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Welcome to Nonfiction Monday! Gather Round and leave your Links!

A warm welcome to everyone’s who’s joining us for Nonfiction Monday this week. We are happy to be your hosts for the week. Do leave your links in the Comments Section since Mr. Linky and WordPress do not seem to see eye-to-eye. I shall then periodically update this post to make space for the weekly participants as they slowly trickle in and share their book finds. 🙂

Our own contribution can be found in the post below: A Full Moon is Rising, poems by Marilyn Singer and pictures by Julie Cairns – courtesy of Lee & Low Publishing Group received through NetGalley. This is also in keeping with our Poetry-filled Yuletide Cheer theme this November and December. 🙂

Our theme for the month. Poster courtesy of the ever-talented Iphigene.

Lovely Links from Nonfiction Monday Bibliophiles

First off, we have Roberta from Wrapped in Foil review Susan Hughes’ Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World. I’ve been intrigued by this book ever since it was nominated for Cybils – and I’ve also read quite a number of rave reviews about it from other Nonfiction Monday contributors. Looks like it’s getting a lot of love from educators and book bloggers. I hope I see this in our bookshelves here in Singapore soon.

Eeew! Yikes! Creepy crawlies! Jeff from NC Teacher Stuff shares Bug Shots: The Good, the Bad, and the Bugly written by Alexandra Siy and photomicrographs by Dennis Kunkel. In Jeff’s short but sweet (yet highly comprehensive) review, you get to find out how to spell en-to-mo-lo-gy and know how you can also join the FBI (Fellow Bug Investigator)!

Tara of A Teaching Life talks about Oil Spill! Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico by Elaine Landau. I love how these bits of helpful information are now made available to most kids. I particularly enjoyed the fact that apparently there is a section on “What you can do” so these things do not happen again. Check out the link to know more about this highly informative book.

Cathy and Louise from The Nonfiction Detectives managed to unearth lovely discoveries from Kathryn O. Galbraith’s Planting the Wild Garden – another Cybils contender this year. This time we get to know o-no-ma-to-poeia (don’t you just love Nonfiction Mondays?) and how this is effectively used in the narrative. One of the things I also gathered is that the farmer doing the planting is not your usual male farmer, but a woman! Find out more by clicking on the link above.

Lisa from Shelf-Employed shared her 2011 choices for “Books that will change your world view” – and this would include Linda Sue Park’s A Long Walk to Water and Charles Fishman’s The Big Thirst – and this reflection has been inspired by Lisa’s being without water in her kitchen for several days now (I do commiserate, Lisa, I imagine it must be very tough).

Peggy T from Anatomy of Nonfiction raised an important issue in writing nonfiction and the issue of voice in the narrative. Question of the day (which I would invite all of you to answer in her blog) is: “Does there have to be conflict in nonfiction?” Peggy has managed to share a few examples of picture book biographies that depict internal and external struggles. She ended by asking whether you have more examples of conflict in nonfiction literature that you can all share. Scoot on over there and share your thoughts.

We get a little bit of hardcore action from Brenda of ProseandKahn as she reviews Score! The Action and Artistry of Hockey’s Magnificent Moment by Mark Stewart and Mike Kennedy. It’s interesting to note that Brenda begins her review by saying: “I am not a fan of hockey. I don’t know much about it.” From those lines alone, you can tell that it’s bound to be an interesting take on the book.

Jen of Perogies and Gyoza provides us the gift of perspective (and ‘juxtaposition’) in her review of Big and Small, Room for All by Jo Ellen Bogart with illustrations by Gillian Newland. A book that makes us sit back and sigh at the vastness of the universe while at the same time marveling over the miniature microorganisms that are around us also has my thumbs-up.

Kimberly Hutmatcher from Wild About Nature was rockin’ and rollin’ this year with the release of six new books plus two new book series from Capstone Press (and more to come in 2012!). As the year is about to end, do expect a round-up from the lovely Wild About Writing Trio (Kim, Heidi, and Laura) as they look back and share with us the books that they’ve successfully published over the year. You ladies are truly an inspiration.

Amy at Hope is the Word heals our colds and coughs with a few quirky multiple-choice questions from Carlyn Beccia’s I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat: History’s Strangest Cures. Check out how puke weed, maggots, and urine could possibly cure ailments (word to watch out for in this review: vociferous). This book is also nominated for Cybils Nonfiction Picture Book Category for 2012.

Alex Baugh from The Children’s War takes us down the dark corridors of memory lane as he reviews On the Home Front: Growing up in Wartime England by Ann Stalcup. We get a fuller picture of what it was like to have lived back in the 1930s (definitely a very different portrait of England) as Stalcup pieces together anecdotes and sharp memories from a time that should never be forgotten.

Middle School Librarians Cindy and Lynn (out to prove that two heads are better than one in reviewing children’s books) share their collaborative thoughts on Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art by J. H. Shapiro. So grab a paintbrush, some dabs of paint, and find out how you can “paint the world” and turn “everyday junk into amazing creations.”

Jennifer Wharton of Jean Little Library reviews not one, not two, but six new series from Bearport for Nonfiction Monday. Head on over there to know more about freaky strange buildings, super bowl superstars, artful snacks, big dogs, and paramedics! Truly a diverse set of topics/ themes/ books to explore – can not be missed.

Iron Guy Carl of Boys Rule Boys Read! show us more kicks and sprints (and some real muscles to boot) with his review of Keltie Thomas’ How Football Works. It’s the NFL Season once again, I believe. I could just imagine big boys glued to their tivos on a 24/7 basis. This book would definitely be a good introduction as to why men are the way they are during this period in time.

Shirley Duke from Simply Science Blog asks us to pause for a moment for a bit of nourishment as she discusses Richard Sobol’s The Life of Rice: From Seedling to Supper. It also appears that the setting for this lovely book is from a neighboring country of ours, Thailand! Be sure to check out Shirley’s post since it also includes a comprehensive list of activities that can be done with your school kids, plus a number of helpful links that would just be fantabulous for educators.

Laurie Thompson brings us to another Cybils nominee: Laura Purdie Salas’ Picture Yourself Writing Poetry: Using Photos to Inspire Writing. I have a feeling I’d take to this book, given my love affair with photography and touching up images (iPhoto and Photoshop are my bestfriends along with the books lying peacefully in my shelves). Any book that opens up with the lines: “The best poems are magical, miniature worlds” sounds promising indeed.

The lovely author Jeanne Walker Harvey from True Tales & A Cherry on Top snips and snaps with her short and sweet review of Tony Jonhston’s and Stacy Innerst’s  Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea: A Fairly Fabricated Story of a Pair of Pants. While I prefer wearing leggings myself – my husband is a huge Levis aficionado. I echo what Jeanne noted about the San Francisco area being Levi Strauss territory – we do a divide and conquer when my husband and I are in San Francisco: I head for the book stores, he goes to Levi Strauss and Nike territory.

Heidi Grange from Geo Librarian takes flight with The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont written by Victoria Griffith and illustrations by Eva Montanari. Word of the day from this blog post: di-ri-gi-ble. Except for a slight peeve about the horses (see the review), Heidi noted that we get to know the character more intently through the stories about him. Heidi also raised an important question in her write-up: “How much is it permissible to invent based on research versus using only words the person had spoken that had been recorded?” Nice one. Head on over there to share your thoughts.

Tammy Flanders from Apples with Many Seeds makes us sit back and reflect with her incisive post on Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent: how daring slaves and free Blacks spied for the Union during the Civil War. Encrypted secret messages, woodcut illustrations (she had me there), photographs from the 1800s, and detailed footnotes (see, I am a geek that way) are only some of the highlights from this lovely book. Check out Tammy’s post to know more.

Anastasia Suen shares her recommended picture book of the day, Life Cycles: Polar Lands by Sean Callery and her pick for Chapter Book of the day, Learn to Speak Dance: A Guide to Creating, Performing & Promoting Your Moves by Ann-Marie Williams (Author) and Jeff Kulak (Illustrator). Head on over there and check out Anastasia’s snippets and literary links.

All About the Books with Janet Squires goes historical too with her review of Kubla Khan: The Emperor of Everything by Kathleen Krull and artwork by Robert Byrd. Take a leap to China’s Yuan Dynasty and be immersed in the colors and intricate details of that period in time.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

21 comments on “Welcome to Nonfiction Monday! Gather Round and leave your Links!

  1. Myra,

    Thanks for “gathering” the Nonfiction Monday posts. I reviewed the Cybils MG/YA nonfiction nominee Off to Class at
    You participate in an amazing array of events!


  2. Hi Myra! Thank you for hosting today. A Full Moon is Rising looks terrific. At NC Teacher Stuff, I have a review of Bug Shots:


  3. Thanks for hosting, Myra! Thank you too for cluing me into A Full Moon Rising – it looks lovely, and I can never have enough poetry! I reviewed “Oil Spill! Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico” – a new-ish book that explains the event:


  4. Thanks for hosting Nonfiction Monday, Myra. The Nonfiction Detectives have a review of Planting the Wild Garden:


  5. Good morning! I’ve been compiling my “best of” lists for 2011. My post features two books most likely to change your view of the world. Thanks for hosting.


  6. Hi, Thanks for hosting. At Anatomy of Nonfiction I discuss conclict in nonfiction, and I’d love your input.


  7. Happy Monday and thanks for hosting. I love your season-appropriate post and will definitely check that out. I’m a fan of Singer’s. I guess mine is accidentally winter-themed. I ordered Score! for my school library b/c I have a rabid hockey fan at school and a woefully lacking collection of hockey books. Here’s the link:

    Have a great day!



  8. Thanks for hosting Myra! I love that A Full Moon is Rising has poetry and scenes from around the world. Sounds great.

    I reviewed a picture book called Big and Small, Room for All.


  9. Wild About Nature blog begins our Year-In-Review, where we highlight what our Wild Writers have been up to over the last year. We invite you to read our first post and share what you have been up to as well. Any book sales? Favorite books read? Stop by and fill us in.

    Thanks for hosting this week!


  10. Thanks for hosting Non-Fiction Monday this week. I reviewed a book called On the Home Front: Growing Up in Wartime England –


  11. Today at Bookends Cindy and I are reviewing Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and his Art by J. H. Shapiro. Thanks for hosting!


  12. Thanks for hosting! I have a sample of several new nonfiction series from Bearport


  13. The posts look realy nice. Thank you for hosting. I have The Life of Rice at SimplyScience this week.


  14. Thanks for hosting, and what a lovely job of it you’ve done! Today I review Cybils Nonfiction Picture Book nominee Picture Yourself Writing Poetry: Using Photos to Inspire Writing.


  15. Thanks for hosting and I echo the comments that you’ve created such a lovely post with the submissions. True Tales & A Cherry On Top is featuring Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea
    A Fairly Fabricated Story of a Pair of Pants

    take care,



  16. Thanks for hosting. I have a review of The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont by Victoria Griffith.


  17. Tammy Flanders

    Thanks for looking after today’s event, Myra.
    At Apples with Many Seeds, I’m looking at Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent: how daring slaves and free Blacks spied for the Union during the Civil War by Thomas B. Allen. A fascinating read with a great book design.


  18. Thanks for hosting today! I have 2 books at Booktalking: My Picture Book of the Day is Life Cycles: Polar Lands by Sean Callery and my Chapter Book of the Day is Learn to Speak Dance: A Guide to Creating, Performing & Promoting Your Moves by Ann-Marie Williams.


  19. Thanks for hosting.
    My selection is “Kubla Khan: the emperor of everything” by Kathleen Krull with illustrations by Robert Byrd.


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