Presidents and their families

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Gherman, Beverly First Mothers Gr. K–3     64 pp.    Clarion Illustrated by Julie Downing. This book provides a fascinating perspective on U.S. presidents by focusing on the personalities and influences of their mothers. Each mom has her own section, descriptive epithet (e.g., Barbara Pierce Bush, “The Outspoken Mother”), amusing anecdote, and cartoonlike portrait; sidebars in varying […]

Read like the Obamas

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Over the weekend, the Obamas did some shopping at the DC indie bookstore Politics and Prose to support Small Business Saturday. Here’s what they bought. And here’s what The Horn Book thought of their selections when they were originally published. Reviews are from The Horn Book Guide Online and The Horn Book Magazine. Cronin, Doreen […]

Review of He Has Shot the President!

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He Has Shot the President!: April 14, 1865: The Day John 
Wilkes Booth Killed President 
Lincoln [Actual Times] by Don Brown; illus. by the author Intermediate    Roaring Brook    64 pp. 4/14    978-1-59643-224-6    $17.99    g This fifth entry in Brown’s Actual Times series (including All Stations Distress, rev. 9/08) begins on April 14, 1865, the day […]

Books for Presidents’ Day

Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman

Recommended reading for Presidents’ Day. From the January 2013 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

Disney American Presidents app review

Disney American Presidents

The cleverly designed Disney American Presidents app (Disney Learning, October 2012) invites users to peruse “The Unofficial Oval Office Scrapbook.” A scrapbook-like spread devoted to each president features the man’s portrait, birth and death dates, signature, and awards received. A “bookmark” sidebar provides his presidential number, term(s) served, corresponding historical era, party, vice president(s), and […]

Election booklist

The President's Stuck in the Bathtub by Susan Katz

The books recommended below were reviewed by The Horn Book Magazine. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.   Primary Suggested grade level for each entry: K–3 Our Abe Lincoln: An Old Tune with New Lyrics written by Jim Aylesworth; illus. by Barbara McClintock (Scholastic) New verses to a Lincoln […]

Review of The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems about the Presidents

The President's Stuck in the Bathtub by Susan Katz

The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems about the Presidents by Susan Katz; illus. by Robert Neubecker Primary, Intermediate     Clarion     64 pp. 2/12     978-0-547-18221-6     $17.99 In forty-three poems, Katz gives each of our U.S. presidents their due. She concentrates on little-known facts (William McKinley taught his parrot “Yankee Doodle”) but often slips in […]

Picture books for Presidents’ Day

George Washington's Birthday

In time for Presidents’ Day observations, these new books give elementary-age readers insight into three towering figures in American history. In George Washington’s Birthday: A Mostly True Tale, Margaret McNamara debunks the famous cherry tree fable plus others, intermingling them with real facts to imagine Washington’s seventh birthday. Boxed notes distinguish truth from fancy, and […]

>I like a man with a sense of humor, and this one is going to need it.

>The Times reports that Mr. President has retaken his oath: For their do-over, the two men convened in the White House Map Room at 7:35 p.m. for a brief proceeding that was not announced until it was completed successfully. “Are you ready to take the oath?” Chief Justice Roberts said. “I am,” Mr. Obama replied. […]

New Notes from the Horn Book

The latest issue of Notes celebrates the new year with a look at firsts: first novels, first chapters, pioneering thinkers, and that chicken-and-the-egg conundrum. We’ve also got an interview with first-time novelist Sally Nicholls. Also, Claire inaugurates her monthly booklists with American Presidents.