We are happy to host Nonfiction Monday today. Do leave your links in the Comments section and we shall update this throughout the day.
What’s up with Nonfiction this Week?
Jeff Barger from NC Teacher Stuff is sharing a review of Photographer and Writer David FitzSimmons’ Curious Critters who was described by Jeff as “fortunate enough to have 21 North American animals not only agree to sit for a portrait, but they also shared their thoughts with him on their life in the wild.” It does look like a fascinating read.
The beautiful Jeanne Walker Harvey of True Tales & A Cherry On Top is up early with a picture book biography of Josephine Baker entitled Jazz Age Josephine written by Jonah Winter and illustrations by Marjorie Priceman. Josephine Baker is one of my favorites, so I’d be sure to check this one out.
Mary Ann Scheuer from Great Kid Books is exploring nonfiction book apps that her students have found interesting. She noted that she is immensely fascinated by how these apps are able to “integrate so many features of excellent nonfiction books and learning.” Mary Ann also kindly shared a few of her favorite iPad apps such as Bats: Furry Fliers in the Night by Mary Kay Carson, Bobo Explores Light by Game Collage and National Geographic Explorer just to cite a few. Visit her site to know more.
Meanwhile, I share a review of Kathleen Krull’s immensely fascinating book entitled Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and what the Neighbors thought) illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. This is perfect for our bimonthly theme on Girl Power and Women’s Wiles as it highlights female empowerment. It includes life story narratives of diverse females from all over the world including Cleopatra, Aung San Suu Kyi, Eva Peron, Tz’u-Hsi from China among others.
Zoe from Playing by the Book offers us a beautiful pairing of the nonfiction The Stick Book by Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks and Stanley’s Stick by John Hegley and Neal Layton. As per usual, Zoe shares with us an array of activities she has done with her own children as inspired by these two lovely books. You should definitely check out her consistently-comprehensive and insightful posts. Always comes with fabulous photos and wonderful music to boot.
Miss Yingling of Ms. Yingling Reads has two fabulous books for us today as she shares Raymond Bial’s Rescuing Rover: Saving America’s Dogs and Marty Crisp’s Everything Dog: What Kids Really Want to Know About Dogs. For those who love dogs, these two books seem like a must-read.
The dynamic duo Cathy and Louise from The Nonfiction Detectives share Cynthia Levinson’s We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March. In Cathy’s post, she shares how impressed she was by Levinson’s research as she wrote this book which tackles a very important issue that young people should be cognizant of. With the aid of black and white photographs and masterful narrative, this book seems like a keeper.
Lisa from Shelf-employed has several assorted treats for us with an announcement of the blog tour of Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat, a video trailer of The Hobbit (yes, it’s in the production stage now, apparently) and links about the ‘dirt’ on The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake – yee-haa! Delectable sampler indeed!
Amy from Hope is the Word raves about a delightful picture book: The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont by Victoria Griffith. Amy shared that the book has captivated her from page one and she has also included two possible companion books that children might enjoy reading after they have devoured this lovely book by Griffith. I have yet to read this book, now I am definitely intrigued!
Jennifer Wharton from Jean Little Library serves us How Cooking Works, a book that would get the little tykes wearing an apron which says “Kiss the Chef” as they learn new recipes and how to serve simple dishes. I have a feeling that most of my fears when it comes to cooking might have been prevented if I read this as a child.
Sue Heavenrich of Archimedes Notebook concludes Earth Month with a review of “Waiting for Ice” along with a helpful interview with author Sandra Markle who talks about what it means to be a writer and to be a teacher – and playing around with both to imagine how it would be like to capture the sensibilities of a child – to hopefully inspire “the scientists of the future.” Find out more about the polar bears of Wrangle Island through Sue’s review.
Books 4 Learning takes us back in time with Pompeii: Lost and Found as written by one of our favorite authors, Mary Pope Osborne. If you want to have a feel of what life was like 2000 years ago and the sensation of being frozen in time, do check this book out. Perfect as well for budding historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists – okay, let’s make it more general and say social scientist then.
Janet Squires from All About the Books brings a little bit of action to the group through her sharing of “Basketball belles: how two teams and one scrappy player put women’s hoops on the map” written by Sue Macy with illustrations by Matt Collins. Since I have a ten year old daughter who plays for their school’s basketball team, this is one book that I am more than certain would inspire her greatly. I should try to find this in our libraries pronto!
Wendie from Wendie’s Wanderings takes us to sea this time around (paddles up, everyone) as she reviews Escaping Titanic: A Young Girl’s True Story of Survival by Marybeth Lorbiecki. Find out who Ruth Elizabeth Becker is through this picture book and know that it isn’t just Rose and Jack who was in that giant ship (*sings My Heart Will Go On*).
For Second Servings
Deliciously snarky Jennie of Biblio File ushers in the eerie early this morning (in my part of the world) with Rosalyn Schanzer’s Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem. Find out why this book broke Jennie’s heart “in a way nothing else about Salem ever has” – she had me at that description. Will definitely look for this book.
Anastasia Suen is in with another plate of Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her
Cat at Booktalking. Her post also includes a beautiful interview with Susanna Reich, the book’s author, as part of its blog tour. Seymour Simon booktalks Butterflies on the Nonfiction Book Blast blog. Do check these links out.