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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...
      

From The Guide: Narrative Nonfiction

The trending genre of narrative nonfiction is one we have followed closely — see for example our August 2015 What Makes Good Narrative Nonfiction e-newsletter and Marc Aronson's Writer's Page article "What Is Narrative Nonfiction?" The Horn Book Guide’s wide-lens view on children’s publishing makes narrative nonfiction’s current popularity and...
      

2015 BGHB Nonfiction Day

It's BGHB Week! Yesterday we celebrated our Fiction Award winner and honorees; today nonfiction is in the limelight. Read reviews of all of the 2015 nonfiction winners here; see below for more web extras about them. Join us on October 2–3, 2015, for the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Transformations,...
      

Books mentioned in the August 2015 issue of What Makes a Good...?

What Makes Good Narrative Nonfiction?Picture BooksApplegate, Katherine  Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall GorillaIllustrated by G. Brian Karas.40 pp.     Clarion     2014     ISBN 978-0-544-25230-1Bang, Molly and Chisholm, Penny  Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the EarthIllustrated by Molly Bang.48 pp.     Scholastic/Blue Sky      2014     ISBN 978-0-545-57785-4Bryant, Jen  The...
      

Recommended Narrative Nonfiction: Young Adult

Bausum, Ann Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights 120 pp. Viking 2015. ISBN 978-0-670-01679-2Bausum begins with a detailed, nuanced exposition of the June 1969 Stonewall riots as a galvanizing moment for the gay rights movement, then traces the movement's evolution (in a somewhat more cursory way) for...
      

Recommended Narrative Nonfiction: Intermediate

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America230 pp. Houghton 2015. ISBN 978-0-544-31367-5What was it like to be a servant, an immigrant, a woman in the early twentieth century? Bartoletti weaves the answers into the beginning of "Typhoid Mary" Mallon's story — using...
      

Recommended Narrative Nonfiction: Picture Books

Applegate, Katherine Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla40 pp. Clarion 2014. ISBN 978-0-544-25230-1Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Applegate introduces picture-book readers to the true story that inspired her Newbery-winning The One and Only Ivan. In poetic prose she describes gorilla Ivan's early life in Africa; his...
      

Five questions for Steve Sheinkin

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Steve Sheinkin's young adult history books — including Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (a Newbery Honor Book, a National Book Award finalist, and the winner of both the Sibert Award and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults)...
      

From the Editor—August 2015

When I was walking around the ALA exhibits in San Francisco earlier this summer, I kept running into publishers eager to show me their "narrative nonfiction." I knew this was a concept (see Elizabeth Partridge's article "Narrative Nonfiction: Kicking Ass at Last" and more on narrative nonfiction from The Horn...

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