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A Wrinkle in Troubled Times

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

“But what’s going to happen?” Meg’s voice trembled. “Oh, please, Mrs. Which, tell us what’s going to happen!” “Wee wwill cconntinnue to ffight!” Something in Mrs. Which’s voice made all three of the children stand straighter, throwing back their shoulders with determination, looking at the glimmer that was Mrs. Which with pride and confidence. “And […]

A pop-up tour of the White House

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For some reason, I’ve been a little preoccupied by all things presidential lately, so I was intrigued when Robert Sabuda‘s book The White House: A Pop-Up of Our Nation’s Home (Orchard Books, January 2016) arrived in the office. Sabuda is best known for his pop-up versions of children’s literature classics like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, […]

On Patricia and Fredrick McKissack’s “You can be president” (from March 1997)

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“Our Sunday evening news conferences with the presidents were always intense, informative, and a whole lot of fun.” I don’t know about you, but on this Monday before election day, I’m in dire need of something hopeful. “You can be president,” from the March/April 1997 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, is just that. I […]

Win the White House app review

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If you’ve gotten anywhere near the news in the past, oh, fifteen months, you know one thing: running for president is complicated. It requires careful planning and strategic skill. Ever wondered if you’ve got what it takes? Find out with Win the White House (iCivics, 2011 with update July 2016; iOS,  Android, and web). First, […]

Presidential biographies

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Brennan, Linda Crotta  Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Presidency Middle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner Goddu, Krystyna Poray  George Washington’s Presidency Middle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner Rowell, Rebecca  John F. Kennedy’s Presidency Middle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner Wittekind, Erika  James Madison’s Presidency Middle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner Presidential Powerhouses series. […]

Happy Birthday, Mister President

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Today is President Obama’s birthday. To celebrate, here are some books by and about our forty-fourth president. The titles below were reviewed and recommended by The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide at the time of their publication; reviews (with dates) reprinted below. For more, here are booklists about presidents’ families and First […]

There are no picture book biographies of Donald Trump

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A quick search of the Horn Book Guide Online shows three picture book biographies of Hillary Clinton, including these two new ones (both published in January 2016):    And this one from 2008, revised in August 2015: Then there’s this new YA biography: UPDATED: And this new middle-grade biography (which I missed in the original […]

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! April 14th, 1865: The Day John Wilkes Booth Killed President Lincoln

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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 […]