3     32 pp.      HarperCollins/Rayo Illustrated by Joe Cepeda. Translated by Carolina Valencia. Brown makes a significant contribution to the increasing number of books about César Chávez by focusing […]