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Books mentioned in the January 2018 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Animal-human relationships

Castaldo, Nancy F.  Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel
Middle school, high school     152 pp.     Houghton     2017
Trade ISBN 978-0-544-63335-3

Dutcher, Jim and Dutcher, Jamie  Living with Wolves!: True Stories of Adventures with Animals [National Geographic Kids Chapters series]
Gr. K–3     111 pp.     National Geographic     2016
Library binding ISBN 978-1-4263-2564-9
Paperback ISBN 978-1-4263-2563-2

Frydenborg, Kay  A Dog in the Cave: The Wolves Who Made Us Human
Gr. 4–6, middle school     246 pp.     Houghton     2017
Trade ISBN 978-0-544-28656-6
Ebook ISBN 978-1-328-69490-4

Kirk, Daniel  Rhino in the House: The True Story of Saving Samia
Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Abrams     2017
Trade ISBN 978-1-4197-2316-2

Newman, Aline Alexander  Cat Tales: True Stories of Kindness and Companionship with Kitties
Gr. 4–6     159 pp.     National     2017
Trade ISBN 978-1-4263-2734-6
Library binding ISBN 978-1-4263-2735-3

 

Graphic-novel biographies and memoirs

Great Escapes of World War II series

Chandler, Matt  Outrunning the Nazis: The Brave Escape of Resistance Fighter Sven Somme
Illustrated by Daniele Nicotra.
Gr. 4–6, middle school     32 pp.     Capstone/Graphic Library      2017
Library binding ISBN 978-1-5157-3529-8
Paperback ISBN 978-1-5157-3534-2
Ebook ISBN 978-1-5157-3546-5

Yomtov, Nel  Death Camp Uprising: The Escape from Sobibor Concentration Camp
Illustrated by Wilson Tortosa.
Gr. 4–6, middle school     32 pp.     Capstone/Graphic Library     2017
Library binding ISBN 978-1-5157-3532-8
Paperback ISBN 978-1-5157-3537-3
Ebook ISBN 978-1-5157-3549-6

Gravel, Elise  The Great Antonio
Gr. K–3     64 pp.     TOON     2016
Translated by Richard Kutner.
Trade ISBN 978-1-943145-08-9

Hale, Shannon  Real Friends
Illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Color by Jane Poole. Gr. 4–6     220 pp.     Roaring Brook/First Second     2017
Trade ISBN 978-1-62672-416-7
Paperback ISBN 978-1-62672-785-4

Meltzer, Brad  I Am Martin Luther King, Jr. [Ordinary People Change the World series]
Illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos.
Gr. K–3     40 pp.      Dial      2016
Trade ISBN 978-0-525-42852-7

Walden, Tillie  Spinning
Middle school, high school
     396 pp.     Roaring Brook/First Second     2017
Trade ISBN 978-1-62672-772-4
Paperback ISBN 978-1-62672-940-7

 

Interesting invention stories

Allman, Toney  Women Scientists and Inventors [Collective Biographies series]
Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint     2016
Library binding ISBN 978-1-68282-032-2
Ebook ISBN 978-1-68282-033-9

Barton, Chris  Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
Illustrated by Don Tate.
Gr. K–3, 4–6     40 pp.     Charlesbridge     2016
Trade ISBN 978-1-58089-297-1
Ebook ISBN 978-1-60734-640-1

Ford, Gilbert  The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation
Illustrated by Gilbert Ford. Photographs by Greg Endries.
Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Atheneum     2016
Trade ISBN 978-1-4814-5065-2
Ebook ISBN 978-1-4814-5066-9

Miller, Pat  The Hole Story of the Doughnut
Illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch.
Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Houghton     2016
Trade ISBN 978-0-544-31961-5

Rhatigan, Joe  Inventions That Could Have Changed the World but Didn’t
Illustrated by Anthony Owsley.
Gr. 4–6     80 pp.     Charlesbridge/Imagine     2015
Trade ISBN 978-1-62354-024-1

This amusing book surveys hundreds of dubious inventions, from a car whistle to signal low fuel to a wearable plastic tent to keep a dog dry during rainfall. It’s loosely organized by function, with illustrations ranging from black-and-white patent diagrams to whimsical, colorful cartoons. Some well-known inventors’ failures are included (e.g., Edison’s concrete house). Bib., ind.
Subjects: Machines and Technology; Inventions and inventors

 

Logophila

Brunetti, Ivan  Wordplay
Gr. K–3     40 pp.     TOON     2017
Trade ISBN 978-1-943145-17-1

Mak, Yee-Lum  Other Wordly: Words Both Strange and Lovely from Around the World
Illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley.
Gr. 4–6, middle school     56 pp.     Chronicle     2016
Trade ISBN 978-1-4521-2534-3

Reef, Catherine  Noah Webster: Man of Many Words
Middle school, high school     211 pp.     Clarion     2015
Trade ISBN 978-0-544-12983-2

Rosenthal, Betsy R.  An Ambush of Tigers: A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns
Illustrated by Jago.
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Millbrook     2015
Library binding ISBN 978-1-4677-1464-8
Ebook ISBN 978-1-4677-6298-4

Sutcliffe, Jane  Will’s Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk
Illustrated by John Shelley.
Gr. K–3, 4–6     40 pp.     Charlesbridge     2016
Trade ISBN 978-1-58089-638-2
Ebook ISBN 978-1-60734-855-9

 

Calm and confidence

Foudy, Julie  Choose to Matter: Your Guide to Being Courageously and Fabulously You
Middle school, high school
     304 pp.     Disney/espnW     2017
Trade ISBN 978-1-3680-0338-4

Hanh, Thich Nhat  Is Nothing Something?: Kids’ Questions and Zen Answers About Life, Death, Family, Friendship, and Everything in Between
Illustrated by Jessica McClure.
Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Plum Blossom     2014
Trade ISBN 978-1-937006-65-5

Oostendorp, Leila Kadra  Animal Asanas: Yoga for Children
Illustrated by Elsa Mroziewicz Bahia.
Gr. K–3     64 pp.     Prestel     2017
Trade ISBN 978-3-7913-7275-4

Rissman, Rebecca  Yoga for You
Gr. 4–6     64 pp.     Walter Foster     2017
Trade ISBN 978-1-63322-319-6

Wooster, Patricia  Ignite Your Spark: Discovering Who You Are from the Inside Out
Middle school, high school
      215 pp.     Simon Pulse/Beyond Words     2017
Trade ISBN 978-1-58270-565-1
Paperback ISBN 978-1-58270-564-4

These titles were featured in the January 2018 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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