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Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book was a quarterly supplement to our monthly e-newsletter Notes from the Horn Book. Nonfiction Notes provided recommendations of recently published nonfiction books, by topic, across grade levels, ability levels, and all areas of interest. All reviews are from The Horn Book Guide. The Common Core State Standards Initiative...

Review of Poems in the Attic

Poems in the Atticby Nikki Grimes; illus. by Elizabeth ZunonPrimary, Intermediate    Lee & Low    48 pp.5/15    978-1-62014-027-7    $19.95    gOn a visit to her grandmother’s house, a little girl finds her mother’s stash of childhood poems in the attic. The poems written by the mom in this story are tanka poems,...

Review of Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University

Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University by Francisco Jiménez Middle School, High School    Houghton    200 pp. 4/15    978-0-547-63230-8    $16.99    g In the fourth volume of his memoir series (The Circuit, rev. 11/00; Breaking Through, rev. 11/01; Reaching Out, 2008), Jiménez delivers a moving account of his graduate school...

International Primate Day

For International Primate Day, here are a few books to get you in the swing of things.One Gorilla: A Counting Bookby Anthony Browne; illus. by the authorPreschool    Candlewick    32 pp.2/13    978-0-7636-6352-0    $16.99For Anthony Browne, a gorilla is never just a gorilla. In this seemingly simple counting book from one to...

Reviews of 2016 Mind the Gap Award winners

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. Our annual Mind the Gap Awards pay tribute to our favorite books that didn’t win. Here's how we reviewed our 2016 winners. The Bear Ate Your Sandwichby Julia Sarcone-Roach; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary   Knopf   40 pp.1/15   978-0-375-85860-4   $16.99   ge-book ed. 978-0-307-98242-1  ...

Reviews of the 2016 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

Winner:Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage 
Changed Musicby Margarita Engle; 
illus. by Rafael LópezPrimary    Houghton    40 pp.3/15    978-0-544-10229-3    $16.99A young girl dreams of becoming a drummer. Though she lives “on an island of music / in a city of drumbeats,” hers is an impossible dream: only boys play drums....

Reviews of the 2016 CSK Illustrator Award winners

Winner:Trombone Shortyby Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews; illus. by Bryan CollierPrimary   Abrams   40 pp.4/15   978-1-4197-1465-8   $17.95In New Orleans parlance, “Where y’at?” means “hello.” As an opening greeting (repeated three times, creating a jazzy beat), it also signals the beginning of this conversational and personable 
autobiography. Andrews, a.k.a. Trombone Shorty, concentrates on...

Reviews of the 2016 CSK Author Award winners

Winner:Gone Crazy in Alabamaby Rita Williams-GarciaIntermediate, Middle School   Amistad/HarperCollins   291 pp.4/15   978-0-06-221587-1   $16.99Library ed. 978-0-06-221588-8   $17.89   ge-book ed. 978-0-06-221590-1   $9.99Williams-Garcia says goodbye to the Gaither family (One Crazy Summer, rev. 3/10; P. S. Be Eleven, rev. 5/13) in this involving and emotional concluding installment. It’s been a year since Delphine,...

Reviews of the 2016 Caldecott Award winners

Winner: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the 
World’s Most Famous Bearby Lindsay Mattick; 
illus. by Sophie BlackallPrimary   Little, Brown   56 pp.10/15   978-0-316-32490-8   $18.00   gA little boy named Cole curls in the crook of his mother’s arm and asks for a story; she spins him two. The first one tells...

Review of Hit Count

Hit Countby Chris LynchHigh School   Algonquin   362 pp.5/15   978-1-61620-250-7   $17.95   ge-book ed. 978-1-61620-490-7   $17.95As a lowly freshman, junior varsity football player Arlo Brodie sets his future goals: varsity linebacker by sophomore year, then college ball for a Division One team, then the pros. After freshman year, Arlo works out like...

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