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Review of The Flying Girl: How Aída de Acosta Learned to Soar

The Flying Girl: How Aída de Acosta Learned to Soar by Margarita Engle; 

illus. by Sara Palacios Primary    Atheneum    40 pp. 3/18    978-1-4814-4502-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-4503-0    $10.99 In this slightly fictionalized account (with brief invented dialogue) Engle and Palacios introduce readers to Aída de Acosta (1884–1962), who defied the sexist attitudes of her era […]

A book for small hands

I’ve been following the criticism of Scholastic’s biography of Trump for younger children, President Donald Trump, with interest but I only got a hold of a copy today, and thank you, Scholastic, for sharing it. By Joanne Mattern and illustrated with photographs, President Donald Trump is in the Rookie Biography series published by Children’s Press, a […]

Review of Libba: The Magnificent Musical 

Life of Elizabeth Cotten

Libba: The Magnificent Musical 

Life of Elizabeth Cotten by Laura Veirs; 

illus. by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh Primary    Chronicle    48 pp. 1/18    978-1-4521-4857-1    $17.99 In this picture-book biography of 
folk musician Elizabeth Cotten (1893–1987), a straightforward narrative describes her modest upbringing in rural North Carolina, where “Libba” taught herself to play her brother’s right-handed guitar despite having […]

Summer science

These new books for primary readers present scientifically accurate information about the birds and the bees (and the snails, and the…hippos?) with engaging formats and plenty of humor. In the factual and funny A Round of Robins, sixteen brief, easy-to-read poems follow a pair of robin parents as they raise their chicks. Author Katie Hesterman […]

2018 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners extras

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Boston Globe Foundation president Emily Procknal announced the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 31st, 2018, via Facebook Live. A winner and two honor books were selected in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction. You can watch the announcement video here and […]

Review of The Creativity Project

The Creativity Project edited by Colby Sharp Intermediate    Little, Brown    278 pp. 3/18    978-0-316-50781-3    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-50778-3    $9.99 It’s a good premise. Forty-four contemporary children’s book people each contribute a writing prompt. Then each one responds to someone else’s prompt. The result is a combination anthology and inspiring craft manual. It’s diverse all ’round, […]

Reviews of the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award Winner and Honor Books

Nonfiction Winner Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero; illus. by Zeke Peña Middle School, High School     Getty     95 pp. 3/18     978-1-94744-000-5     $19.95 [review to come]       Honor Books The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater High School    Farrar    306 pp. 10/17    978-0-374-30323-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-374-30325-9    $9.99 It was late afternoon […]

Review of Champion: The Comeback of the 

American Chestnut Tree

Champion: The Comeback of the 

American Chestnut Tree by Sally M. Walker Intermediate, Middle School    Holt    136 pp. 3/18    978-1-250-12523-1    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-12524-8    $9.99 The American chestnut tree once dotted the landscape in the eastern United States, but a mysterious blight began to wipe the trees out in the early twentieth century due to […]

Review of All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage 

Barge and Our Problem with Stuff

All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage 

Barge and Our Problem with Stuff by Meghan McCarthy; 

illus. by the author Primary    Wiseman/Simon    48 pp. 2/18    978-1-4814-7752-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-7753-6    $10.99 McCarthy sets her historical scene 
with three iconic 1980s images: a “speedy white car,” “boxy-looking computers,” and “big hair,” all depicted in […]

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

Psychology, emotions, and wellness Savvy: Stress-Busting Survival Guides series Andrus, Aubre  Happiness Hacks: How to Find Energy & Inspiration With Karen Bluth; illustrated by Veronica Collignon Gr. 4–6, middle school     48 pp.     Capstone     2017 Library binding ISBN 978-1-5157-6820-3 Andrus, Aubre  Me Time: How to Manage a Busy Life With Karen Bluth; illustrated by Veronica Collignon […]