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Review of He Has Shot the President! April 14th, 1865: The Day John Wilkes Booth Killed President Lincoln

He Has Shot the President! April 14, 1865: The Day John 
Wilkes Booth Killed President 
Lincoln [Actual Times] by Don Brown; illus. by the author Intermediate    Roaring Brook    64 pp. 4/14    978-1-59643-224-6    $17.99    g This fifth entry in Brown’s Actual Times series (including All Stations Distress, rev. 9/08) begins on April 14, 1865, the day […]

Books for Presidents’ Day

Recommended reading for Presidents’ Day. From the January 2013 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

Guess who else is getting sworn in today?

  This post is part of our ongoing KidLit Election 2012 coverage. For candidate platforms, debates, and more, click on the tag KidLit Election 2012.

Disney American Presidents app review

The cleverly designed Disney American Presidents app (Disney Learning, October 2012) invites users to peruse “The Unofficial Oval Office Scrapbook.” A scrapbook-like spread devoted to each president features the man’s portrait, birth and death dates, signature, and awards received. A “bookmark” sidebar provides his presidential number, term(s) served, corresponding historical era, party, vice president(s), and […]

Election booklist

The books recommended below were reviewed by The Horn Book Magazine. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.   Primary Suggested grade level for each entry: K–3 Our Abe Lincoln: An Old Tune with New Lyrics written by Jim Aylesworth; illus. by Barbara McClintock (Scholastic) New verses to a Lincoln […]

Review of The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems about the Presidents

The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems about the Presidents by Susan Katz; illus. by Robert Neubecker Primary, Intermediate     Clarion     64 pp. 2/12     978-0-547-18221-6     $17.99 In forty-three poems, Katz gives each of our U.S. presidents their due. She concentrates on little-known facts (William McKinley taught his parrot “Yankee Doodle”) but often slips in […]

Picture books for Presidents’ Day

In time for Presidents’ Day observations, these new books give elementary-age readers insight into three towering figures in American history. In George Washington’s Birthday: A Mostly True Tale, Margaret McNamara debunks the famous cherry tree fable plus others, intermingling them with real facts to imagine Washington’s seventh birthday. Boxed notes distinguish truth from fancy, and […]

>I like a man with a sense of humor, and this one is going to need it.

>The Times reports that Mr. President has retaken his oath: For their do-over, the two men convened in the White House Map Room at 7:35 p.m. for a brief proceeding that was not announced until it was completed successfully. “Are you ready to take the oath?” Chief Justice Roberts said. “I am,” Mr. Obama replied. […]

New Notes from the Horn Book

The latest issue of Notes celebrates the new year with a look at firsts: first novels, first chapters, pioneering thinkers, and that chicken-and-the-egg conundrum. We’ve also got an interview with first-time novelist Sally Nicholls. Also, Claire inaugurates her monthly booklists with American Presidents.