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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...
      

Books mentioned in the January 2017 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Young people making a differenceFreedman, Russell  We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf HitlerGr. 4–6, middle school     104 pp.     Clarion     2016Trade ISBN 978-0-544-22379-0Goodman, Susan E.  The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on TrialIllustrated by E. B. LewisGr. K–3, 4–6     40 pp.    ...
      

Our solar system and beyond

Adamson, Thomas K.  The Secrets of NeptuneGr. K–3, 4–6     32 pp.     CapstoneBerne, Emma Carlson  The Secrets of EarthGr. K–3, 4–6     32 pp.     CapstoneRadomski, Kassandra  The Secrets of SaturnGr. K–3, 4–6     32 pp.     CapstoneSmithsonian: Planets series. These books for second through fourth graders include basic facts about planets in our solar...
      

Architecture and engineering

Corey, Shana  The Secret SubwayGr. K–3, 4–6     40 pp.     Random/Schwartz & WadeIllustrated by Red Nose Studio. This tour de force tells of nineteenth-century inventor Alfred Ely Beach's solution to New York City's crowded streets: in 1870, he unveiled the first underground train, which went back and forth in a 294-foot...
      

Farm to table

Barker, David M.  Organic FoodsGr. 4–6, middle school     64 pp.     LernerHand, Carol  Urban GardeningGr. 4–6, middle school          64 pp.     LernerMickelson, Trina  Free-Range FarmingGr. 4–6, middle school          64 pp.     LernerPerdew, Laura  Eating LocalGr. 4–6, middle school          64 pp.     LernerGrowing Green series. This series for upper-middle-grades focusing on "green" food and farming...
      

Civics and community

Ancona, George  Can We Help?: Kids Volunteering to Help Their CommunitiesGr. K–3     48 pp.     CandlewickStraightforward text describes various ways that children can help those in need: through knitting hats for the homeless, tending a community garden that donates its produce, etc. Young readers may find the text cumulatively leaden, but...
      

Young people making a difference

Freedman, Russell  We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf HitlerGr. 4–6, middle school     104 pp.     ClarionFreedman's photohistory is an excellent overview of the White Rose resistance movement, a group of university students who, beginning in June 1942 in Munich, Germany, risked their lives...

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