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Books mentioned in the December 2019 Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Language and Literature Fact Finders: Why Do We Say That? series. Berne, Emma Carlson  What Is an Idiom When It's at Home? Gr. 4–6    32 pp.    Capstone    2017 Library binding ISBN 978-1-5157-6388-8 Paper ISBN 978-1-5157-6393-2 Ebook ISBN 978-1-5157-6405-2 Stefoff, Rebecca  Me, Myself, and I: The More Grammar Changes, the More...

Language and Literature

Berne, Emma Carlson  What Is an Idiom When It's at Home? Gr. 4–6    32 pp.    Capstone    2017 Stefoff, Rebecca  Me, Myself, and I: The More Grammar Changes, the More It Remains the Same Gr. 4–6    32 pp.    Capstone    2017 Fact Finders: Why Do We Say That? series. Beginning with a...

War and Peacemakers

Goldsmith, Connie  Women in the Military: From Drill Sergeants to Fighter Pilots Middle school, high school    120 pp.    Twenty-First Century    2019 This in-depth and refreshingly inclusive text looks at the history and current state of women in the military. Illuminating first-person accounts and biographical profiles are interspersed with descriptions of...

U.S. Landmarks

Brown, Carron  Wonders of the USA: A Shine-a-Light Book Gr. K–3    40 pp.    Kane/Miller    2017 Illustrated by Bee Johnson. "Shine a flashlight behind the page...to reveal the amazing sights in and around our country. Discover a land of great surprises." This Shine-a-Light installment presents a very broad tour of American...

Poetry and Poetry Collections

Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience Middle school, high school    183 pp.    Seven/Triangle    2019 Edited by Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond. This piercing poetry collection's sixty-four pieces (many previously published) in a variety of forms mourn loss, celebrate survival, and explore breaking and remaking self...

Books mentioned in the October 2019 Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Creepy things Fly!: Hollywood Monsters series Abdo, Kenny  Chucky  Gr. K–3, 4–6    24 pp.    ABDO/Zoom    2019      Library binding ISBN 978-1-5321-2744-1  Ebook ISBN 978-1-5321-2842-4  Abdo, Kenny  Freddy Krueger  Gr. K–3, 4–6    24 pp.    ABDO/Zoom    2019      Library binding ISBN 978-1-5321-2745-8  Ebook ISBN 978-1-5321-2843-1  Abdo, Kenny  Jason Voorhees  Gr. K–3, 4–6    24 pp.    ABDO/Zoom    2019      Library binding ISBN 978-1-5321-2746-5  Ebook ISBN 978-1-5321-2844-8  Abdo, Kenny  Leatherface  Gr. K–3, 4–6    24 pp.    ABDO/Zoom    2019      Library binding ISBN 978-1-5321-2747-2  Ebook ISBN 978-1-5321-2845-5  Abdo, Kenny  Michael Myers   Gr. K–3,...

Cool inventions

Alkire, Jessie  Hot Wheels Developer: Elliot Handler  Gr. 4–6    32 pp.    ABDO  Borgert-Spaniol, Megan  Lincoln Logs Creator: John Lloyd Wright  Gr. 4–6    32 pp.    ABDO Borgert-Spaniol, Megan  My Little Pony Pioneer: Bonnie Zacherle  Gr. 4–6    32 pp.    ABDO Thomas, Rachael L.  Nerf Genius: Reyn Guyer  Gr. 4–6    32 pp.    ABDO Thomas, Rachael L.  Nintendo Innovator: Hiroshi Yamauchi  Gr. 4–6    32 pp.    ABDO Thomas, Rachael L.  The Slime Queen: Karina...

Unusual Crafts

Alkire, Jessie  Construct It!: Architecture You Can Build, Break, and Build Again Gr. 4–6    32 pp.    ABDO Checkerboard Library: Cool Makerspace Gadgets & Gizmos series. This short volume introduces makerspaces and architecture, providing instructions for six projects that use Legos, K'NEX, and cardboard. Photographs accompany clear instructions, and brightly colored...

Creepy things

Abdo, Kenny  Chucky  Gr. K–3, 4–6    24 pp.    ABDO/Zoom Abdo, Kenny  Freddy Krueger  Gr. K–3, 4–6    24 pp.    ABDO/Zoom Abdo, Kenny  Jason Voorhees  Gr. K–3, 4–6    24 pp.    ABDO/Zoom Abdo, Kenny  Leatherface  Gr. K–3, 4–6    24 pp.    ABDO/Zoom Abdo, Kenny  Michael Myers   Gr. K–3, 4–6    24 pp.    ABDO/Zoom Abdo, Kenny  Pennywise  Gr. K–3, 4–6    24 pp.    ABDO/Zoom Fly!: Hollywood Monsters series. These slight volumes provide brief information (including broad plot summaries) about...

Sports, Sports, and More Sports

Bailer, Darice  Kickball Gr. K–3    32 pp.    Child's Bailer, Darice  Street Football Gr. K–3    32 pp.    Child's Bailer, Darice  Ultimate Gr. K–3    32 pp.    Child's Ellenport, Craig  Pick-Up Basketball Gr. K–3    32 pp.    Child's Laughlin, Kara L.  Capture the Flag Gr. K–3    32 pp.    Child's Laughlin, Kara L.  Four Square...

Books mentioned in the September 2019 issue of Nonficton Notes from the Horn Book

Health and human body Fishman, Seth  Power Up Illustrated by Isabel Greenberg Gr. K–3    40 pp.    Greenwillow    2019 Trade ISBN 978-0-06-245579-6 Ritchie, Scot  See How We Move!: A First Book of Health and Well-Being [Exploring Our Community] Gr. K–3    32 pp.    Kids Can    2018 Trade ISBN 978-1-77138-967-9 Settel, Joanne  Your...

Exploration

Bergreen, Laurence  Magellan: Over the Edge of the World Middle school, high school    211 pp.    Roaring Brook This adaptation of the author's adult book chronicles Ferdinand Magellan's historic, globe-circumnavigating search for the Spice Islands. The conflict between Portugal and Spain and suspicion of Magellan's loyalty to the Spanish crown are...

Coding and computer science

Alkire, Jessie  Code It!: Programming and Keyboards You Can Create Yourself Gr. 4–6    32 pp.    ABDO Checkerboard Library: Cool Makerspace Gadgets & Gizmos series. This short volume introduces makerspaces and coding, providing instructions for six projects that use either Scratch or Makey Makeys. Photographs accompany clear, reproducible instructions, and brightly...

Undocumented immigrant experiences

Arce, Julissa  Someone like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream Gr. 4–6, middle school    240 pp.    Little, Brown At once heartbreaking and full of hope, this moving memoir is a survival story that recounts the Mexican American author's adolescence spent as an undocumented immigrant in Texas....

Health and human body

Fishman, Seth  Power Up Gr. K–3    40 pp.    Greenwillow Illustrated by Isabel Greenberg. This broad-strokes introduction to human physiology explains how energy powers all the body's processes. The text presents information with clarity, humor, and wonder. Greenberg's digital illustrations match the celebratory tone, with a brown-skinned girl with two puffball...

Books mentioned in the May 2019 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Life skillsAlexander, Kwame  The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called LifePhotographs by Thai NeaveGr. 4–6, middle school     172 pp.     Houghton     2017Trade ISBN 978-0-544-57097-9Ebook ISBN 978-1-328-69892-6Groban, Betsy, Editor  Totally Middle School: Tales of Friends, Family, and Fitting InGr. 4–6, middle school     181 pp.     Delacorte     2018Trade...

Books mentioned in the March 2019 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Collective biographies for Women's History MonthBagieu, Pénélope  Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the WorldTranslated by Montana KaneMiddle school, high school     296 pp.     Roaring Brook/First Second     2018Trade ISBN 978-1-62672-868-4Paperback ISBN 978-1-62672-869-1Clinton, Chelsea  She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed HistoryIllustrated by Alexandra BoigerGr. K–3     32 pp.     Philomel     2018Trade ISBN...

Librarianship and information science

Agard, John  Book: My AutobiographyGr. 4–6     138 pp.     CandlewickIllustrated by Neil Packer. This is a quirky history of the codex (with a brief glimpse at ebooks), narrated in an alternately whimsical and lyrical style by the personified Book. Packer's illustrations, many of which resemble woodcuts, punctuate the brief narratives, as...

Animals on the move

Bierregaard, Rob  Belle's Journey: An Osprey Takes FlightGr. 4–6     106 pp.     CharlesbridgeIllustrated by Kate Garchinsky. Belle, an osprey born on Martha's Vineyard, is tracked by two scientists as she migrates to South America and back. Bierregaard (one of the scientists) writes engagingly about Belle's adventure — over eighteen months and...

National Poetry Month 2019

Bulion, Leslie  Leaf Litter CrittersGr. 4–6     56 pp.     PeachtreeIllustrated by Robert Meganck. Nineteen poems (in various forms) accompanied by bright digital illustrations provide information both whimsical and scientific about inhabitants of the brown food web — the layer of leaves and soil where organic matter breaks down and plants grow....

Collective biographies for Women's History Month

Bagieu, Pénélope  Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the WorldMiddle school, high school     296 pp.     Roaring Brook/First SecondTranslated by Montana Kane. French artist Bagieu's brief vignettes of sequential comics art expose readers to brazen women of all fields, times, and places, both famous and little-known. Each entry gives just enough information...

Books mentioned in the January 2019 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

General knowledge13½ Incredible Things You Need to Know About EverythingGr. 4–6, middle school     176 pp.     DK     2017Trade ISBN 978-1-4654-6112-4DiPiazza, Francesca Davis  Fandom: Fic Writers, Vidders, Gamers, Artists, and CosplayersMiddle school, high school     120 pp.     Twenty-First Century     2018Trade ISBN 978-1-5124-5049-1Ebook ISBN 978-1-5124-9887-5Esbaum, Jill  Little Kids First Big Book of HowGr. K–3    ...

Graphic biographies and memoirs

Agrimbau, Diego  Anne FrankIllustrated by Fabián Mezquita.Gr. 4–6     80 pp.     CapstoneAgrimbau, Diego  Leonardo da VinciIllustrated by Diego Aballay.Gr. 4–6     80 pp.     CapstoneGraphic Library: Graphic Lives series. These graphic novels detail the lives of the titular historical figures, with emphasis on events that garnered each the most notoriety. The comic-book format...

Weather and climate

de Seve, Karen  Little Kids First Big Book of WeatherGr. K–3     128 pp.     National GeographicA comprehensive, age-appropriate exploration of hot, cold, windy, cloudy, and rainy weather, with activities and games to reinforce the concepts at the conclusion of each chapter. An eclectic mix of appealing color photographs augments the text,...

Exploring our oceans

Cottman, Michael H.  Shackles from the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich LegacyGr. 4–6, middle school     127 pp.     National GeographicThe ship Henrietta Marie transported enslaved Africans from 1698 until its sinking in 1700. The African American author traces the ship's path...

General knowledge

13½ Incredible Things You Need to Know About EverythingGr. 4–6, middle school     176 pp.     DKThis browsable compendium serves up random trivia on eighty wide-ranging subjects. Each busy, colorful double-page spread focuses on a topic, including earth science, plants, animals, communication, water, philosophy, ancient civilizations, movies, helicopters, and much more. Crisp...

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

Religions of the worldDarvic, Debra B.  We Are Jewish FacesGr. PS, K–3     32 pp.     Behrman/Apples     2018Trade ISBN 978-1-68115-536-4Gilani-Williams, Fawzia  Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, SalaamIllustrated by Chiara FedeleGr. K–3     24 pp.     Kar-Ben     2017Library binding ISBN 978-1-4677-8938-7Paperback ISBN 978-1-4677-9423-7Ebook ISBN 978-1-5124-2717-2Jordan, Deloris  A Child's Book of Prayers and Blessings: From Faiths and...

Myths and folktales around the world

Bowles, David  Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of MexicoMiddle school, high school     303 pp.     CincoIn this dense but readable anthology of captivating tales from pre-Columbian Mexico, a variety of creation and origin myths are ordered chronologically to share a narrative history of the world from the Aztec and...

Natural history of our world

Brake, Mark  The Big Earth Book: How Our Planet Was Shaped by Earth, Air, Fire, and WindGr. 4–6     256 pp.     Lonely PlanetIllustrated by Brendan Kearney. This attractive oversize book is all about Earth: "how it was formed, what shaped it, and how it came to be full of living things."...

Protecting our world

Amstutz, Lisa J.  Bringing Back Our Freshwater LakesMiddle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/EssentialHand, Carol  Bringing Back Our OceansMiddle school, high school      112 pp.     ABDO/EssentialHand, Carol  Bringing Back Our Tropical ForestsMiddle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/EssentialMacCarald, Clara  Bringing Back Our DesertsMiddle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/EssentialPerdew, Laura...

Religions of the world

Darvic, Debra B.  We Are Jewish FacesGr. PS, K–3     32 pp.     Behrman/Apples"BROTHER, SISTER, / FRIENDSHIP faces, / faces of all RACES and PLACES, / we are JEWISH faces." A scrapbook-like format features bright photographs and lilting rhymes depicting the diversity of Jewish people — of various ages, skin colors, abilities,...

Plagues and medical breakthroughs

Davis, Kenneth C.  More Deadly Than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World WarMiddle school, high school    291 pp.    HoltDespite the overwhelming number of people killed by the great Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, it virtually disappeared from our national consciousness, not to mention our...

Promoting tolerance

Bakshi, Kelly  Roots of RacismMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/EssentialBlakemore, M. T.  White PrivilegeMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/EssentialBurling, Alexis  Race in the Criminal Justice SystemMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/EssentialEboch, M. M.  Race and EconomicsMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/EssentialEdwards, Sue Bradford  What Are Race...

Empowering girls and women

Conkling, Winifred  Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the BallotMiddle school, high school    310 pp.    AlgonquinThis fascinating chronological account of the bumpy road to women's suffrage in the U.S. begins with the 1848 Women's Rights Convention and culminates with ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Over half the...

Election Day 2018

Harris, Duchess  Freedom of ReligionMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/EssentialHarris, Duchess, with Kari A. Cornell  Freedom of the PressMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/EssentialHarris, Duchess  Governmental Checks and BalancesMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/EssentialHarris, Duchess, with Rebecca Morris  The Right to Bear ArmsMiddle school, high school    112...

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

Election Day 2018American Values and Freedoms seriesHarris, Duchess  Freedom of ReligionMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential    2017Library binding ISBN 978-1-5321-1299-7Ebook ISBN 978-1-5321-5187-3Harris, Duchess, with Kari A. Cornell  Freedom of the PressMiddle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential    2017Library binding ISBN 978-1-5321-1300-0Ebook ISBN 978-1-5321-5188-0Harris, Duchess  Governmental Checks and BalancesMiddle school,...

Planetary science

Fishman, Seth  A Hundred Billion Trillion StarsGr. K–3     40 pp.     Greenwillow2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book. Illustrated by Isabel Greenberg. Fishman and Greenberg engagingly highlight the wondrousness of numbers, stars, and just about everything about our home planet. Fishman exchanges science writing's traditional stiffness for a confiding tone. Greenberg,...

Incarceration and redemption

Slater, Dashka  The 57 BusHigh school     306 pp.     Farrar2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book. In 2013, on the 57 bus in Oakland, California, African American teen Richard, egged on by friends, set white, genderqueer teen Sasha's gauzy skirt on fire. Sasha survived but sustained third-degree burns; Richard was arrested...

Trailblazing Latinx women

Quintero, Isabel  Photographic: The Life of Graciela IturbideMiddle school, high school     96 pp.     Getty2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award winner. Illustrated by Zeke Peña. Photographer Iturbide’s story is told in comic-panel format, with striking black-and-white illustrations, high-quality reproductions of her own photographs, and spare first-person narration drawing upon her writing...

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

Psychology, emotions, and wellnessSavvy: Stress-Busting Survival Guides seriesAndrus, Aubre  Happiness Hacks: How to Find Energy & InspirationWith Karen Bluth; illustrated by Veronica CollignonGr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.     Capstone     2017Library binding ISBN 978-1-5157-6820-3Andrus, Aubre  Me Time: How to Manage a Busy LifeWith Karen Bluth; illustrated by Veronica CollignonGr. 4–6, middle...

Engineering and technology

Bernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Bridge ProjectsGr. K–3     32 pp.     ABDO/Super SandCastleBernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Canal ProjectsGr. K–3     32 pp.     ABDO/Super SandCastleBernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Dam ProjectsGr. K–3     32 pp.     ABDO/Super SandCastleBernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Road ProjectsGr. K–3     32 pp.     ABDO/Super SandCastleBernhardt, Carolyn  Engineer It! Skyscraper ProjectsGr. K–3     32 pp.     ABDO/Super...

Pollution and conservation

Barker, David M.  E-WasteMiddle school, high school112 pp.     ABDO/Essential LibraryHand, Carol  Melting Arctic IceMiddle school, high school112 pp.     ABDO/Essential LibraryPerdew, Laura  The California DroughtMiddle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential LibraryPerdew, Laura  The Great Pacific Garbage PatchMiddle school, high school     112 pp. ABDO/Essential LibraryEcological Disasters series. Contemporary threats to ecological...

Refugees and immigrants

Currie, Stephen  Undocumented Immigrant YouthMiddle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePointForgotten Youth series. Currie describes the experiences of children who come to America illegally, either with or without their parents. Using statistics and first-person accounts, the presentation documents the difficulties encountered, including fear of detection and deportation, problems involving detention...

Adolescence and sexuality

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Bialik, Mayim  Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and SpectacularMiddle school, high school     179 pp.     PhilomelThis volume covers changing anatomy, physical and emotional development, common setbacks, and the importance of mindfulness and responsible decision-making on the journey from child to young woman. Scientist/actor Bialik's breezy yet intimate voice addresses...

Psychology, emotions, and wellness

Andrus, Aubre  Happiness Hacks: How to Find Energy & InspirationGr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.     CapstoneAndrus, Aubre  Me Time: How to Manage a Busy LifeGr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.      CapstoneAndrus, Aubre Stress Less: How to Achieve Inner Calm & RelaxationGr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.     CapstoneIllustrated by Veronica Collignon....

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

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CodingCoding Projects in Python: A Step-By-Step Visual Guide to Creating Your Own Python ProjectsGr. 4–6     DK     224 pp.      2017Library binding ISBN 978-0-606-40124-1Paperback ISBN 978-1-4654-6188-9Kelly, James Floyd  The Story of Coding [DK Readers series]Gr. K–3     DK     48 pp.     2017Library binding ISBN 978-1-4654-6231-2Paperback ISBN 978-1-4654-6242-8Kids Get Coding seriesLyons, Heather  Coding in the...

National Poetry Month 2018

Alexander, Kwame  Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and PicturesGr. K–3     48 pp.     National GeographicPhotographs by Joel Sartore. With Mary Rand Hess and Deanna Nikaido. Striking, detailed photographs of animals appear against black or white backgrounds as descriptive, sometimes metaphorical text plays loosely with the haiku form. Word...

Photography

Burgan, Michael  Ali's Knockout Punch: How a Photograph Stunned the Boxing WorldGr. 4–6, middle school     64 pp.     Capstone/Compass PointSmith-Llera, Danielle  Black Power Salute: How a Photograph Captured a Political ProtestGr. 4–6, middle school     64 pp.     Capstone/Compass PointCaptured History: Sports series. These volumes each examine the impact of a single famous...

Physics

Adler, David A.  Magnets Push, Magnets PullGr. K–3     32 pp.     HolidayIllustrated by Anna Raff. This informative, interactive exploration of magnets and magnetism encourages readers to track down materials and investigate on their own. Each physics concept is carefully explained at just the right level and anchored in visible phenomena. Adler...

Spies, ciphers, and drones

Burrows, Terry  Codes, Ciphers, and Cartography: Math Goes to WarGr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.     LernerBurrows, Terry  Robots, Drones, and Radar: Electronics Go to WarGr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.     LernerSTEM on the Battlefield series. Each book in this series discusses how a field of STEM has been instrumental —...

Coding

Coding Projects in Python: A Step-By-Step Visual Guide to Creating Your Own Python ProjectsGr. 4–6     DK     224 pp.With clear instructions and concise explanations, this guide introduces the Python coding language, supporting learners as they install the appropriate version, learn basic skills, and create increasingly advanced projects. The clean layout, direct...

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...

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

Writing and reportingBodden, Valerie  The Muckrakers: Ida Tarbell Takes on Big Business [Hidden Heroes]Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library      2017Library binding ISBN 978-1-68078-388-9Ebook ISBN 978-1-68079-741-1Giff, Patricia Reilly  Writing with Rosie: You Can Write a Story TooGr. 4–6     69 pp.     Holiday     2016Trade ISBN 978-0-8234-3656-9Macy, Sue  Miss Mary Reporting:...

Native American history

Burling, Alexis  Occupying Alcatraz: Native American Activists Demand ChangeMiddle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential LibraryHidden Heroes series. Well-paced chapters with archival photos examine Native American activists' first attempt to occupy Alcatraz in 1964, the history of their struggles with non-Native settlers and the U.S. government, and the seeds of...

Insects and invertebrates

Aston, Dianna Hutts  A Beetle Is ShyGr. K–3     40 pp.     ChronicleIllustrated by Sylvia Long. Larger-than-life watercolor illustrations of colorful, gem-like beetles are framed by poetic text describing their features and behaviors. This exploration of beetle biodiversity showcases their "kaleidoscopic" colors; their range of stature ("A beetle is colossal... / or...

Geology

Baxter, Roberta  Sedimentary RocksGr. 4–6     24 pp.     Child'sMcCarthy, Cecilia Pinto  Metamorphic RocksGr. 4–6     24 pp.     Child'sWatts, Pam  The Rock CycleGr. 4–6     24 pp.     Child'sYork, M. J.  Igneous RocksGr. 4–6     24 pp.     Child'sGeology Rocks! series. These books present middle graders with basic information about rocks (in somewhat choppy texts); Cycle focuses...

School days 2017

Allman, Toney  Food in SchoolsGr. 4–6, middle school   64 pp.     NorwoodMatters of Opinion series. This book examines three school lunch–related issues: what should be served, how much government control there should be, and what the schools' involvement in nutrition should be. In addition to the pros and cons of each and...

Writing and reporting

Bodden, Valerie  The Muckrakers: Ida Tarbell Takes on Big BusinessMiddle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential LibraryHidden Heroes series. The life and work of journalist Ida Tarbell is just one of several topics in this inspiring and accessible volume. Bodden also examines the history of investigative journalism and its impact...

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

Harvest and agricultureEliot, Hannah  Carrots Like Peas: And Other Fun FactsIllustrated by Aaron SpurgeonGr. K–3     32 pp.     Little Simon     2015Trade ISBN 978-1-4814-3541-3Paperback ISBN 978-1-4814-3540-6Ebook ISBN 978-1-4814-3542-0Food Matters seriesFelix, Rebecca  Eating EthicallyGr. 4–6, middle school      48 pp.     ABDO/Core Library     2015Library binding ISBN 978-1-62403-861-7Laine, Carolee  Food Safety BasicsGr. 4–6, middle school      48...

Photographers

Aronson, Marc and Budhos, Marina  Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern PhotojournalismHigh school     294 pp.     HoltThis biography begins with the D-Day landing, then flashes back and follows Capa and Taro through the development of photojournalism, including their documentation of the Spanish Civil War....

Extreme weather

Arnosky, Jim  Frozen Wild: How Animals Survive in the Coldest Places on EarthGr. 4–6     32 pp.     SterlingHow do animals survive the piercing cold and ice of winter? Arnosky invites readers to learn with his signature combination of detailed pencil sketches, colorful paintings, and a conversational narrative. Foldout spreads reveal Arctic...

Harvest and agriculture

Eliot, Hannah  Carrots Like Peas: And Other Fun FactsGr. K–3     32 pp.     Little SimonIllustrated by Aaron Spurgeon. Did You Know? series. Loosely linking quirky, random facts about food, Eliot begins on the farm ("Carrots and peas help each other grow"). The conversational text then samples "movie foods" (popcorn, candy), ice...

Fascinating facts

Bradford, Wade  Around the World in a Bathtub: Bathing All Over the GlobeGr. K–3     32 pp.     CharlesbridgeIllustrated by Micha Archer. Children worldwide react the same way to bathtime, according to this gently humorous and engaging look at different bathing rituals. The familiar scenario — in which a child evades with...

Our universe

Bellisario, Gina  To Mars!Illustrated by Mike MoranGr. K–3     24 pp.     MillbrookBellisario, Gina  To Planet Earth!Illustrated by Paula BeckerGr. K–3     24 pp.     MillbrookBellisario, Gina  To the Stars!Illustrated by Mike MoranGr. K–3     24 pp.    MillbrookShepherd, Jodie  To the Moon!Illustrated by Mike ByrneGr. K–3     24 pp.     MillbrookShepherd, Jodie  To the Sun!Illustrated by Paula...

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

Children around the worldDiaz, Natalia and Owens, Melissa  A Ticket Around the WorldIllustrated by Kim SmithGr. K–3     32 pp.     Owlkids     2015Trade ISBN 978-1-77147-051-3Lamothe, Matt  This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the WorldGr. K–3     48 pp.     Chronicle     2017Trade ISBN 978-1-4521-5018-5Lonely Planet...

Outdoor activities

Buchmann, Stephen Honey Bees: Letters from the HiveMiddle school, high school     213 pp.     DelacorteIn this adaptation of his adult book Letters from the Hive, bee scientist and beekeeper Buchmann details the history of humans and honey. The informative text touches on such topics as technological developments in beekeeping, bee species...

Paleontology

Alonso, Juan Carlos and Paul, Gregory S.  The Late Jurassic: Notes, Drawings, and Observations from PrehistoryGr. 4–6     113 pp.     Walter FosterIllustrated by Juan Carlos Alonso. Ancient Earth Journal series. Dinosaur species that lived 162–145 million years ago are documented in gorgeous, detailed illustrations set on pages like a naturalist's journal....

Awe-inspiring athletes

Ancona, George  Boys Dancing: From School Gym to Theater StageGr. K–3     48 pp.     CandlewickFollow four boys as they rehearse for the National Dance Institute of New Mexico's multi-school literature-themed recital. Ancona shows the joy, as well as the hard work, discipline, and strength of this art form. Large color photos...

Women in computing

Edwards, Sue Bradford and Harris, Duchess  Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASAMiddle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential LibraryHidden Heroes series. This well-researched volume examines the overlooked history of black women who worked for NASA as "human computers." Despite their essential research and diligence, the women faced segregation...

Children around the world

Diaz, Natalia and Owens, Melissa  A Ticket Around the WorldGr. K–3     32 pp.     OwlkidsIllustrated by Kim Smith. A backpack-wearing cartoon boy invites readers to join him on a varied trip around the world, visiting friends in thirteen countries and partaking in bustling events such as Carnival and Botswana Day. Each...

Pride Month 2017

Bausum, Ann  Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay RightsMiddle school, high school     120 pp.     Viking    2016Bausum 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)...

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

LaborBrown, Monica  Side by Side / Lado a lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and César Chavéz / La historia de Dolores Huerta y César ChávezIllustrated by Joe Cepeda; translated by Carolina ValenciaGr. K–3     32 pp.      HarperCollins/Rayo      2010Trade ISBN 978-0-06-122781-3Farrell, Mary Cronk  Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman's Courage in the...

Wonderful world of math

AdBåge, Emma  Outdoor Math: Fun Activities for Every SeasonGr. K–3     24 pp.     Kids CanIn this Swedish import, two dozen or so simple activities, organized seasonally, are designed to reinforce basic mathematical concepts (counting, shapes, etc.); unpretentious vignettes feature children happily engaged in the tasks at hand. Many of the activities...

Short story collections

Healy, Nick, ed.  Love & Profanity: A Collection of True, Tortured, Wild, Hilarious, Concise, and Intense Tales of Teenage LifeMiddle school, high school     223 pp.     Capstone/SwitchWith Kristen Mohn, Nate LeBoutillier, and Lindsy O'Brien. This collection of forty-three autobiographical short stories runs the gamut of high-school topics: family, friends, class, crushes,...

Labor

Brown, Monica  Side by Side / Lado a lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and César Chavéz / La historia de Dolores Huerta y César ChávezGr. K–3     32 pp.      HarperCollins/RayoIllustrated by Joe Cepeda. Translated by Carolina Valencia. Brown makes a significant contribution to the increasing number of books about César...

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

Women in STEAMBurleigh, Robert  Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean FloorIllustrated by Raúl ColónGr. K–3, 4–6     40 pp.     Simon/Wiseman     2016Trade ISBN 978-1-4814-1600-9Ebook ISBN 978-1-4814-1601-6Conkling, Winifred  Radioactive!: How Irène Curie & Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science & Changed the WorldMiddle school, high school     227 pp.     Algonquin     2016Trade...

Collective biographies

Esbaum, Jill  Little Kids First Big Book of WhoGr. K–3    128 pp.    National GeographicFirst Big Books series. This colorful, oversize book features concise but engaging bios of some of the world's most well-known artists, inventors, scientists, explorers, and human-rights leaders. Information about each individual is presented in accessible language geared...

Spring into poetry

Bodden, Valerie  Finding the Rhyme in a PoemIllustrated by Monique FelixGr. K–3     24 pp.     Creative EducationBodden, Valerie Picturing Words in a PoemIllustrated by Monique FelixGr. K–3     24 pp.     Creative EducationBodden, Valerie  Poking Fun in a PoemIllustrated by Etienne DelessertGr. K–3     24 pp.     Creative EducationBodden, Valerie Who Is a Poet?Illustrated by...

Kids and computing

Anniss, Matt  Make a Podcast!Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     ArcturusAnniss, Matt  Start a Blog!Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     ArcturusFind Your Talent series. General directions, some of which seems like common sense, guide readers through creating a web presence. Anecdotal snippets about already established and popular sites add interest to the occasionally contradictory...

Environmental activism

Drummond, Allan  Green City: How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable FutureGr. K–3    40 pp.     Farrar/FosterOn May 4, 2007, a tornado leveled Greensburg, Kansas. The citizens who stayed decided to rebuild a community as environmentally sound as possible. Drummond creates a first-person narrator from a composite...

Women in STEAM

Burleigh, Robert  Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean FloorGr. K–3, 4–6     40 pp.     Simon/WisemanIllustrated by Raúl Colón. This book spotlights groundbreaking scientist Marie Tharp, the oceanographic cartographer whose mapping of the Atlantic seafloor yielded key evidence confirming the theory of continental drift. Tharp holds the...

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...

Books mentioned in the November 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Native American Heritage MonthBehnke, Alison  A Timeline History of the Trail of Tears [Timeline Trackers: Westward Expansion series]Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Lerner     2015Library binding ISBN 978-1-4677-8582-2Paperback ISBN 978-1-4677-8640-9Ebook ISBN 978-1-4677-8641-6Peoples of North America seriesBodden, Valerie  ApacheGr. 4–6     48 pp.     Creative Education     2015Library binding ISBN 978-1-60818-550-4Paperback ISBN 978-1-62832-151-7Bodden, Valerie  CherokeeGr. 4–6     ...

Music makers

Deans, Karen  Swing Sisters: The Story of the International Sweethearts of RhythmGr. K–3     32 pp.     HolidayIllustrated by Joe Cepeda. This book recounts the highs (performing for soldiers overseas) and lows (dealing with Jim Crow laws in the South) for the Sweethearts, an all-female jazz band started in 1939 at a...

Psychology and empowerment

Cain, Susan  Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of IntrovertsGr. 4–6     259 pp.     DialIllustrated by Grant Snider. With Gregory Mone and Erica Moroz. This distillation of the concepts in Cain's adult book Quiet focuses on situations likely to affect kids and teens, with anecdotes from young introverts. Quiet Power discusses the...

Feminism

Braun, Eric  Loretta Lynch: First African American Woman Attorney GeneralGr. 4–6     48 pp.     LernerRoland, James  Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Iconic Supreme Court JusticeGr. 4–6     48 pp.     LernerGateway Biographies series. Two high-achieving women are portrayed fairly, with equal attention paid to their personal and professional lives. Ginsburg's story spans her childhood in...

American immigration

Coy, John  Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New LandGr. K–3, 4–6, middle school     32 pp.     CarolrhodaPhotographs by Wing Young Huie. A short poetic text focuses on both the difficulties and rewards of immigrant life. Poignant black-and-white and color photos, taken over thirty years in Huie's home...

Native American Heritage Month

Behnke, Alison  A Timeline History of the Trail of TearsGr. K–3     48 pp.     LernerTimeline Trackers: Westward Expansion series. This entry in the approachable series examines events surrounding the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their land. From the arrival of the first Europeans through the Trail of Tears and...

Books mentioned in the October 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Presidential biographiesPresidential Powerhouses seriesBrennan, Linda Crotta  Franklin D. Roosevelt's PresidencyMiddle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner     2016Library binding ISBN 978-1-4677-7928-9Ebook ISBN 978-1-4677-8549-5Goddu, Krystyna Poray  George Washington's PresidencyMiddle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner     2016Library binding ISBN 978-1-4677-7924-1Ebook ISBN 978-1-4677-8598-3Rowell, Rebecca  John F. Kennedy's PresidencyMiddle school, high school     104 pp.     Lerner...

Blood and gore (for Halloween!)

Bedell, J. M.  So, You Want to Work with the Ancient and Recent Dead?: Unearthing Careers from Paleontology to Forensic ScienceGr. 4–6, middle school     248 pp.     Simon/Aladdin/Beyond WordsBe What You Want series. "Think your Goth lifestyle is a predictor of your future vocation"? This broad series installment examines fields centered...
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