Nonfiction Authors in Person: Sandra Markle, Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer

I am just back from children’s book paradise, or in this case the Tucson Festival of Books. This is the fourth largest book festival in the United States and it is only in the 6th year. It is held on … Continue reading






Exploring Minnesota’s Wildlife through Children’s Books

Minnesota is the land of prairies, lakes and coniferous forests known as the North Woods. Children can learn more about the diverse animals and plants that live in Minnesota through picture books like these: Coming out April 15, 2014 is … Continue reading






Spring Cleaning and Children’s Books by States

This weekend I was doing a spring-cleaning project (more about that below) and found some books that would also be appropriate for Women’s History Month. The books highlight the lives of Helen Keller, Rosa Parks and Claudette Colvin.  Do you … Continue reading






Plastic, Ahoy!: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Have you heard about the huge patches of plastic debris that have accumulated in our oceans?  Plastic, Ahoy!: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Patricia Newman, with photographs by Annie Crawley is a middle grade book that follows three … Continue reading