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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...
      

Week in Review, January 22nd-26th

This week on hbook.com…Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin (1929–2018) January issue of the Nonfiction Notes newsletter: animal-human relationships; graphic-novel biographies and memoirs; interesting invention stories; logophila; calm and confidenceRoger's "shelfie" for #LibraryShelfieDayReviews of the Week: Picture Book: When Sophie Thinks She Can’t… by Molly Bang with Ann Stern Fiction: Nothing by Annie...
      

Animal-human relationships

Castaldo, Nancy F.  Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and FeelMiddle school, high school     152 pp.     HoughtonCastaldo explores the scientific evidence for animal intelligence, emotions, and communication—from early observational studies to contemporary experiments that show the cognitive capabilities of monkeys, dogs, dolphins, and crows. The ethics of animal-human interactions...
      

Graphic-novel biographies and memoirs

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Chandler, Matt  Outrunning the Nazis: The Brave Escape of Resistance Fighter Sven SommeIllustrated by Daniele Nicotra.Gr. 4–6, middle school     32 pp.     Capstone/Graphic LibraryYomtov, Nel  Death Camp Uprising: The Escape from Sobibor Concentration CampIllustrated by Wilson Tortosa.Gr. 4–6, middle school     32 pp.     Capstone/Graphic LibraryGreat Escapes of World War II series. These...
      

Interesting invention stories

Allman, Toney  Women Scientists and InventorsMiddle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePointCollective Biographies series. Following a brief introduction describing historical obstacles to women's careers in sciences, this volume profiles six successful women and their rise to influence. Each fairly short bio narrates the ups and downs of its subject's career,...
      

Logophila

Brunetti, Ivan  WordplayGr. K–3     40 pp.     TOONAfter Annemarie defines compound word for her teacher, the girl imagines interpreting compounds part by part: an eggplant, for instance, would be a plant that grows eggs. Spacious graphic-novel panels invite readers to spend time with each of Brunetti's humorous illustrations. The two words...
      

Calm and confidence

Foudy, Julie  Choose to Matter: Your Guide to Being Courageously and Fabulously YouMiddle school, high school     304 pp.     Disney/espnWDrawing on casual, "feet up, shoes off" (#SockTalk) interviews with successful women and on advice she gives at leadership clinics, Olympic gold-medalist soccer player Foudy encourages young women to develop leadership skills...
      

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

Animal-human relationshipsCastaldo, Nancy F.  Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and FeelMiddle school, high school     152 pp.     Houghton     2017Trade ISBN 978-0-544-63335-3Dutcher, 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     2016Library binding ISBN 978-1-4263-2564-9Paperback ISBN...

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