Math concepts

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Boswell, Kelly Diagrams, Diagrams, Diagrams! Gr. K–3   32 pp. Capstone Boswell, Kelly Timelines, Timelines, Timelines! Gr. K–3  32 pp. Capstone Displaying Information series. Bold color photographs and easy-to-understand texts explain how diagrams and timelines are used to impart information. The books cover the different types of and uses for these visual tools, from charting classmates’ […]

Migration

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Cohn, Scotti On the Move: Mass Migrations Gr. K –3   32 pp. Sylvan Dell Illustrated by Susan Detwiler. The text examines the instinctual nature of some types of animals (such as caribou, salamanders, and horseshoe crabs) to move in large groups for reasons related to survival, including reproduction, food and water, and shelter. Brightly painted […]

Earth Day

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Barraclough, Sue Be an Eco Hero at Home Gr. K–3   24 pp. Sea to Sea Barraclough, Sue Be an Eco Hero at School Gr. K–3   24 pp. Sea to Sea Barraclough, Sue Be an Eco Hero on the Move Gr. K–3   24 pp. Sea to Sea Barraclough, Sue Be an Eco Hero Outdoors Gr. K–3 […]

Women’s History

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Corey, Shana Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure Gr. K–3    40 pp. Scholastic Illustrated by Hadley Hooper. Corey highlights how Juliette Gordon Low’s go-getter attitude led to her founding of the Girl Scouts one hundred years ago. Appropriately retro illustrations, saturated with the […]

Poetry

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Hopkins, Lee Bennett, Selector All the World’s a Stage Gr. 4–6   40 pp. Creative Editions Illustrated by Guy Billout. Using Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man” monologue from As You Like It as his armature, Hopkins has chosen two or three poems for each life stage. The poignant, funny, or thought-provoking poems stem from a range […]

Books mentioned in the March 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Women’s History Corey, Shana Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure Illustrated by Hadley Hooper Gr. K–3     40 pp.    Scholastic    2012 Trade ISBN 978-0-545-34278-0 McCann, Michelle Roehm and Welden, Amelie Girls Who Rocked the World: Heroines from Joan of Arc to Mother Teresa High school    248 pp.    Simon/Aladdin    2012 […]

Review of Pure Grit

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Pure Grit: How American World War II 
Nurses Survived Battle and 
Prison Camp in the Pacific by Mary Cronk Farrell Middle School, High School    Abrams    160 pp. 2/14    978-1-4197-1028-5    $24.95 There are many books written about young people enlisting in the military, being unprepared for the horrors of battle or tortures of capture, serving bravely, […]

Actual Size

Actual Size

We are reading four information books for our next class, all picture books but for various ages. Steve Jenkins’s Actual Size could be read with very young children or with older ones depending on how you choose to  share it. There is basic information in large type and details for older children in smaller type. The […]

Me…Jane

Me...Jane

As picture book biographies go, this is one of the more irreverent ones. What did you make of it? What about the visual mix: McDonnell’s cartoon-style art, vintage stamps, Goodall’s childhood drawings, and photos? The year this was published, we had lots of discussion pro and con about the final photograph and the book’s editor […]

Look Up!

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Here’s an information book created by an enthusiast rather than an expert. Cate doesn’t claim to know everything about birds, but she does hope that her enthusiasm is catching. In fact, she uses every last bit of space in this book, endpaper to endpaper, to give advice in a lighthearted and nonthreatening way. What do […]