Nonfiction Monday For July 22, 2013



Let’s celebrate all the bloggers who are sharing children’s nonfiction books today:

Note:  Title links lead to the book review.



Reshama leaves us gasping for breath with America’s Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle by David A. Adler and illustrated by Terry Widener over at Stacking Books.


After listening to the audiobook version of Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steven Sheinkin, Lisa’s review has a big impact at Shelf-employed.



Writing at NC Teacher Stuff, Jeff has built a strong review of Colosseum by Simon Rose.


Myra from Gathering Books is offering Maya Soetoro-Ng’s beautiful tribute to her mother, Ladder to the Moon, illustrated by Yuyi Morales.


Who wouldn’t be captivated by that cover? MotherReader is sharing the book Zooborns: The Next Generation by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland today.


Jennifer questions the audience for the upper middle grade/young adult nonfiction graphic novel Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks at Jean Little Library.



Louise investigates the newest in the Scientists in the Field series, The Tapir Scientist: Saving South America’s Largest Mammal by Sy Montgomery and photographs by Nic Bishop on The Nonfiction Detectives blog.



Writing at Kid Lit About Politics, Liz supports Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President by Ann Malaspina and illustrated by Steve James.


Jeanne of True Tales & A Cherry On Top hits one out of the ballpark with Becoming Babe Ruth by author/illustrator Matt Tavares.



Janet explores Even an Octopus Needs a Home by Irene Kelly at All About the Books with Janet Squires.


At Sonder Books, Sondra recommends the biography of ground-breaking children’s librarian Anne Carroll Moore,  Miss Moore Thought Otherwise:  How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough and 
illustrated by Debby Atwell.



Abby uncovers the story of the baseball player Kenichi Zenimura, who created a place to play baseball in an isolated internment camp in Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss and illustrated by Yuko Shimizu at Abby the Librarian.


At Growing with Science, I have What’s the Difference Between a Butterfly and a Moth? (What’s the Difference?) by Robin Michal Koontz and illustrated by Bandelin-Dacey (2009) and other books to mark National Moth Week, July 20-28. 2013.


Thanks to everyone who took time out of their busy day to share a nonfiction children’s book.

Do you have any reviews of STEM books to share? On July 26, 2013 I will also be hosting STEM Friday.  If you would like, stop on over and leave a link or check out what we have to offer. We’d love to hear from you!


Nonfiction Monday is a blogging celebration of nonfiction books for kids. We invite you to join us. For more information and a schedule, stop by Booktalking to see who is hosting each week.

Today’s round up is here!

Nonfiction Monday Is Here Today


 Last week was a busy one, with the announcement of the Cybils winners, plus International Book Giving Day. Kudos to everyone who found creative ways to celebrate.

Hope you had a wonderful President’s Day!


(Title links go to the review post) splash2

Jeanne from True Tales & A Cherry On Top starts us out today with A Splash of Red:  The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet, a biography that is the result of a unique collaboration between the author and the illustrator.


Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball (written by John Coy and illustrated by Joe Morse) is the awesome title featured this week by Laura at laurasalas.


 In a perfect choice for President’s Day, Jeff at NC Teacher Stuff has Master George’s People: George Washington, His Slaves, and His Revolutionary Transformation by Marfe Ferguson Delano and illustrated by Lori Epstein. Discussing how George Washington’s views on slavery changed throughout his lifetime, this book is for readers aged 10 +.


Here at Wrapped In Foil, we also have a title for President’s Day, Thomas Jefferson for Kids: His Life and Times with 21 Activities by Brandon Marie Miller.

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Alex at Randomly Reading celebrates Black History Month with a biography for ages 10+, Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad by David A. Adler.



At Hope is the Word, Amy honors a Cybils nominee  Eggs 1, 2, 3:  Who Will the Babies Be? by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by Betsy Thompson, which is a lift-a-flap picture book for the youngest set.



Lisa has discovered a gorgeous new book, Peace by Wendy Anderson Halpin at Shelf-employed. The accompanying website has activity suggestions, too.


Can all that ice in winter be useful? You’ll find out in ICE! The Amazing History of the Ice Business by Laurence Pringle, reviewed by Sue writing at Sally’s Bookshelf.


We all could use a little laugh sometimes, and Abby at Abby the Librarian has found a solution with The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer with illustrations by Stacy Innerst.


Alicia highlights a 2013 Batchelder Honor book for 7th grade or older, A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return by Zeina Abirached at LibraiYAn.


At Booktalking Anastasia is sharing a book for President’s Day, US Presidents: The Oval Office All-Stars by Simon Basher and Dan Green.


In a look towards spring, Debra at The Swimmer Writer offers the colorful board book Boats On the River by Peter Mandel.

Jennifer at Jean Little Library is also thinking of spring with a look at The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons.


In a perfect book for Black History Month, Cindy says Bookends is blogging Tanya Lee Stone’s Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickels,  America’s First Black Paratroopers today.


At Apples with Many Seeds Tammy has a list of 10 nonfiction picture books that are essential in her workshops, including Trout Are Made of Trees  by April Pulley Sayre.


Lightning, Hurricanes, and Blizzards: The Science of Storms by Paul Fleisher is Janet’s selection today at All about Books with Janet Squires. 


Sondy at Sonder Books has the Pura Belpre Illustration Award Winner, Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert by Gary D. Schmidt, illustrated by David Diaz, a biography about the life of a saint.


At Biblio File Jennie has selected a YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults nominee, Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery.




Thank you to everyone who participated today.

Nonfiction Monday is a blogging celebration of nonfiction books for kids. We invite you to join us. For more information and a schedule, stop by Booktalking to see who is hosting each week.

Nonfiction Monday December 10, 2012

A sincere thank you to everyone who chose to celebrate children’s nonfiction today by taking time to create a blog post, even though it is an incredibly busy time of year. Kudos!

(Links to the book titles take you to the full review.)


Lisa is up first this morning at Shelf-employed with The Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure. She says that she reflects “on my own personal recollections of the disease – from the days of sticking American Lung Association ‘Christmas seals’ on our cards and letters to the day when my youngest child received his ‘bubble test.’ Tuberculosis – it’s been with us all since the beginning and we haven’t stopped it yet – a frightening and fascinating topic.”


Writing at Sally’s Bookshelf, Sue joins us today with Far from Shore: Chronicles of an Open Ocean Voyage. Artist/author/biologist Sophie Webb describes and paints her adventures aboard her research vessel during a true-life cruise through the Pacific.



At A Teaching Life, Tara is sharing a book about the immigrant experience in America with a different mirror : A History of Multicultural America for Young People by Ronald Takaki adapted by Rebecca Stefoff.



Jeanne reviews The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau at True Tales & A Cherry On Top.  Did you know that “Henri Rousseau began painting at age forty without formal training, and his art was ridiculed year after year(?) But he kept painting because that is what he loved to do. As he said to a journalist, ‘I don’t know if you’re like me … but when I go into the glass houses and I see the strange plants of exotic lands, it seems to me that I enter into a dream. I feel that I’m somebody else completely.’ Rousseau’s story captures the power of imagination!”


Amy says her 7-year-old daughter devoured the terrific beginning reader nonfiction picture book, Castle: How It Works by David Macaulay with Sheila Keenan, reviewed at Hope Is the Word.

Debbie of The Swimmer Writer takes a look at Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives
 by Gene Barretta. She reports this is not a traditional biography of Thomas Edison, but instead it discusses the impact his inventions had on our lives.


At Supratentorial, Alice and her family enjoyed Minette’s Feast, a fantastic new biography of Julia Child. (Minette is one lucky cat.)


Look for a review of Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert at JeanLittleLibrary, where Jennifer writes, “there have been a lot of biographies of Helen Keller, but this graphic biography focuses on Annie Sullivan and the art conveys a whole new dimension to the characters of the two girls.”

Margo at The Fourth Musketeer recommends Picasso: I the King, Yo el rey for children 12 years old and older. She points out this “new biography in verse of the iconic 20th century artist” may look like a picture book, but it is definitely for more mature readers.


Perogyo of Perogies & Gyoza shares Island Kids, which is a collection of adventurous stories about kids on the Pacific islands of British Columbia, “with such fascinating topics as rats, parrots, monkeys, cougars, and a chocolate strike!” Who wouldn’t want to know more?


Lynn Rutan and Cindy Dobrez of Bookends: Booklist Online Youth Blog ” are reviewing a wonderful book for elementary and middle school readers – The Skull in the Rock. This is a fabulous book that combines the biography of a scientist, an explanation of current methods and theories in human evolution and an exciting discovery.” Now, that sound like quite a find.


Congratulations to Anastasia on the release of her new book, Developing and Designing Your Glee Club Performance. She says, “it shows high school students how to start their own glee club (a.k.a. show choir).” Sounds like a fun project, see details at Booktalking.

Abby has found treasure in the form of Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors , a “gorgeous book sharing information about Islam through the lens of exploring different colors.” This all can be found at Abby the Librarian.



Janet Squires, of All About the Books with Janet Squires, suggests The Kids’ Guide to Paper Airplanes, because “the holiday season is filled with advertising for digital and electronic games and toys, but sometimes fun can be found in the simplest of items — paper!” How true!


Nancy found a book to explain Hanukkah to her children. She says Celebrate Hanukkah has “really great photos.” Take a look at The Busy Mom Bookshelf.

Alicia of The LibrariYAn shares Titanic: Voices From the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson. She writes, “Not only is it thoroughly researched (with plenty of extras for those who want to learn more), but the narrative, which weaves together the stories of various crew and passengers, is rich with detail and written in such a compelling style that it’s hard to put down.”


Here at Wrapped In Foil, I reviewed the picture book biography Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman, Olympic High-Jump Champion by Heather Lang and illustrated by Floyd Cooper.

That finishes our round-up for today. Hope to see you all next week.


Nonfiction Monday is a blogging celebration of nonfiction books for kids. We invite you to join us. For more information and a schedule, stop by Booktalking to see who is hosting each week.

Nonfiction Monday: Getting Ready For Fall

You have come to the right place, we’re hosting Nonfiction Monday today!

First up, I have a bit of promotion:

Have you ever visited the STEM Friday blog? This Friday, September 21, 2012, we are hosting a fall/autumn theme, which is always popular. Do you have any posts about science, technology, engineering or math children’s books that would fit in? They can even be older posts. If so, be sure to stop by with a link.

Also, Cybils judges are being announced today, starting at 10 a.m. PST. That means nominations open in just a few weeks!

Nonfiction Monday participants, go ahead and leave your link to posts discussing nonfiction children’s books in the comments and I’ll add them to the round up throughout the day.

Jeanne Walker Harvey at True Tales & A Cherry On Top celebrates the San Francisco Giants and baseball in general with Silent Star: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy by Bill Wise and illustrated by Adam Gustavson.
At NC Teacher Stuff, Jeff discusses the picture book biography Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President by Ann Malaspina and illustrated by Steve James.
Lisa wonders why DK took so long to revise A Street Through Time: A 12,000-Year Walk Through History by Anne Millard and illustrated by Steve Noon, first published in 1998. She writes at Shelf-employed.
Jen at Reads For Keeps says author Author Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano uses analogies to help guide readers through the universe in A Black Hole is Not a Hole.
Learn about The Amazing Harry Kellar: Great American Magician by Gail Jarrow at Jean Little Library. Jennifer relates that Kellar was once a famous magician who led the way for Harry Houdini.
Tara at A Teaching Life reviewed The Camping Trip That Changed America by Barb Rosenstock and illustrated by Mordecai Gerstein, about how Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir first got together and hatched a plan to save our wilderness.
Margo also has a review of the new biography on magician Harry Kellar, who she says is a contemporary of Houdini, and even more famous during that time: The Amazing Harry Kellar: Great American Magician by Gail Jarrow at The Fourth Musketeer.
Shirley takes a look at National Geographic’s new African Animal Alphabet by Beverly and Dereck Joubert at her Simply Science blog.
Books featuring cats are always popular around our house. Anastasia has found a picture book biography Bambino and Mr. Twain by Priscilla Maltbie and illustrated by Daniel Miyares at Booktalking.
Jennie from Biblio File takes an in depth look at Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever, an assessment of early and emergent literacy by the vibrant Mem Fox.
Cindy reports that Bookends is in with Jim Murphy’s book Bomb: The Race to Build–And Steal!–The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon with Common Core Connections linked to the standards. What a good idea!
Tammy Flanders at Apples with Many Seeds has a short but sweet promo for A-B-A-B-A- a Book of Pattern Play by Brian Cleary.
Janet reveals her selection is Amazing animals : the remarkable things that creatures do written by Margriet Ruurs and illustrated by W. Allan Hancock at All About the Books with Janet Squires. Slugs have three noses?
Amy Broadmoore reminds us to Celebrate Constitution Week with a list of picture books at Delightful Children’s Books.

Thank you to everyone who has participated today.

Are you ready for fall?

Nonfiction Monday is a blogging celebration of nonfiction books for kids. We invite you to join us. For more information and a schedule, stop by Booktalking to see who is hosting each week.