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Archives for October 2012

Common Ground

As a historian, author, and longtime advocate for nonfiction, there are many things I like about the Common Core English/Language Arts Standards: their focus on historiography and authorial point of view, their mission of training young people to be problem-solvers, their validation of nonfiction-lovers’ passion for the genre. In this inaugural issue of Nonfiction Notes […]

World Cultures

Bowler, Ann Martin, illus. by Soosoonam Barg. All About Korea: Stories, Songs, Crafts and More Gr. 4-6 64 pp. Tuttle 2011 Moore, Willamarie, illustrated by Kazumi Wilds. All About Japan: Stories, Songs, Crafts and More Gr. 4-6 64 pp. Tuttle 2011 Each book provides brief information about history, language, religion, celebrations, food, homes, traditional clothing, […]

The Civil Rights Movement

Brimner, Larry Dane Black & White High school 112 pp. Boyds/Calkins 2011 Brimner’s well-researched text, centered on Birmingham, Alabama, chronicles the often bloody confrontations between the forces of freedom fighter Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and segregationist Eugene “Bull” Connor. Sidebars include additional historical details (e.g., Emmett Till’s murder, McCarthyism). Many well-captioned archival photographs and pull-quotes enhance […]

Government, politics, and leaders

Brezina, Corona America’s Recession: The Effects of Economic Downturn High school 64 pp. Rosen 2011 Headlines! series. This useful hi-lo volume addresses the timely topic of America’s economic recession. Beginning with the housing boom that peaked in 2006, Brezina discusses predatory lending and other causes, then government efforts to combat recession. She also addresses topics […]

Fly blind, suggests Susan

Horn Book reviewer Susan Dove Lempke writes about being a proud defender of spoilers who met her Kryptonite in Code Name Verity. I recently listened to the fabulous audio edition of the book, and, despite, knowing how everything would turn out, found myself so taken in by the voice that I kept hoping the book […]

Books in the Home: Reading Up

Like many writers, I had a reading childhood, but I’ve only recently understood how countercultural my mother was about my reading. My brother and sister and I are close in age, so when I was a child there were no big-kid books and little-kid books; no girl books and boy books. All the books belonged […]

Five questions for the presidential candidates: the KidLit Election 2012 presidential debate

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton moderates a debate between Ms. Charlotte A. Cavatica, the Democratic presidential candidate, and Mr. Jamie Kincaid, the Republican presidential candidate. 1. If elected, which campaign promise will you keep first? Charlotte: Obviously, education is a top priority for me. If I can teach a pig to spell, why, I […]

Review of Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad

Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole; illus. by the author Primary    Scholastic    40 pp. 11/12    978-0-545-39997-5    $16.99 This wordless picture book opens with a calm scene: a quilt hangs over a rural split-rail fence. A young girl enters the scene on the next double-page spread, leading a cow and watching a […]

Video from BGHB Awards — September 28, 2012

The 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award ceremony has been divided into the following YouTube video segments. If you’d like to see some photographs, click here. For a page of tweets from the ceremony, click here. For a Horn Book @ Simmons Twitter timeline, click here. And stay tuned for more to come in the January/February […]

Dear Teen Me

Writing to our younger, naive selves with words of wisdom? It’s a simple concept that’s presented brilliantly on DearTeenMe.com and in the paperback anthology Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves (Zest Books, October 2012), edited by E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally. Big name YA authors address their teenage versions on […]