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

General knowledge 13½ Incredible Things You Need to Know About Everything Gr. 4–6, middle school     176 pp.     DK     2017 Trade ISBN 978-1-4654-6112-4 DiPiazza, Francesca Davis  Fandom: Fic Writers, Vidders, Gamers, Artists, and Cosplayers Middle school, high school     120 pp.     Twenty-First Century     2018 Trade ISBN 978-1-5124-5049-1 Ebook ISBN 978-1-5124-9887-5 Esbaum, Jill  Little Kids First Big Book […]

Graphic biographies and memoirs

Agrimbau, Diego  Anne Frank Illustrated by Fabián Mezquita. Gr. 4–6     80 pp.     Capstone Agrimbau, Diego  Leonardo da Vinci Illustrated by Diego Aballay. Gr. 4–6     80 pp.     Capstone Graphic 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 […]

Weather and climate

de Seve, Karen  Little Kids First Big Book of Weather Gr. K–3     128 pp.     National Geographic A 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, and sidebars throughout […]

Exploring our oceans

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

General knowledge

13½ Incredible Things You Need to Know About Everything Gr. 4–6, middle school     176 pp.     DK This 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 photos compete for […]

Why Stop at Windows and Mirrors?: Children’s Book Prisms

It has been twenty-nine years since Rudine Sims Bishop’s seminal essay “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” was published. Speaking to the lack of children’s books with African American characters and themes, the essay called for books to act as windows and mirrors that would allow all children to see themselves and the experiences of […]

Non-snoozy storytimes

Need some inspiration for a new year of storytimes? Learn how to shake things up with Julie Roach’s classic tips for reading aloud, then choose one of these lively new picture books and invite participants to vroom, roar, bark, and awoooooooo along. The latest of Kate and Jim McMullan’s things-that-go books, I’m Tough!, stars a […]

Schemers, sleuths, and spies

The familiar characters and structures of these early-chapter-book series entries will help emerging readers build confidence; plots featuring mysteries and madcap plans will keep them turning pages. The Infamous Ratsos return in Project Fluffy. BMOC Chuck Wood seeks Louie Ratso’s advice in winning over his crush, Fluffy Rabbitski. Thrilled by Chuck’s attention, Louie outlines a […]

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

Five questions for Caroline Cala Best Babysitters Ever by Caroline Cala, Houghton, 10–12 years. Non-snoozy storytimes  I’m Tough! by Kate McMullan, illus. by Jim McMullan, HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, 3–5 years. Bigger Than You by Hyewon Kyung, Greenwillow, 3–5 years. Bark Park! by Trudy Krisher, illus. by Brooke Boynton-Hughes, Simon/Beach Lane, 3–5 years. Lost and Found […]

Eye-opening history

The following works of narrative nonfiction for middle schoolers and high schoolers focus on events that may be overlooked by school curricula but can help make history come alive. In 1873, a mob of armed white men massacred more than one hundred black “freedmen” in the town of Colfax in central Louisiana. In his book […]