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[See also our Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book archives]   2020 January 2020 Five questions for Kacen Callender Sense of place Intergenerational warmth and wisdom Fascinating figures from twentieth-century history From the Editor February 2020 Five questions for A.S. King about Dig. ALA Awards 2020: Horn Book reviews of...
      

Science and the Common Core

Both the new Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts and the soon-to-be-released Next Generation Science Standards emphasize competencies in nonfiction literacies: the CCSS in its bold push for a central role for informational text in reading instruction, and the NGSS in its just-as-purposeful spotlight on the critical reading, writing,...
      

Machines and Technology

Grabowski, John TelevisionHigh school   112 pp. Lucent 2011Hillstrom, Laurie Collier Global Positioning SystemsHigh school   96 pp. Lucent 2011Kallen, Stuart A. iPod and MP3 PlayersHigh school   104 pp. Lucent 2010Technology 360 series. After brief histories behind their title technologies, these books provide thoughtful discussions of the appeal, markets, risks, and social implications of their...
      

Books for Presidents’ Day

Kalman, Maira Looking at LincolnGr. K–3   40 pp. Penguin/Paulsen (Penguin Young Readers Group) 2012A girl passes a Lincoln look-alike and wonders about our sixteenth president. Through a natural structure that follows the narrator's thought processes, the narrative lists some basic facts; childlike musings, printed in a more casual font, personalize the...
      

Health and the Human Body

Dolphin, Colleen Cool Exercise: Healthy & Fun Ways to Get Your Body MovingGr. K–3  32 pp. ABDO 2012Kuskowski, Alex Cool Body Basics: Healthy & Fun Ways to Care for Your BodyGr. K–3  32 pp. ABDO 2012Kuskowski, Alex Cool Eating: Healthy & Fun Ways to Eat RightGr. K–3  32 pp. ABDO...
      

Earth Science

Bodden, Valerie CloudsGr. K–3   24 pp. Creative Education 2012Bodden, Valerie HurricanesGr. K–3   24 pp. Creative Education 2012Bodden, Valerie SnowGr. K–3   24 pp. Creative Education 2012Bodden, Valerie ThunderstormsGr. K–3   24 pp. Creative Education 2012Our Wonderful Weather series. Simple, straightforward text combines with color photographs to introduce weather. Beginning with a clear definition, each title then...
      

Animal Behavior

Cusick, Dawn Cool Animal Names: Porcupinefish, Zebra Eels, Leopard Geckos, Owl Monkeys, Giraffe Beettles, & 251 Other Bizarre CreaturesGr. 4–6   80 pp. Charlesbridge/Imagine 2011Cusick introduces over two hundred fifty animals with unusual names; they're grouped according to nomenclature rather than species (for example, readers will find leopard frogs with leopard...
      

From the Editor – January 2013

In a publishing era where too many authors and illustrators are being urged to repeat themselves (quick: what’s the last YA novel you saw that neither was nor promised a sequel?), it’s just plain terrific to see a book like Jonathan Bean’s Building Our House. Of course, any new book...
      

Returning YA fantasy and sci-fi series

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Fans are always on the lookout for the latest installments of their favorite series. Four new young adult novels filled with adventure and kick-ass main characters are sure to grab readers’ imaginations.In Rae Carson’s The Crown of Embers, new queen Elisa (The Girl of Fire and Thorns) must learn to...
      

Nonfiction apps for middle graders

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These four recent iOS apps for middle grade and older users blend education and entertainment, presenting facts about history, science, and geography in fresh, engaging ways.Disney American Presidents invites users to peruse “The Unofficial Oval Office Scrapbook.” A spread devoted to each president is packed with biographical information: portrait, birth...

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