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Titanic: Voices From the Disaster
I grew up in the Land of 10,000 Frozen Lakes. In Minnesota, it oozes cold. I thought I KNEW cold. But I found out I didn't when I decided to jump off ...more
Sep 30, 2012
Sep 30, 2012
Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature
Writer Lucy Boston describes editor, Margaret K. McElderry, "...she sailed forth, leaving me feeling like waste paper after royalty had passed." This ...more
Feb 28, 2013
Feb 27, 2013
Greed, Rage, and Love Gone Wrong: Murder in Minnesota
Good journalistic writing is characterized by detailed research, descriptive writing, and unbiased facts; something Bruce Rubenstein delivers in an in ...more
Jul 16, 2013
Jul 16, 2013
We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March
When the Red River crested in 1997 the water was filling up the streets like a bathtub and moving so fast I couldn't get sandbags piled around our hou ...more
May 23, 2013
May 22, 2013
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95
Ever hear of a robin-sized bird that flies from South Pole to the North Pole? Me neither. This story follows the migratory patterns of Moonbird, a ruf ...more
Apr 15, 2013
Apr 14, 2013
The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children
More of an introduction than in-depth look at the writing craft, I found this book a good refresher, especially with my teensy-weensy memory. I did sk ...more
Feb 20, 2013
Feb 19, 2013
Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design
I had to take a graphic design class for my journalism degree. I would have loved reading this book first. Not only is it a great introduction to the ...more
Feb 13, 2015
Feb 12, 2015
King George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the American Revolution
Steve Sheinkin has evolved into such a brilliant writer of narrative nonfiction that when I read his earlier books I'm a bit let down because I am exp ...more
Nov 27, 2013
Nov 26, 2013
Art Revolution: Alternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators
I read the book, The Third Gift by Linda Sue Park, and was baffled by illustrator Bagram Ibatoulline's artwork. The fascinating illustrations looked ...more
Jun 08, 2012
Jun 08, 2012
Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh
I have read this to at least 8 classes grades 1-3 and they absolutely love it and are engaged asking terrific questions. This bears journey during WWI ...more
May 08, 2015
May 07, 2015
Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat
Here's a nonfiction book that not only shows the scientific method, but describes the pellegra mystery, a disease that killed 100,000 people and affli ...more
May 29, 2015
May 28, 2015
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia
Anastasia Romanov's mysterious survival of the Bolsheviks' execution of her family has been a celebrated urban legend. When the Romanovs' graves were ...more
Feb 10, 2015
Feb 09, 2015
Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age -- From Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between
Jason Boog cites numerous studies that show interactive reading techniques as best practices for raising your child's intellect and curiosity. Interac ...more
Dec 27, 2014
Dec 27, 2014
Relentless Progress: The Reconfiguration of Children's Literature, Fairy Tales, and Storytelling
"In olden times, when wishing still helped, there lived a king..." so begins the final version of "The Frog Prince," by the Brothers Grimm. In the ori ...more
May 10, 2015
May 09, 2015
Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook
Good grief. I have 10 pages of notes on this book. Don't worry, I won't put you to bed with a long review, but the great phrases, advice, and lesson i ...more
Mar 2015
Feb 28, 2015
Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America's First Black Paratroopers
This emotional story had me in a free fall from start to end. Tension is inherent when covering black history, but when you throw in jumping out of an ...more
Apr 16, 2013
Apr 15, 2013
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
I take for granted growing up in a culture as a middle class kid who got a public education that gave me access to college. College meant a career. A ...more
Oct 18, 2013
Oct 17, 2013
Minneapolis in the Twentieth Century: The Growth of an American City
I prefer narrative nonfiction because the characters and setting come alive versus a straight forward presentation of facts that can at times be borin ...more
Jul 24, 2013
Jul 24, 2013
Show and Tell: Exploring the Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration
Caldecott Committee members are recommended reading the book, Show & Tell: Exploring the Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration, by Dilys Evans. ...more
Feb 19, 2011
Feb 13, 2012
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas
This introduction to three women that studied primates in the wild will appeal to readers that want less text and more visuals. The graphic novel foll ...more
May 16, 2015
May 15, 2015
Picture This: How Pictures Work
I wished I had read this book back in journalism school. It explains basic composition in pictures that is easy to understand. I've heard much of it b ...more
May 13, 2014
May 12, 2014
Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration
Immigration policies have not always represented the ideals of freedom and this nonfiction text shows the cycle of prejudice, fears, and exploitation ...more
May 21, 2015
May 20, 2015
Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World
I"m not a gamer, but I am a player of games from sports to board games to game-format lessons for students. Games are fun. Games are motivating. Games ...more
Jan 06, 2015
Jan 05, 2015
Percy Jackson's Greek Gods
This weighty book was cutting off the blood circulation in my legs after reading for two hours. I plopped it on my bathroom scale, the red digits glow ...more
Nov 18, 2014
Nov 17, 2014
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Novels: A Reader's Guide
I found this on the shelf in our library and saw that Philip Nel wrote it. His critiques and analyses of children's literature are interesting and und ...more
Feb 04, 2015
Feb 03, 2015
The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity
My husband talked me into taking a geology class while attending University. I lasted two weeks. I say this because I really liked the first part of t ...more
May 22, 2013
May 21, 2013
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
When Harry Gold heard FBI agents knocking on his door, he scrambled to flush evidence of his treasonous actions down the toilet, but when they examine ...more
Apr 18, 2013
Apr 18, 2013
A Black Hole Is Not a Hole
Not many writers can make astrophysics interesting. I've actually come across two articles on black holes in one week. The Best American Science and N ...more
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery
This is my third Steve Sheinkin book and while I thought it was interesting I didn't get swept up in the story as much as his most recent books, "Bomb ...more
Oct 2013
Sep 30, 2013
A Caldecott Celebration: Seven Artists and their Paths to the Caldecott Medal
I picked up some tidbits in this short book on Caldecott winners that were interesting and entertaining. I had never heard about the three art museums ...more
Jan 12, 2013
Jan 11, 2013
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