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Archives for June 2013

NF Notes: From the editor, June 2013

In this and every issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book, our aim is to give brief notice to good informational books that we think teachers and librarians will find useful in developing and enriching lesson plans across the curriculum. Are these books “Common Core Ready,” the latest buzz-phrase resounding from publishers’ promotional materials? […]

Books mentioned in the June 2013 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Social issues Exploring Tough Issues series Brownlie, Ali  Why Do People Abuse Human Rights? Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Raintree      2004 Library binding ISBN 0-7398-6684-2 Senker, Cath  Why Are People Refugees? Gr. 4–6      48 pp.     Raintree      2004 Library binding ISBN 0-7398-6685-0 Woolf, Alex  Why Are People Terrorists? Gr. 4–6      48 pp.     Raintree      2004 Library binding ISBN […]

Book caravan

Last week we received a permissions request from librarian Orty Ortwein to accompany his article on the Book Caravan, brainchild of Mother Horn Book Bertha Mahony Miller. It put us in a nostalgic mood, so here’s some more information about Horn Book history: articles about the Book Caravan, the Bookshop for Boys and Girls, and […]

What Makes a Good “Bad” Book?

Trashy books: they’re the ones that cause young patrons to avert their eyes from a librarian (or, better yet, use the self-scan) and hide the dust jackets from their parents. They almost always contain steamy stuff (sex, or at least lust) and, often, controlled substances (booze, drugs, human blood, poisoned donuts…). Wish-fulfillment is common; escapism […]

2013 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals announced

The 2013 winners of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals — the UK’s Newbery and Caldecott equivalents — were announced yesterday. The awards are presented annually by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). Sally Gardner was awarded the Carnegie Medal, recognizing “the writer of an outstanding book for children,” for her novel […]

Sports and recreation

Berman, Len  The Greatest Moments in Sports: Upsets and Underdogs Gr. 4–6  124 pp.  Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky From an autistic high school basketball player setting a school record for three-pointers to the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team’s “miracle on ice,” this collection of true stories focuses on unlikely heroes in the sports arena. Play-by-play media reports, action […]

Oceanography and marine life

Bang, Molly and Chisholm, Penny  Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas Gr. K–3  48 pp.  Scholastic/Blue Sky (Scholastic Trade Division) This fresh perspective on food chains focuses on the critical and voluminous ocean-based plant life—plankton—and the transfer of energy and nutrients from the sun to these microscopic plants to ocean animals and back. […]


Corcoran, Jill  Dare to Dream…Change the World Gr. 4–6  40 pp.  Kane/Miller Illustrated by J. Beth Jepson. Thirty well-known poets celebrate people from all walks of life who have changed the world; honorees include Jonas Salk, Georgia O’Keeffe, and even the YouTube creators. Each is spotlighted on a double-page spread with two poems and a […]

Myths and legends

Altman, Linda Jacobs  African Mythology Rocks! Gr. 4–6  112 pp.  Enslow Bernard, Catherine Celtic Mythology Rocks! Gr. 4–6  104 pp.  Enslow Collier, Irene Dea  Chinese Mythology Rocks! Gr. 4–6  128 pp.  Enslow Houle, Michelle M.  Gods and Goddesses in Greek Mythology Rock! Gr. 4–6  128 pp.  Enslow Schuman, Michael A.  Maya and Aztec Mythology Rocks! […]

Social issues

Brownlie, Ali  Why Do People Abuse Human Rights? Gr. 4–6  48 pp.  Raintree Senker, Cath  Why Are People Refugees? Gr. 4–6  48 pp.  Raintree Woolf, Alex  Why Are People Terrorists? Gr. 4–6  48 pp.  Raintree Woolf, Alex  Why Do People Commit Crime? Gr. 4–6  48 pp.  Raintree Exploring Tough Issues series. These well-organized books examine […]