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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 […]

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 […]

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

Religions of the world Darvic, Debra B.  We Are Jewish Faces Gr. PS, K–3     32 pp.     Behrman/Apples     2018 Trade ISBN 978-1-68115-536-4 Gilani-Williams, Fawzia  Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam Illustrated by Chiara Fedele Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Kar-Ben     2017 Library binding ISBN 978-1-4677-8938-7 Paperback ISBN 978-1-4677-9423-7 Ebook ISBN 978-1-5124-2717-2 Jordan, Deloris  A Child’s Book of Prayers […]

Myths and folktales around the world

Bowles, David  Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico Middle school, high school     303 pp.     Cinco In 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 Maya perspectives. Background […]

Natural history of our world

Brake, Mark  The Big Earth Book: How Our Planet Was Shaped by Earth, Air, Fire, and Wind Gr. 4–6     256 pp.     Lonely Planet Illustrated 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.” Organized into sections […]

Protecting our world

Amstutz, Lisa J.  Bringing Back Our Freshwater Lakes Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Hand, Carol  Bringing Back Our Oceans Middle school, high school      112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Hand, Carol  Bringing Back Our Tropical Forests Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential MacCarald, Clara  Bringing Back Our Deserts Middle school, high school     112 pp. […]

Religions of the world

Darvic, Debra B.  We Are Jewish Faces Gr. 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, etc. — and […]

Plagues and medical breakthroughs

Davis, Kenneth C.  More Deadly Than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War Middle school, high school    291 pp.    Holt Despite 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 history books. Then, […]

Promoting tolerance

Bakshi, Kelly  Roots of Racism Middle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential Blakemore, M. T.  White Privilege Middle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential Burling, Alexis  Race in the Criminal Justice System Middle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential Eboch, M. M.  Race and Economics Middle school, high school    112 pp.    ABDO/Essential Edwards, Sue Bradford  […]