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Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits
This amazing book helped me think about reader's advisory in a whole new way - one that's focused not just on the present interaction, but on the desi...more
Feb 10, 2014
Feb 09, 2014
Pure Grit: How WWII Nurses in the Pacific Survived Combat and Prison Camp
This is another one of those amazing, mind-boggling and true WWII stories that haunt you after you finish. This will probably be enjoyed by the same p...more
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 30, 2014
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
This book is absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking. It gives us a small window into the mind of a 13-year-old Japanese boy with fairly severe autism....more
Nov 03, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
This is a fantastic book for middle graders about Amelia Earhart. It breaks up the accounts of her life with alternating chapters focusing just on the...more
Oct 05, 2012
Oct 02, 2012
Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (Awards))
This was a great book for kids about the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the civil rights movement in general. It tells the story in a balanced way, includ...more
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May 01, 2009
Marie Curie
This biography of Marie Curie was meant, I think, to be inspirational and it definitely succeeded on that front. Krull spent a lot of time detailing C...more
Sep 09, 2012
Sep 09, 2012
Modern Spies
This nonfiction book for middle grade readers (or hi-lo readers) tells the stories of several spies who worked – and were caught – in the last twenty...more
Oct 09, 2014
Oct 09, 2014
The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse
This was an interesting look at the skills and training a person would need to survive after a hypothetical disaster involving the collapse of civiliz...more
Jan 11, 2014
Jan 08, 2014
Autism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method That Has Helped Families All Over The World
This book, written for an audience of parents with a kid on the spectrum, was very informative and readable. It was packed full of solid advice and en...more
Apr 23, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age -- From Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between
This is a fantastic book that really ought to be standard issue in hospital maternity wards! I especially love how the author gives all the basics in...more
Aug 19, 2014
Aug 11, 2014
Sir Charlie: Chaplin, the Funniest Man in the World
This biography of Chaplin does a good job of presenting his life and his double-sided genius. It definitely makes the reader want to see as many Chapl...more
Sep 22, 2012
Sep 22, 2012
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
This was a realistic yet encouraging book about the things that hold women back from accomplishing what they want to accomplish in life (whatever that...more
Aug 19, 2013
Aug 18, 2013
Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV
This is an interesting look behind the scenes of hit 90s shows like Friends, Seinfeld, and ER. It's a nicely-arranged set of interview pieces from the...more
May 29, 2012
May 29, 2012
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous
This book is a very lively account of the deaths of several famous people through history, ranging from Caesar to Einstein. It plays up the "gross" fa...more
Feb 16, 2013
Feb 17, 2013
Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil
This was an interesting book about developmental psychology as seen through the lens of morality. I found the descriptions of experiments particularly...more
Dec 11, 2013
Dec 11, 2013
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
I really enjoyed this book by writer/actress Mindy Kaling from The Office. I discovered that she was the one who wrote my favorite episode, "The Injur...more
Mar 19, 2012
Mar 18, 2012
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
This was an interesting look at psychiatry and mental disorders, with an emphasis on psychopathy. There's also a lot of stuff in there about how menta...more
Oct 23, 2011
Oct 22, 2011
How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success
This was an informative and easy to read guide for parents, teachers, and other professionals who frequently interact with children ages two to five....more
Mar 09, 2014
Mar 09, 2014
This is a great piece of elementary-level nonfiction for kids about Charles Darwin. McGinty emphasizes lots of things about Darwin that kids will rela...more
Nov 30, 2012
Dec 16, 2012
The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way
This was a very interesting, nonpartisan look at America's education system and how it compares and contrasts to other, more successful education syst...more
Sep 20, 2013
Sep 19, 2013
The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself
This had some interesting thoughts about the origins of the American school system (both higher education and K-12) and how we'll have to leave those...more
Mar 30, 2014
Mar 29, 2014
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Interesting look at processed food and why it depends so much on the three things that are horrible for humans to eat a lot of, and why they taste so...more
Aug 12, 2014
Aug 01, 2014
This book would be pretty good for science-oriented kids who would like to hear about the mechanics of a rescue operation such as this, and less about...more
Sep 30, 2012
Oct 01, 2012
Candy Bomber
This is a wonderful, feel-good true story about an American pilot who wanted to brighten some kids' lives in West Berlin right after WWII. Great for o...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 17, 2013
We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March
This is a great overview of the civil rights movement in Birmingham, AL with a focus on the Children's March and its impact on the movement as a whole...more
Jan 30, 2013
Jan 27, 2013
Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise
Wil is funny, and I generally enjoyed this peek into his life. It was kind of heavy on the angst, though, so if that kind of thing bothers you, maybe...more
Jul 12, 2011
Jul 11, 2011
Bad Feminist: Essays
A great, smart essay collection. The author managed to pin down and examine tons of things that have always bothered me (mostly relating to pop cultur...more
Sep 03, 2014
Sep 01, 2014
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
Not as compelling as Gawande's other books but still good. This was about how a well-constructed, simple checklist can have an enormous impact on erro...more
Mar 14, 2010
Mar 12, 2010
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
This is a great nonfiction choice for anyone who has a child, works with children, or just has an interest in psychology or sociology. It's interestin...more
Dec 21, 2012
Dec 21, 2012
Titanic: Voices From the Disaster
This is a great book about the Titanic disaster that will really bring the whole thing to life for middle graders who are studying it for the first ti...more
Sep 21, 2012
Sep 14, 2012
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